Microsoft gets IE right in IE9 Video
Microsoft gets IE right in IE9 Video Transcript
-Hi, I'm Seth Rosenblatt for CNET, and in this first look video, I'll be taking you on a quick tour of Internet Explorer 9 where it does well and what could be better. The first change you'll notice is the interface which I mostly like. The new minimalist design displays the tabs on the same level as the location bar, but IE's competitors have their tabs on a different row. You can change it by right clicking next to the location bar or on a tab and choosing the show tabs on a separate row option. This is also how you can restore the status bar, command bar, and favorites bar. You might not notice this next change since so many browsers are doing at these days, but the search bar is gone. It's gone. You can't get it back. It's been merged into the location bar which Microsoft has beefed up. You can turn on Google instant style search suggestions easily in the re-branded location bar which Redmond calls the One Box. You use it to navigate to a site, search for sites, or look at browsing history or favorites. You can also change search providers at the bottom which is a slick merge of the old search bar functionality into the new location bar. So that's how IE 9 looks. Let's now talk about what it does. First off, the big new feature is Pin Sites. Pin sites can have customized Jump List, show e-mail accounts, thumbnail actions. It all depends on the site developers. Another excellent new feature is a robust option for stopping internet ad stalkers, simply called Tracking Protection. It uses both a header-base solution and blacklists to keep those targeted ads from locking on you. It also comes with a white list for sites that you actually do want to track you and you can configure how often an ad tracker pings you before it gets blocked. The lower the number, the less tolerance for targeted ads you have. IE 9 sees the debut of a long awaited security enhancement and ActiveX filter, which you can use to block all ActiveX content, and then selectively activate it on a per site basis. One very minor but very cool new feature is an add-on performance adviser that will automatically tell you when toolbars and other add-ons slow down IE. Other changes include the snappy Aero Snap for tabs, a new tab page that uses favicons instead of snapshot previews which is different but definitely likeable; a beefed up download manager with enhanced reputation based security features cribbed for modern security suites; and improved process isolation which prevents individual tab crashes from killing the whole browser. There's also an option for automatic updates as you see in Chrome and Opera. Performance and web standards have been perennial stumbling blocks for IE, but then actually it really changes on IE 9. Expanded support for HTML 5 and other feature web technologies means that developers now get low from the HTML 5 geolocation feature and semantic tags, CSS3 2D Transforms, and support for the WebM Video codec. These features are largely present in other browsers, so this helps keep IE competitive. For us endusers, this basically means that we can start using things like Google Docs and IE 9. Overall, IE 9 looks good, runs smoothly, and really are to impress the pants of any browser watchers that it's a Microsoft product. And for a deeper look at some of IE 9's new features, be sure to check out the how-to videos at cnettv.com. With your first look at Internet Explorer 9, I'm Seth Rosenblatt for CNET.
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