The word is out that Internet Explorer 9 is available for download in its final form, and here are some places to learn more:
To accompany the release, here’s a bunch of general tips, some especially useful for developers and designers…
Not short, but definitely worth perusing over a cup of coffee – the IE9 Guide for Developers. It explains support for CSS3, HTML5, SVG, and more.
Then put IE9 through its paces via the demos at the IE Test Drive site.
If some sites (especially those demos above) seem slow when using IE9, check to ensure hardware acceleration hasn’t been disabled. Here’s the enabled hardware acceleration setting (via Tools –> Internet Options –> Advanced):
Hardware acceleration is on by default, but having an outdated graphics device driver or not having a capable GPU may cause software rendering to be enabled and this option greyed out. Read the related support article (KB 2398082) and see if your drivers need updating. Also, my teammate Jim has a good post on this.
IE9 supports tab isolation and page recovery, and will prompt you to restore from crashes, but where do you go to manually reopen pages?
Did you just close a page and want it back? Hit Ctrl + Shift + T. You can also right-click on a tab and choose “Recently closed tabs”.
Also, open a blank tab (or enter “about:Tabs”) and take a look at the bottom:
And there’s the magic – “Reopen closed tabs” and “Reopen last session”.
Developer Tools (F12 or Tools -> “F12 Developer Tools”) have been included since Internet Explorer 8, and in IE9 there are some new features:
User Agent Switching
I’m working on a post diving more deeply into the Developer Tools, but for now see “Developer Tools” in the IE Guide for Developers.
Support for pinning is straightforward and a good way to set your site apart from others (I suppose in a literal sense as well). Your pinned site will take up residence on the task bar and feature jump lists for quick navigation and support notifications to alert your users.
Here’s the effect of pinning Channel 9: Color/Icon Before Color/Icon After
Taskbar & Jumplists
See a demo in the IE9 launch keynote at about 11:40 in.
Tabs Under Address Bar
Intranet Support - Want to type an intranet site and navigate there vs. searching?
Changing the Download Directory
I hope you enjoy IE9!