Customers upgrading from Internet Explorer
8 will notice performance improvements, a safer experience that puts the focus
on their favorite websites and tweaks to the user interface — changes that help
make your websites shine.
There are three core pillars that
represent how we reimagined the role of the browser with Internet Explorer 9 to
deliver an experience that makes your web feel as native as the applications
running on your PC:
Fast: Internet Explorer 9 is all-around fast. Part of
reimagining the role of the browser to deliver immersive, compelling web
experiences is rethinking the concept of fast. Today, fast is too often
narrowly defined as page load time. Tomorrow, a browser will not be able to
call itself fast unless it lets people interact with graphically rich sites and
applications with lightning speed. Fully hardware-accelerated graphics, text,
video, and audio through Windows means that the same markup not only works
across the web, but runs faster and delivers a richer experience. Designed to
take full advantage of the power of your computer’s hardware through Windows,
Internet Explorer 9 delivers dynamic experiences that are as fast and
responsive as native applications installed on your computer.
Clean: Internet Explorer 9 puts the focus on the web sites
you love, with a clean experience for your web that meets you where you are.
With Internet Explorer 9 and Windows, we rethought the role of the browser and
how people interact with websites and web applications. While other browsers
focus on the browser itself, Internet Explorer 9 is site-centric, as opposed to
browser-centric. You have the websites you love with a clean look that makes
your websites shine.
Trusted: Internet Explorer 9 helps people feel confident and in
control. The more that the web becomes part of our everyday lives, the more
complex that the issues of online trust and browser trust become. When done
correctly, creating a trustworthy browser helps customers feel connected to the
web, not distracted by concerns about reliability, privacy, or safety. Internet
Explorer 9 is the trusted way to access the web because it has a robust set of
built-in security, privacy, and reliability technologies that can help keep you
safer and your browsing experience virtually uninterrupted.
Designed to take full advantage of your
Windows-based computer's hardware, Internet
Explorer 9 enables developers to build
graphically rich and immersive Web
experiences that are as fast and responsive as applications installed on your
computer, making for a better consumer experience. These new features make the Web all-around fast with Internet Explorer 9
Full hardware-acceleration. Hardware-accelerated text, video and graphics
mean that your websites perform like applications installed directly
on your Windows-based computer.
interprets, compiles and executes code in parallel by taking advantage of
multiple CPU cores.
Clean site-centric design makes sites shine and
integrates with Windows 7
With a clean look and an increased viewing area, Windows Internet
Explorer 9 puts the focus on the things you
love and makes your websites shine.
Your favorite sites are taken out of the browser box, with seamless Windows 7
Clean browser user interface. In Internet Explorer 9, the simplified user
interface and site-centric user experience
put the focus on the content of each website. This means less screen
real estate is taken up by the browser, letting people
browse and experience more of what websites have to
Pinned Sites. With Pinned Sites, your favorite websites can be accessed directly from the
Windows 7 taskbar without having
to first open the browser. You can pin sites to the
taskbar by dragging the tab or the icon to the left of
the URL to the taskbar, then easily find and launch those sites you access most often — just like native applications on the PC. When a pinned
site is launched from the taskbar, the browser frame and navigational controls
integrate the site’s icon and primary color, emphasizing the site and providing
an even more site-focused experience.
Jump Lists. With Jump Lists, you have a quick and easy way to get to a common website task without having to launch the browser first. For Pinned Sites where developers have created Jump Lists capabilities, you can quickly create a new e-mail message,
check your inbox, change your music station, accept a friend invite or see breaking news.
Windows Aero Snap for your
websites. You often need to use
more than one website or page to accomplish a task. In Internet Explorer 9,
Microsoft has reduced the frame, giving more room than competitors to let your
sites shine. In addition, tearing off a tab by dragging it away from the browser, and using Windows Aero
Snap to position the content, is a great way to show two sites or pages side by
One Box. One Box gives people a single place to start whether they want to
navigate to a specific site or search for a site. One Box in Internet Explorer 9 incorporates search functionality into the Address Bar. With
One Box, you can navigate to a site, search for a site, switch between search
providers, or access browsing history, Favorites, or suggestions from search
One Box Top
Result. Another feature that speeds
browsing is Address Bar Top Result. Address Bar Top Result helps you remember
the Web address for common websites by taking you directly to the top results
of your search provider without first displaying the search results page.
Internet Explorer 9 is a
trusted way to surf the Web because it has a robust set of built-in
security, privacy and reliability technologies that help keep you safer and your browsing experience virtually uninterrupted. These new
features help provide the trust you need to feel safer online.
Tracking Protection. Some content on websites can
be used to track your activity as you browse the Web. Tracking Protection
allows you to limit the browser's communication with certain websites — determined
by a Tracking Protection List — to help keep your information private. Anyone
can create Tracking Protection Lists, and some are available today.
ActiveX Filtering. ActiveX is a technology that
allows Web developers to create interactive content on their sites, but it can
also pose a security risk. Internet Explorer 9 allows you to block ActiveX
Controls for all sites, and then turn them back on for only the sites that you
trust with the new ActiveX Filtering option.
Hang recovery. In Internet
Explorer 9, this feature isolates the impact of a hung tab to
the individual tab, so that other tabs and the overall browser continue to
operate. When a website hangs because of a long-running script or other
operation, it causes your browser to become nonresponsive. Hang recovery in
Internet Explorer 9 means you can continue browsing on other
tabs. This new feature complements tab isolation and
automatic crash recovery, which also helps keep you browsing and prevent the
loss of information.
Compatibility View. You can feel good knowing that your favorite websites will run in the newest
version of Internet Explorer. If Internet Explorer 9 detects a website that has not specified its
desired display mode, the Compatibility View button appears next to the Refresh button on
the Address Bar. Pressing the Compatibility View
button causes Internet Explorer 9 to switch to a legacy document mode. The state of the button is
saved for that Web page, so there is no need to press it again when you return
to the same page at a later time.
Getting the latest browser updates helps keep you
protected over time. You can choose to have important
updates installed automatically, once they are made available. Automatically
installed updates can include security updates, critical updates, definition
updates, update rollups and service packs through Windows Update.
Group Policy support. For IT professionals, Internet Explorer 9 continues to provide
excellent Group Policy support. With nearly 1,500 Group Policy
settings, including new settings to support Windows Internet Explorer 9 features,
IT professionals have the control they need to manage Internet Explorer
installations after deployment.
support for HTML5, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Cascading Style Sheets Level
3 (CSS3), ECMAScript 5 and DOM provides a new set of capabilities that will
help enable developers write one set of markup language and know that it will
work and look the same in all modern browsers. Internet Explorer 9 was
designed with support for industry standards built in to help ensure that the
same markup language works the same across browsers.