Lets be clear on one thing, UP FRONT, to avoid recrimination and remorse.
Right now, IE 9 is not in BETA.
Unless you are a confirmed masochist, who only looks at 3 Web pages a day, there is really no way that you can use the IE 9 ‘Test Drive’ as your primary browser.
Microsoft, right now, provides two things:
- ‘Speed’ (no, not drugs), HTML5 and graphics demos. You can experience the demos WITHOUT downloading the IE9 PREVIEW. Click <here> for the demos.
- PREVIEW version of IE9, from the <same page as the demo>, though the PREVIEW is intentionally disabled so that you won’t mistake it for a beta.
I tried the demos and DOWNLOADED the PREVIEW. Honest.
IE9, according to Microsoft, fully exploits the graphic acceleration capabilities of your video card — if you have one installed.
I tried all the demos. The ‘Flying Images’ one is too psychedelic for me. What is it trying to do, what is it trying to prove? Just looks like a mess to me. What would have been so wrong with doing something with fractals. I guess since Microsoft only employs high-school dropouts there is nobody at Redmond who has heard of fractals.
The pulsating bubbles is LAME as is Falling Balls. If they were going to show a demo of ‘falling balls,’ I would have thought they would at least show us a clip of Ballmer in drag.
The PREVIEW left me cold. Yep, I tried it on a couple of my Web sites. No question. It was somewhat quick. But, I, however, doubt whether Microsoft will ever convince me to use IE. I haven’t used IE as my default browser since c. 2005. I also stopped using OutLook and OutLook Express around 2008. I count these as two of the BEST decisions I have made in my life.
So … bottom line … IE 9 is NOT in beta. Just DEMO and PREVIEW. If you want cool graphics … play with fractals. Tell Microsoft to demo IE 9 using fractals and that we would love to see a video of Ballmer in drag, with or without falling balls.