September 16, 2010
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IE9 Beta - Can it compete with the upstarts?
I almost always try the beta or test version of software. I am not so much into testing for testing sake, just trying out new stuff, before it is widely available. I tried the test Win95 interface for Windows NT 3.5, back before NT 3.51 adopted the new Win95 interface outright. For that matter, I took part in the Windows 95 “Preview Program” – little more than a glorified Beta test, for which I paid – $35.00? – to take part in. What was I thinking?
Ah well, with the IE9 beta, I again am trying the beta version, for the same old “trying something new” reason, plus one other… I’m curious, you see. I’ve NEVER been excited or very impressed with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Pretty much as soon as Netscape Navigator was available, I grabbed it and didn’t look back. Same with Netscape Communicator, Mozilla Firebird (yes, it was called Firebird until they had to change the name). What will the IE9 Beta bring to the browsing table? Can it compete with upstarts Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, not to mention Opera?
I’ve always used IE, through its various iterations. The bare bones IE2, the barely can remember it IE3, IE4, which was not “that” bad… IE5, which I didn’t really like, IE6, which I pretty much hated (along with all other IT/web development folks)… then IE7, which was a big improvement over IE6, and then IE8, which, all things considered, is not a bad browser at all. Which is a good thing, considering that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds nearly 65% of the browser market. Read more of this post