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Windows IE 9 is out and about. hat is different from IE 8 and is it worth downlading?
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On first use - bogging awful - spent half my time trying to find my way around and adjusting settings. Hopefully, things will improve.
We always urge users to upgrade their browsers to the latest available version. IE9 is actually quicker, more secure and more now renders web pages more correctly. Yes, it's quite a bit different then IE8, but using it and within a couple of hours you won't even notice the differences.
I suspect that over 90% of users of this Forum have long ago been converted from IE to Firefox, so I suppose the more pertinent question is, "Does IE9 have anything to tempt Firefox users away from Mozilla and back (?) to Microsoft?"
Quote: I suspect that over 90% of users of this Forum have long ago been converted from IE to Firefox
I suspect that's wishful thinking!
Browser usage, generally, shows a pretty even split. I have FF4 and IE9 on my PC and am happy with IE9.
I have to use IE for work.
But in the past when MS pushed out a new browser, they weren't backwards compatible, so I don't rush to use a new one until I'm told someone else has completed the hassle job of thorough testing.
From personal preference I use FF. But others use Chrome or Opera, and the Apple wannabees use Safari.
Then there's a whole new batch of browsers on Androids. (Androids are taking over the world, resistance is useless resistance is useless etc.)
I think its quite possible that 90% of internetters use Firefox, and also 90% use Internet Explorer, and 90% use something else But not all at the same time.
I'm not sure where all the Firefox advocates get their stats from.
I use it myself, but I just checked our local folk festival.
IE - 60%
FF - 34%
Best of the rest - Safari 2.8%
And I know traffic on our work website is even more heavily biassed towards IE.
Check the festivals latest stats from the last 500 pages....
And in reply to the OP
Yes - I'm loving IE9 - the web development tools have finally caught up with the Web Developer plugin for Firefox and in some cases like monitoring the response headers, caching and performance for included content it's WAY better.
For the time being FF4 will continue to be my main browser as Firefox Synch allows me to keep my bookmarks as a standard set whichever PC I'm sat at.
I've heard you can do something similar with Chrome, but I keep getting bitten by bugs in Chrome and only use it for testing.
Quote: We always urge users to upgrade their browsers to the latest available version. IE9 is actually quicker, more secure and more now renders web pages more correctly.
I have to agree with David on that one - it's always worth being on the latest version of a browser and it'll help the folks working on EPZ to give you newer, better features sooner if everyone upgrades. New versions of IE, Chrome and Firefox have all come out over the last month or so and I've been testing them all for various sites. Chrome and Firefox are still ahead of IE9 IMO but if you're an IE fan, it's worth the move to the latest version. If not, give the new versions of Firefox and Chrome (or Safari or Opera) a try.
Quote: I'm not sure where all the Firefox advocates get their stats from.
It depends heavily on the audience of individual sites. Generally sites with more technically aware users (which probably includes EPZ) seem to have a lower proportion of IE users. For instance a tech blog I run has 44% FF, 30% Chrome and 18% IE whereas my wife's jewellery business which she says has a pretty technophobic audience has 45% IE, 27% FF, and 11% Chrome. w3schools publish their stats here too, which again would point towards a link between a more techy audience and lower IE use.
ePHOTOzine: 35% IE, 29% FF at the moment The rest is split up with Chrome, safari and the others. So IE still has the biggest chunk here.
But IE9 is not available for those of us who still use Windows XP.
And no I'm not going to upgrade to Windows 7, until I have to replace the current machine.
Yea, that is a bit rubbish. And it doesn't really make sence either as the Chrome and Firefox are both much faster and better and can run on XP.
Quote: But IE9 is not available for those of us who still use Windows XP.
It is a bit rubbish that MS don't support their most used OS with their latest browser but that doesn't stop XP users upgrading to one of the other latest generation browsers such as Firefox 4 or Chrome 10. I guess that's the best option for XP folks. Either way though, it's worth moving on from IE8 as later browsers support new web features which web sites will more and more want to make use of for a more interactive user experience.
Quote: We always urge users to upgrade their browsers to the latest available version. IE9 is actually quicker, more secure and more now renders web pages more correctly. Yes, it's quite a bit different then IE8, but using it and within a couple of hours you won't even notice the differences.
I am using the latest available as far as I know - IE8. Yes, I'm one of the XP crowd. I use Windows 7 at work and have seen nothing there that makes me want to shell out for the upgrade on my home machines. It simple isn't that good after 3 months with it at work to justify spending anything on it and I suspect my laptop will slow down if I do. Certainly the work laptops are very slugish although the desktops are canny.
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