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IE9 - will this make you consider a browser change?

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Never mind the hype, but if these stats are believable (source: MSDN) then it may well be worth giving it a bit of a spin.

Especially since FF is gaining a reputation as a 'slow-b[l]oat', Chrome has been playing catch-up, and Opera (unbelievably) remains a bit-player. Can't fathom the resistance to the last as I find it breathtakingly fast, however, it does have its own rendering quirks, and I suspect that is probably why many users put it aside, preferring to fall back to Chrome or FF.

But there's a new kid on the block and I suspect many will start using it despite Microsoft's abysmal browser record in the past.



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IE9 is a huge leap forward. But whilst it's been in development, Chrome has made it's own huge leap forwards, so it's still behind  :lol:.

The problem with that table is it only looks at the tests Microsoft has submitted (I believe so anyway). If it looked at for instance Firefox's test suite, things would be different.


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As a Mac user, no, I won't be using IE9. ;)


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I believe that IE9 is a huge step forward for a browser which seemed to have kept innovation at bay all those years to protect the investments in time and resources of thousands of businesses tied with Microsoft IE6/IE7. MS ended up losing a fair share of new and more demanding users.

As Chris pointed out I also think that the tests were somehow tilted for best results.  I’ve read comments from other browsers that they would achieve similar results if they designed test-cases highlighting functionalities lacking in IE9 despite these latest efforts.

Nevertheless, I believe that this version will go a long way to boost the number of IE’s passionate followers willing to discard support for CSS3 Text Shadow, Gradients, Border Image and more CSS3 innovations underway in other browsers. I’m also afraid that Microsoft will find ways to rewrite HTML 5 in behaviors which will not work with many browsers and that we will soon hear of more horror stories IE6 style from designers having to create cross-browser sites.

However, for rebels like me who want to design sites that are far away from supporting IE-6-7-8, this somewhat modern IE9 is good news, as Microsoft IE is undeniably still a mighty browser not easily ignored.;)
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As a linux only user (don't have windows) I won't be using IE9. My largest issues with IE back when I was a windows user (beside the butchered rendering and security flaws and what not) was my dislike over having every aspect of my computing provided by one company alone, which was what prompted me to look at other browsers, then other office wuites, then other O/S's period lol.

It is good to see that IE 9 is making inroads towards better online surfing and standards, that will be good for my site users who use IE, and others who for one reason or another prefer to use the stock components that come with their computer. As I have always believed, everyone should use what is best for them.

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