Microsoft tend to take slightly longer to release browsers than others in the market. So when they release a new version of its offering for the web browsing market it is always looked upon as a huge event, not only because of its slightly longer time to release it but also because it tends to come with its flagship product Windows.
Internet Explorer has unfortunately for Microsoft has had the reputation for being one of the slowest and insecure browser in the browser wars. Has it warranted this reputation back in Internet Explorer 6 days the answer would be yes but the latest versions have both made significant improvements in this and could even be better then the other browsers with their newest offering. They have added privacy protection that is disabled by default but when enabled it blocks anything on the its list that is considered to be tracking what you are doing and where you are going on the internet.
The biggest selling point for Internet Explorer 9 is the fact that it is quicker than others on the market at the moment and gives you the ability to use HTML 5 along with hardware acceleration.
What does this all mean though?
Web Developers – Will not need to worry about whether their creations will be able to work on all browsers as all of them will be supporting HTML 5 soon and means that you will not get the problem that you’ve had before where you viewed the page in one browser and it didn’t display right but it did in another. Also hardware acceleration as part of the browser means that they can make more graphic intense content without worrying about how jolty it will be because the browser will be using the graphics card in the machine directly.
Web Users – For web users it doesn’t necessarily mean anything will change for them, to a certain degree because it all depends on the content is produced that they want to see. That being said if the latest crop of web browsers all work to HTML 5 then they won’t have to worry about what browser they are using because the sites will all display and work correctly for them.
After playing around with Internet Explorer 9 briefly in Windows 7 I didn’t really see a speed increase on Opera or Chrome on general surfing. The only feature I did like was the privacy blocker as no other browser does seem to offer such a feature, without manually accepting cookies. So on reflection I won’t be moving back to Internet Explorer just because I am now more comfortable in other browsers however I do feel that it is really a step in the right direction for the browser.
There is one point I would like to stress although some browsers are missing features or have extra features, in my opinion it is all down to personal preference rather then which one is actually better as they have all got really competitive to have a piece of the pie