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This is why you should use Internet Explorer 9
by Sebastian Anthony Sep 23rd 2010 at 12:00PM
It’s hard to describe just what makes Internet Explorer 9 such joy to use. It would be easy to say ‘it just works’, but that would be a cop-out. IE9 is like a simple, beautifully elegant dress — sleek lines, no frills, but masterfully designed with a singular purpose in mind: Web browsing.
There are little things, like the perfection of the address bar (the ‘One Box’): notice how it ‘greys out’ when your mouse isn’t near it; how the stop and refresh buttons are also there (and movable, if you prefer them on the left); how you can turn search-as-you-type on and off. It’s so perfect, and such a glorious amalgam of Firefox and Chrome that it hurts.
Moving on (I’ve calmed down now), the unified tab-and-address bar area, which has received a lot of flak for being too small for power-users, is resizable! You can simply make the address bar narrower, leaving more space for tabs. More space is also dedicated to tabs on wider displays: screen widths over 1280 pixels (i.e. every power-user) have two thirds of that space reserved for tabs — it’s only on smaller screens that the address bar occupies half the width (and it’s still resizable!)
Putting the One Box (Omnibox, eat your heart out) on the same line as the tabs also puts IE9 into first place as far as vertical space is concerned. It’s about 20 pixels more compact than Chrome, but almost half the size of Firefox 4’s bulky address-and-tabs-and-huge-orange-button set-up.
Then there’s the Windows 7 taskbar, or ‘Superbar’, integration. When I first saw it in action during the keynote speech I was dubious, but I needn’t have worried: it’s awesome. You almost don’t need tabs— simply pin your top five most-visited sites and use the Superbar instead! If you haven’t seen it in action yet, visit Twitter (in IE9 of course) and drag the tab down to the Superbar. Open another tab — your ‘mentions’ pane, for example. Now hover over the Twitter icon on the Superbar: you have quick access to every open tab!
The pinned app icon also has a jumplist that can be added with a few META tags in a site’s HTML. Right click your Twitter icon and you can jump straight to ‘New Tweet’. A site can also notify you of changes to a page through the Superbar — if you pin Facebook to your superbar, you’ll see a red star appear when there’s activity on your news stream.
IE9 blurs the difference between the Web and your operating system — and that’s intentional. The average user now spends so much time surfing the Web that the underlying operating system, and downloaded, locally-run apps, have become all but redundant. Remember, too, that Google is working on a browser that is an operating system.