Review: Internet Explorer 9 - in pictures

8/10

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Catching up with Firefox, Opera and Google's Chrome, IE9 allows the user to type search terms directly into the URL bar. Entering a cleanly typed website address will take the user directly to the website in question, but a search term or even an incomplete or misspelled address will launch a search inside the user's preferred search engine. Searching onward from here, the option is then to take the top search result returned or opening up a full set of search results by pressing enter. It's nice to see the function arrive and one can only sit and wonder why it has taken so long

 

After almost exactly two years, Microsoft is finally ready to move to the next version of its web browser with Internet Explorer 9 progressing from public beta to its full-blown release candidate. Promising streamlined design, fewer dialogue boxes to click through and more intuitive navigation, IE9 is distinguished by the fact that it is not tied to any major iteration of the Windows operating system. In terms of system requirements IE9 demands Windows Vista 32-bit with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher - or Windows 7. It also requires 512 MB of memory and 70 MB of hard drive space for a successful 32-bit installation.
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