The web has always been about the browser, yes? Browsers are our windows on the online world. And what everybody truly admires in a good window is... cleanliness.
Clean is good on its own merit, but there's another view here. With Internet Explorer 9, being clean means delivering a truly unobstructed view of the virtual landscape. And, though Internet Explorer 9 is figuratively and literally more transparent (in a good way), let's stare at it for a minute to see what makes it so blissfully clean.
Oh, you blend. First off, Internet Explorer 9 works very hard to be seamless with Windows 7, sharing features so you can focus on content, not viewing tools. Examples? You can:
Jump Lists get you where you want to go
Tear-off tabs and Snap make it easy to view two websites at the same time
Fewer distractions, clearer direction. Things blend appearance-wise, too. The browser frame around a page is "glass," letting you focus more on the content. And the frame itself is smaller.
Understated buttons remain for essential browser functions—everything else has been vamoosed. What pops out? The sites themselves. Oh, and now there's plenty of room for a second row of tabs, for those of us who need to be everywhere at once.
There's no place like... For pinned sites, the highly popular and newly enlarged "Back" button takes on the site's color motif, and Internet Explorer 9 uses the site's icon on the upper left as a home button. Once again, you're focusing on the content, not the browser.
Quieter, too—in a clean way. With Internet Explorer 9, you'll see fewer pop-up dialogs when it wants to let you know the status of a web page, a download, or the browser itself. Instead, there's a neatly consolidated Notification Bar at the bottom of the frame, which "quietly" lets you know what's going on or asks for a confirmation of some kind. You still get all the security and control, but, once again, the content takes center stage.
New notification bar
The clean getaway. Ultimately, browsing is about getting where you want to be, so Internet Explorer 9 combines search and navigation into One Box. Just start typing what you want—address or search term—and Internet Explorer 9 interactively helps you get there. Autocomplete helps finish your words for you when you're headed for familiar places.
OK, enough thinking about the browser—and that's precisely the point.
Until next time, Keith
IE 9 and all is great but I'd love it if Microsoft would make bitmap as easy to use as it was in XP, this new version ain't for squat.