IE.  You know.  Internet Explorer.Often when people think of “the cloud”, they think of web-based applications that are accessed via a browser. 

“But it’s not just that, is it?”

No, it’s not.  Services hosted “elsewhere” don’t necessarily need to be fronted by a browser.  HTTP is just another protocol.  Applications running in native or local code can also take advantage of services delivered over a network.  But still, for most of us, the cloud-experience directly in front of us is through a browser. 

And not too long ago, IE 9 was released.  (hooray!)Browse the cloud

The Beauty of the Web

I’ll leave it to the IE sites to give you all the details of what is improved, and why you’ll want to use it.  Personally, I love it.

“But what specifically do you like about it?”

Okay.. here are my three personal main reasons for using IE 9:

  1. I really see the speed improvements.  It’s just “snappy”.
  2. I love the tear-off tabs.  Simply dragging the tab of my most commonly visited sites down into my Windows 7 taskbar and being able to launch them directly from there is a huge convenience. 
  3. I work for Microsoft. Yes, I am an un-ashamed fan of the company that signs my paycheck. Is that wrong?

Here are some additional links specifically for IT Pros.

And as a bonus, I’m doing my next IT Manager Chat on May 2, 2011 with Chris Jackson.  If you’re an IT Manager, or simply want to know more about the implications of moving to IE 9 as it relates to deployment and application compatibility, you don’t want to miss it.  (HINT: Attend live and you can get your questions answered directly!)

Here’s the registration page:

IT Manager Webcast: IT Manager Chats with Kevin Remde: What every IT Manager should know about IE 9

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Are you a fan of IE 9?  Are you concerned that you still can’t get off of IE 6?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

And we’ll see you tomorrow for Part 11, where I’ll talk in more detail about the IT Manager Chat series.