The need for speed - Internet Explorer 9
Feel the need for speed with the new browser from Microsoft. Get the lowdown on what powers its engine.
Internet Explorer is being touted as being faster than ever before. What do we mean by faster?
IE9 reduces the amount of time that it takes to look up an address, locate a site you have visited a few hours or a few days ago and compare products.
With so many clever little tricks hidden up its expensive-looking sleeves, IE9 puts cool functionality at tantalising touching distance. You won't even notice you're carrying out the most common of tasks.
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How fast is Internet Explorer 9?
In a word, very. Eyes down to discover the reasons why Internet Explorer 9 is the quickest version yet.
Installing Internet Explorer 9 is a breeze. The install process has been dramatically streamlined, requiring fewer mouse-clicks and less time to load.
Internet Explorer 9 requires just 4 clicks, compared to Internet Explorer 8's 13. In context that's a lot of time saved...
And Internet Explorer 9 does away with the lengthy waiting for automatic updates to download. Updates are now installed separately leaving you free to jump in and browse the internet.
All around fast
Internet Explorer 9 has major performance improvements that make Internet Explorer start faster and stay faster over time.
Hardware accelerated graphics and HD video take full advantage of your computer's graphics processor. Internet Explorer 9 uses DirectX® technology which ensures that text is crisp, graphics and animations are smooth, and that HD video is stunning.
Redesigned New Tab page
The new tab page displays tiles for the sites that you visit frequently. Each site is represented by a tile with a large shortcut icon and a title, and you can track your browsing habits with an activity meter on each tile.
HTML5 is the latest version of the hypertext markup language that websites are built from.
HTML5 allows web developers to build richer, more immersive websites that challenge the modern browser. Fortunately Internet Explorer 9 has been built with HTML5 in mind - whereas websites previously relied on Flash to showcase nippy graphics and high-definition video experiences, HTML5 makes this possible without the need for external plugins.
Add-on Performance Advisor
Internet Explorer 9's Add-on Performance Advisor notifies you when add-ons are slowing down your browser. You are notified if the total load time of all enabled add-ons takes more than 0.2 seconds, giving you an opportunity to make an informed decision to disable those that are less useful or too slow.
Internet Explorer 9 has taken advantage of the ingenious time-saving features found in Windows 7 to make browsing faster and more efficient.
Little enhancements like pinning a website to your taskbar eliminates the need to manually open a browser window.
Smarter Address Bar
The Address Bar in Internet Explorer 9 makes navigation easier than ever, becoming a highly useful search tool that enables you to just type a few characters and then go directly to the desired site.
It searches across your History, Favourites, and RSS Feeds, displaying matches from the Web site title or any part of the URL. As you type, matched characters are highlighted in blue so you can identify them at a glance.
In addition, you can delete any address in the drop-down box by clicking on the red X. This is especially useful for getting rid of misspelt URLs.
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