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Open Firefox vs. Closed Internet Explorer 9

With No Features, What is There to Preview?

  • March 17, 2010
  • By Sean Michael Kerner
Sean Michael Kerner
From the 'Developer Preview' files:

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 is now out for developers to try out and test -- well kinda/sorta. You see the IE9 Test Drive Platform Preview isn't really a browser is it?

IE9 as it is currently available lacks tabs. It lacks a back button and it lacks an address bar. In my view, it's a crippled browser that does not represent the modern web browsing usage model at all. The idea for Microsoft is to show off new features without the confusion of a full fledged browser -- though why tabs, address bar and tabs would do that is beyond my comprehension.

In my experience, it is tabs, the back button and the address bar that actually help developers to determine if something works. There are plenty of security and performance issues related to having multiple tabs open at the same time...

Read the rest of this Firefox vs. Internet Explorer story at Netstat -vat

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