Five things average users will love about Internet Explorer 9
By combining the address bar and search bar (as Google did in Chrome), there's no longer the question of "where do I type X to get to Y?" There's one box. Just type in it. At last, no more "I typed teamviewer.com in the box and all I see is a Google page with a bunch of writing!"
The list is even searchable, which makes short work of locating a specific file in a lengthy download history.
IE9 manhandles pesky add-ons
A lot of the Internet Explorer users I support wind up with a handful of toolbars and search add-ons installed -- and they rarely know how it happened. A good number of those add-ons make IE needlessly slow, and they can be downright irritating.
Older version already featured a simple interface to manage and disable add-ons, but IE9 takes things a step further. It will alert users when a new add-on installs and offer to intervene once total "add-on time" exceeds a specified number of seconds. As you can see, even Microsoft's own add-ons can cause a great deal of startup lag -- but Internet Explorer 9 is happy to disable them for you with minimal fuss.
Beautiful fonts, even when zoomed
One unexpected discovery I made while testing Internet Explorer 9 is that it's really good at zooming. The image above was captured while zoomed too 400%, and the type looks incredibly crisp and readable. For older users -- who traditionally haven't been quick to use an alternative browser -- this is going to be a very welcome change. Several of my customers browse with their zoom set to 200%, and IE9 definitely handles the magnification better than previous versions.
The new New Tab page
So long, MSN.com! Internet Explorer follows the lead of Opera and Chrome by displaying your most-visited sites in two rows of five. In addition to making it easier to click through to favorite sites from the get-go, the page also includes buttons to re-open recently closed tabs or to re-launch the last browsing session.
Internet Explorer 9 is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors, and there's plenty inside to like -- no matter what kind of user you are.