Comment from: vernon moore Visitor
What I would like to know is I use windows7 64 bit so does ie9 download have both 32 bit and 64 bit like ie8 has and if not can I download and install both versions so I can have a short cut on the desktop of both 32 bit and 64 bit because currently adobe flash does not have a 64 bit support available
Comment from: Member
If you're running 64-bit Windows you should download the 64-bit installer. 32-bit Internet Explorer will remain the default.
Comment from: Palmer Lovett Visitor
If Internet Explorer needs to use other components to run fast, why wouldn't I just use Chrome? Chrome requires no other program, its almost standalone. There are versions which you can run off of nothing but a flash drive. This also makes for a browser that cannot be run on multiple platforms, a huge annoyance. I'm a Mac user, and I have to find a PC to test my website in IE, which is very annoying to have to upload it to the servers and switch back and forth between computers. Why should IE do it if it doesn't have to? I think its because Microsoft doesn't care about the product their producing.
As for the web standards. Internet Explorer may support much of CSS 2, but the web standards are improving so rapidly that in a year something new needs to be supported. Most browsers do not fully support HTML 4 or CSS 2. The reason being is there are some things that no one will ever use or is already outdated. For example the horizontal rule. No one uses that anymore simply because CSS can do that for us much better. These types of standards in HTML 4 are the ones that most other browsers don't support. It doesn't really matter if Internet Explorer supports every single HTML 4 and CSS 2 standard. Because if every other browser doesn't, theres no point. Why not start focusing on the new stuff that people want and what other browsers support? Like HTML 5 and CSS 3. Internet Explorer 9 only supports a very very small amount of these new standards.
True, most people are windows users, the "ignorant comment" which you quoted was indeed ignorant. But the statement you made about standards doesn't line up. If web developers coded for the old standards than yes, IE 9 would display it much better. (still not perfect though, I've coded websites with simple HTML 4 and CSS 2 and Internet Explorer has problems while FireFox, Google Chrome and Safari did just fine) And why should we have to code specifically for IE 9? Why doesn't Microsoft just use the same standards and the same code that all other browsers use? The point is that we may be able to do a couple hacks to make it look nicer in IE than before, but we shouldn't have to make those hacks, the regular standards should be implemented, just like all other browsers.
It is incredibly insane that Microsoft did not make IE 9 compatible with XP. Vista was a failure. People who were smart enough to not update to Vista, and haven't updated to 7 yet (40%) don't get IE 9. This creates an incredible problem. IE 9 is a better browser than IE 8 was, no doubt. But you can't code exclusively for IE 9, your still going to have to code for IE 7 and IE 8. This is the problem with all web browsers. (Except Chrome because it automatically updates for you under the hood) To now say that only 40% of customers (currently) can use it almost destroys the purpose of creating a new browser. You said that it required certain functions of 7 that XP doesn't have. Why did Microsoft do that? Chrome is completely cross OS compatible, and its super fast without the stuff that Microsoft uses for IE. (not an exaggeration I say that having tested Chrome against the other browsers, others have too and have come up with the same results) Microsoft didn't want to put the time and energy into making it cross OS compatible. They did a shoddy job again. And it made the web developers job much harder. Also, It doesn't matter what it looks like against XP, who cares? Its a better web browser than the one they've got, and it would probably make XP look a little nicer.
It may not be using 100% of the CPU, but it still does slow down the computer more than Chrome does. When Chrome is running, you can hardly tell its there.
Why should we use a slower, less supported, in-compliant browser (compared to others) when there are other browsers that do all the things that IE doesn't, and which update much more frequently. There's no reason to. If it were not for IE, I could build websites 3 times faster. I always have to thinking, "Does IE allow this?" "Do I have to something different for IE?" Other major browsers, Chrome, Safari, and FireFox, make it much easier to build sites, IE makes it more difficult. On top of that, it lessens the user experience.
I hope I didn't get too intense, I just don't like IE so much as you probable know by now.
I find it very funny how the IE-haters will ALWAYS find an excuse to hate IE, no matter what. And how funny most of them often don't have their facts correct.