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REVIEW: INTERNET EXPLORER 9

Internet Explorer 9

Want to learn some truth about Internet Explorer? Read these facts!

Internet Explorer (IE) is a Web browsing software manufactured by Microsoft Corp. and included on computers with their Windows operating system. This software allows users to view and navigate web pages on the Internet.

Internet Explorer made its debut in 1995 as Microsoft’s response to Netscape, one of the first graphical-based Web browsers and, at the time, the dominant browser in use with control of over 90 percent of the market.

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Internet Explorer has long held the title of most popular browser in use, despite strong competition from the browsers like: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Safari.

Internet Explorer is available in over 90 languages and is trying to reclaim its status as the top web browsing option for users. Over the years, Internet Explorer has slowly lost ground to competitors such as Chrome and Firefox. The most recent findings from Net Applications, suggest that Microsoft continues to be the leader in this field, with its various versions accounting for 55.14% of worldwide market share. The real reason for this is that Internet Explored is pre-loaded with all Windows and on most new computers.

This graphical web browser from Microsoft developed over 9 major software versions including: 1.0 in 1995, 2.0 in 1995, 3.0 in 1996, 4.0 in 1997, 5.0 in 1999, 6.0 in 2001, 7.0 in 2006, 8.0 in 2009, and 9.0 in 2011 and 10.0 planned for October 2012.

Besides all the negative critics and remarks about the speed, security, updates and so on, the latest official version of this browser has some positive sides too:

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1. Increased speed: The text has hardware acceleration, video and graphics speed performance are improved,  websites are as fast as the programs that are installed on your computer.

2. Modified design: gives you the necessary basic controls and sets your focus on the favorite websites.

3. Access to your favorite sites by only one click: With Pinned Sites (Websites that are pinned/linked to the taskbar on the Windows desktop, which provides one-click access to the website) you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open your browser first.

4. Mixed search and Address bar: You can enter website addresses or request searching from one place.

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5. Reshaped New Tab page: provides you quick access to the most often visited sites, and enables you to reopen closed tabs or last browsed session.

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6. Add-on management improvement: Add-on Performance Advisor alerts you about the deceleration of your browser with the option for its disabling it or deletion, so you can always keep the browser fast.

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7. Controlling your privacy: Tracking Protection prevents the communication of your browser with undesired sites in order to keep your information private.

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8. Maintains the order of the downloads: Download Manager keeps a list of your downloaded files, makes notifications for malicious files, and gives you the option to pause or restart a download.

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