Does Your Browser Look Different? IE has changed again.

by Justin Nescott 17. February 2012 11:00
  For the first time ever, Windows will be using its Windows Update feature to automatically upgrade Internet Explorer to either IE 8 or IE 9 on all computers. Although the rollout began January 17, you will not notice a difference until you receive your next Windows Update. Note that Windows XP users will only be upgraded to IE 8 because IE 9 is not compatible, while Windows Vista and Windows 7 users will be upgraded to IE 9. If you had previously selected not to be upgraded to IE 8 on XP or IE 9 on Vista or Windows 7, Windows will not update your system.   Over the years, Internet Explorer’s interface has looked very much the same after updates, as most changes were made in the programming (e.g. upgrade from IE 7 to IE 8 left physical appearance the same). However, with the upgrade from IE 8 to IE 9, users may not recognize the new Internet Explorer. To compete better with popular browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, IE developed an interface that was stripped to the bear basics (similar to Google Chrome) while some speed tests say that IE 9 is faster than Chrome and Firefox. However, IE is still limited in the variety of extensions offered (downloads that let the user customize the browser), a feature that has helped Chrome and Firefox continue successful growth.   With the upgrades being automatically installed for most users, be aware of features that might change because of the upgrade. To see how you can customize your new browser, read more on Windows Secrets’ blog – Ready or not, you’re getting IE 8 or 9. To see a comparison of Firefox, Chrome, and IE 9, please visit Microsoft’s website.
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