As promised and much anticipated, Microsoft has started the beta phase for Internet Explorer 9 during their Beauty of the Web special event. Ryan Gavin, IE business and marketing guy, is excited:
We are excited to see IE9 help enable a material step forward with one of the most important experiences on Windows, browsing your favorite sites.
In a first test run, I quite liked the speed that Internet Explorer now has. It is possible to load new tabs without noticeable delay, to navigate in web pages… — all without that old-fashioned feeling saying “IE is slow as usually.” The browser’s startup time is simply amazing. Also, when a browser add-on might slow down the IE launch, you are notified and can disable the corresponding add-on to keep IE speedy.
The installation wizard also got much simpler (yet takes as long as IE8). Overall, IE9 decreases the hole between Microsoft and the current browsers Firefox 4 Beta, Safari 5 and Chrome 6. Meet the new IE and get your own opinion!