News Analysis: Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. It has the features and performance to make it still the best browser option for enterprise customers.
Internet Explorer doesn't get much love in the technology
industry. Critics fault it for its security problems. They say it doesn't work
as well as competing browsers. And they continue to say that the average user
should work with a different browser.
Although those complaints have cut into Internet Explorer's
consumer market share, they haven't worked so well in the enterprise
With the release of Internet Explorer 9, it's becoming clearer that the chances
of competing browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox beating Microsoft's
latest browser anytime soon seem slim.
Internet Explorer 9 might be in its infancy, but this new
browser edition ensures enterprises will stick with Microsoft. Here's why:
1. It's much faster
Internet Explorer 8 and other previous versions of the
software loaded Web pages very slowly. In fact, Google's Chrome browser easily
bested Internet Explorer in speed tests. But Internet Explorer 9 is quite fast,
thanks to Microsoft's decision to utilize the computer's graphics processor.
The result is a browser that for most companies will deliver the
speed business users are seeking.
2. It's taking aim at Chrome
Speaking of speed, it's clear that Internet Explorer 9 is
taking aim at Google Chrome. The browser has taken on a cleaner, Chrome-like
look, making it easier to navigate. Plus, it has ditched the search box, in
favor of a single box that allows users to input a Website's address or search
for content. And by improving Internet Explorer 9's speed, it seems clearer
than ever that Microsoft views Google as its top competitor in the browser
3. Security hasn't mattered in the past
There is little debating that Internet Explorer has been a security nightmare for Microsoft
Internet Explorer 6, for example, is widely considered one of the most insecure
browsers ever released. But as those security problems persisted, companies
continued to stick with Internet Explorer. So, while security is commonly a
reason Internet Explorer critics give to get companies to switch from Microsoft's
browser, it would seem that most companies haven't cared in the past. And if
Internet Explorer 9 still suffers from security problems, it's unlikely that
many companies will switch.
4. It's a vastly improved design
Internet Explorer 9 will likely deliver a far better
experience to the average employee. Whereas previous versions of the browser
were difficult for novice users to perform basic tasks, the new and improved
design in Internet Explorer 9 provides power for advanced users and simplicity
for novices. That alone should make Internet Explorer 9 a fine choice for
companies looking to improve their browser productivity.