Enterprises Will Find Much to Like in IE9

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-15 Print this article Print

5. It's much more secure

Microsoft knows that its Achilles' heel is security. To address that problem in Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has brought several security features to the browser that address three main issues: attacks designed to hit the browser or operating system, exploits through Websites and "social engineering" attacks. One of the key aspects of that effort is the company's SmartScreen Application Reputation. The idea behind the new feature is to reduce annoying warning prompts, but analyze files and make users aware when a download is potentially malicious. Microsoft claims 95 percent of malware that previously went unnoticed was discovered with this new warning system. Not bad.

6. It's a big step up over previous versions

Currently, Microsoft is doing its best to get the world off Internet Explorer 6, the browser that arguably damaged its reputation in the security space more than any other. But perhaps Microsoft should also acknowledge that Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 weren't much better. They were slow, lacked proper support for emerging Web standards and proved to be less secure than users would have liked. Internet Explorer 9, at least right now, looks to be the browser that its predecessors should have been. This factor should make it all the more appealing to current Internet Explorer users.

7. The enterprise will be happy

The corporate world will find quite a bit to like about Internet Explorer 9. Aside from the fact that the browser loads Web pages faster and comes with more security features, it builds upon previous Group Policy support. In fact, it comes with some new features, including Group Policy settings, that will let IT staff take control over all facets of the browser before they send it off to employees. All told, Microsoft says IT professionals will find close to 1,500 Group Policy settings in Internet Explorer 9.

8. A new Microsoft?

Over the years, Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been panned by critics for not seeing the changing times. It has been behind on Web standards, security, speed and much more. But this time around, Microsoft seems to acknowledge that it doesn't necessarily have all the answers that it once thought it had. It realizes that the competition in some cases is doing something special in the browser market. Internet Explorer 9 is a reflection of that. In many ways, it's a compilation of some of the better features found in other browsers, combined with new options exclusive to the software giant. The new face of Microsoft might just pay off for Internet Explorer 9 users.

9. Putting an end to tracking

As an increasing number of people turn to the Web to do, well, everything, tracking is becoming a greater concern. It's now open season when it comes to tracking Web users. Realizing that, Microsoft has added Tracking Protection to Internet Explorer 9. The feature lets users employ Tracking Protection Lists that block content that might be used to track Web use. In addition, the browser includes a "Do Not Track User Preference" to further bolster the anti-tracking efforts. If tracking is a concern for Web users, Internet Explorer 9 might be the best solution yet.

10. It's another good reason to ditch Windows XP

It's important to note that Internet Explorer 9 is available to Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, but not those running Windows XP. On one hand, that might be a problem for enterprise customers and consumers using the old operating system. But perhaps it's a good thing. Internet Explorer 9 could be another good reason to ditch XP for Windows 7. After all, XP's days are numbered and Windows Vista is a non-starter for PC users. The time has come to switch to Windows 7. And using Internet Explorer 9's vastly improved experience as another good reason to do that is a smart idea. 


Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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