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 market.
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.