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12 things you need to know about IE9

Internet Explorer 9: the best and worst features

The beta version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 has only been available for two weeks, but we've been using it constantly during web browsing sessions since then. We discovered six things we really love about the new web browser... and six that we think need some work before the final version is released.

4. The new download manager

Although it's clearly an improvement over what's found in previous versions of IE, this new manager doesn't seem to track some file types downloaded with it (particularly, image files).

5. No improvement in editing bookmarks

Putting it bluntly, editing your list of Favourites (ie bookmarks) still stinks in IE9 beta. No improvement has been implemented for the way your Favourites list is managed (ie renaming, deleting, moving, etc.) in IE9 beta. To be fair, none of the other major browsers present managing your bookmarks in a good way.

We're hoping this is one area that the IE9 developers will address before the browser's final release.

6. No XP for you!

Like all the other cool new toys that Microsoft will soon be releasing (such as Windows Live Essentials 2011), IE9 will not be available for Windows XP.

So for you XP hold-outs, IE8 will be the last browser you ever get from Microsoft.

See also: In pictures: Internet Explorer 9

  1. IE9 features we love
  2. Tear-out tabs
  3. Six areas that need work
  4. The new download manager

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