5th October, 2010
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I had high hopes for IE 9.
In fact, I was quite looking forward to it. The Platform Previews worked very well, and I was pleased that HTML 5 was finally at the forefront of the platform. Hardware acceleration was nice, the video situation wasn’t great but I was prepared to let it slide, and everything seemed to be going better than expected.
Then the Beta landed. The user interface was something unexpected! Nice minimalist header, single box at the top, not too many buttons and some really nice features integrated with Windows 7. Now you could set up jump lists, make it so a tab can be pinned to the taskbar, and customise the theme of the browser when that pinned link is opened. You can tie in to Jump Lists; add custom buttons to the previews that popup from the taskbar; and a few other nifty little features.
That is just not on.