Well, I have to be honest, ever since Chrome came out with its first version, I was a fan. In every conceivable way they blew the competition out of the water. The start up speed, the new tab speed, the way it managed downloads to the way it minimized the header crap found in most browsers. It took the industry by surprised and gained a formidable amount of marketshare in such a short peiod of time.
My initial assumptions were completely way off. Microsoft learned and listened. They got it right with IE9! Let my start by going down the list of my top 10 favorite features.
2. Download Tracking!
How many of us wish they could go back in their history of downloads to re apply something, or share something. How many times with IE you forget where you downloaded your files. Now this is a thing of the past. IE9 took notes from Firefox and Chrome how to handle downloads. To me this is such a usability feature that was long ignored by IE. Thank you MSFT for adding this one!!
3. Fast Tabbing/Snap On/Off
One of the biggest features that sold me when Chrome came out was the ability to load up and tear down tabs very fast. And as well as the ability to take tabs out of the current window into its own window. This was huge. IE8 took 10 seconds to load a new tab on my computer. Chrome took a fraction of a second. So when IE9 came out, this was one feature that I had doubts with. And as soon as I open it up, I was surprised. Then I went to try out dragging tabs in and out of the window. SWEET! Its just as good if not better than chrome in this aspect.
5. Minimized Clutter
6. 3rd Party Component Load Time Tracking
7. Graphical Rendering Engine
8. Standards Compliance
9. Improved Developer Tools
10. Jump Lists!!!