How Internet Explorer 9 caused a seismic shift in the way people use the web

15th September! This day is not only remembered for the magnificent opening ceremony of the XXVII Olympics ceremony in Sydney in 2000 but it also saw the birth of a beautiful web in 2010. Internet Explorer 9 Beta was released this day and attracted around 694 downloads per minute.


IE9 is surely a seismic shift in the way people use the web and is far better than its previous versions. Its safety and security features can be gauged from the fact that the SmartScreen protection feature blocks between 2 and 5 million malware attacks daily, including that on the IE8.

1 out of every 14 programs downloaded is later confirmed as malware and Microsoft’s SmartScreen technology has blocked more than 1.5 billion attempted malware attacks, thus allaying fears over the security of Internet Explorer and providing users a real beautiful web.

IE9 comes with the added advantage of Application Reputation where it helps protect users from undetected malware masquerading as legitimate executable downloads, while also removing unnecessary warnings when a download has an established reputation. This lead to a dramatic reduction in malware infection and suddenly people using IE9 started feeling safe. The Application Reputation feature helped users to actually not run or delete malware 95% of the time where clicking through the “unknown warning” carries a risk between 25% and 70% of malware infection.

If you fear about being tracked on the web, then hang on. Because with the Tracking Protection feature, Internet Explorer 9 offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers. The ActiveX Filter, with the ability to block ActiveX controls, allows users to switch off ActiveX elements within their session, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser.

With Windows Phone 7 planning to include a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 later this year and with the platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 already launched; if you thought this might be all there is to it, then you are wrong. Because this is just the beginning of a more beautiful web!

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  1. Jim Boyd

    The biggest “seismic shift” cause by IE9 is that it cause more than 9 Million people to change over to Firefox or Chrome during the first 2 weeks of it’s final release and millions more make the change every day…just sayin’

  2. Vishal

    IE 9 is presently the best but lacks a better free version of Adblock. Simple Adblock is good but not totally free like Opera Adblock for Opera and Adblock Plus for firefox.

  3. Vishal

    Looking forward to IE 10 with better and totally free adblock. Adblock from Microsoft will be the better one. Or if the simple adblock pro is free, then it will be good.

  4. JSG

    Try WOT. For all common browsers and much better then IE9 protection.

  5. Vishal

    Hey! I think you are mistaken. I told about adblock, he replied about site rating/site block(WOT). WOT is for knowing the site ratings and quality and also blocking sites. Parental Blocking also included. Please reply with knowledge!

  6. Jim Boyd

    Sense you are harping on IE9s security…is this a good time to mention the zero-day security hole that can allow an attacker to steal any session cookies from any website…thus stealing your usernames, passwords, and any other relevant information?

  7. Yes, I did read about Clickjacking, Jim.

    Microsoft is not too worried about this zero-day hole in all versions of IE. Microsoft spokesman Jerry Bryant said, “Given the level of required user interaction, this issue is not one we consider high risk. In order to possibly be impacted a user must visit a malicious website, be convinced to click and drag items around the page and the attacker would need to target a cookie from the website that the user was already logged into.”

  8. Jim Boyd

    Typical Microsoft micromentality cop-out…over exaggerate the severity and convince people it’s not really that bad.

    Just because a user has to click on something…does NOT mean the issue is not “high risk”…after all, who would be silly enough to play a puzzle game online…right?

  9. Tim C


    Just the latest iteration of trash products from a company that innovates nothing! Try doing something simple, like sticking to standards. The best thing that could happen in a web developer’s life would be for IE to go away.

  10. Tim C

    what does “best” mean? What does it offer that other browsers do not? There is no legitimate basis for your claim.

  11. Tim C

    and…. THIS!!! again. Monopoly mentality.

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