May 2011

Internet Explorer 9

Due to the keen eye of one of our Clients, we have been doing some research on Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and have found there are a number of problems surfacing throughout the Internet.

Problems occurring are for websites that have: JavaScript or jQuery menus, embedded videos, heavy JavaScript coding, table coding, and some search capability installed on the website. Users are reporting broken menus, unable to access videos from YouTube and other sites, problems with Flickr photos, Facebook and Zynga game play failing, shopping carts non-functioning, website pages themselves are no longer functioning or are in a “broken” format, just to name a few. Many are reportedly uninstalling IE9 and re-installing IE8.

We are not suggesting what you should use as a browser on your computer. This is only information if you begin seeing problems after IE9 has been installed. Also, it has been recommended that if you downloaded and installed the Beta version, you should install the RC version. Also, we believe that some of these problems may in fact be a result of actual website coding.

If your Windows Update is set to “Automatic Update”, there is a very good chance that Internet Explorer 9 will be downloaded and automatically update your browser on your local computer. If you do not want this to occur, you will need to change your settings on Automatic Updates within your Control Panel.

Internet Explorer 9 will not install on any computer that has Windows XP as an operating system. Therefore, if you use Windows XP on your computer, you would not need to worry about IE9 automatically installing.

Please note that Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) on July 13, 2010. In addition, support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will end on July 12, 2011.