Anyone that knows me knows that I have been decidedly anti-Internet Explorer since version 3.
In fact, I haven’t liked Internet Explorer at all since IE4.
However, IE9, released recently for Windows Vista and Windows 7, is pretty darn good by any measure.
It is standards-compliant, fast, has a nice UI, and greatly helps to advance the state of the web. In fact, by some measures, it’s more standards-compliant than Mozilla Firefox.
My only gripes with it are that it won’t be available for Windows XP, let alone Mac OS or Linux. Still, great options exist for most platforms, and as it is standards-compliant, the burden of testing is significantly diminished.
So, congratulations Microsoft. You’ve done a great job with IE9.