Mary Jo Foley has revealed the most anticipated Internet Explorer 9 user interface which Microsoft plans to release the Beta 1 version next month.
There will be a new, simplified navigation bar with IE 9 that will leave “more room for the (Web) site There will be some navigation tools for commonly used functions — things like a back button and a combined address/search bar. But the numerous menu items in older versions of IE have “been consolidated into one,” the site said. “Now the user sees only what you need to navigate.”
There will be provisions for “recognized,” or “protected,” sites which will allow users to go straight from the Windows taskbar to these sites without having to open IE first. In other words, recognized, protected sites will be treated more like traditional Windows applications.
Tear-off tabs — a capability that will build on Windows’s Aero Snap feature. Snap allows users to more easily look at two pages, side-by-side by “snapping” them to the sides of their PC screen. Firefox and Safari both already include tear-off tabs, allowing users to select tabbed items and turn them into separate windows.
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I don’t like the big back button, but the interface looks awesome to me.