If you’ve installed the Internet Explorer 9 Beta browser, you’ll know that it replaces Internet Explorer 8, and that the two cannot run side by side. The new browser does offer plenty of advantages over its predecessors—speed, uncluttered design, and more standard support—but there are still some reasons you may want IE8 back. For example, a favorite site doesn’t look quite right (Flickr slideshows are a good example). Or maybe you have work web apps that require an earlier version. (Ironically, our content management system works better in IE9 than it did in IE8).
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Another reason to Upgrade to the latest Internet Explorer or use another browser.
Quoted from Facebook Blog:
Since its launch two years ago, Chat has grown from a small feature into one of the most widely used tools on Facebook. People around the world use it to share quick updates with people nearby and to stay in touch over long distances with friends and loved ones. And the more that people chat, the more we need to do to keep the application running smoothly.
We know you want Chat to be hassle-free and uninterrupted. In the coming weeks, we will be making important improvements in the way connections are established and messages are sent, so that Chat will be much more stable for you and your friends.
The biggest improvements come from changes that aren’t supported on older web browsers. After evaluating the alternatives, we’ve decided to make rapid improvements and provide the best Chat experience possible, which means we will no longer support Internet Explorer 6 browsers.
You got until Sept. 15, 2010, if you want to continue using features like Facebook Chat you need to Upgrade to the Latest Internet Explorer or choose another browser.
Your choices are Chrome, Firefox or Opera. All these browsers work well with Facebook and all these browsers will get substantial updates and different looks over the next few months.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley thinks she stumbled upon the user interface for Internet Explorer 9, spying a screenshot on Microsoft Russia’s press website. If this is the real deal, the next IE will look like the lovechild of Google Chrome and Firefox 4.
From Firefox 4, IE9 reportedly takes the oversized back button, translucent window and tremendous amount of wasted space above the navigation bar (seriously, it’s just an empty row with window management at the end, and the next Firefox is just as guilty). From Chrome, IE9 may derive the omnibar for search and URLs, and a series of menu icons on the right side of the screen.