I fell for the hype and the online nagging.
“Why don’t you upgrade to IE9?” I was asked every day. Every time I went online I got insistent little sales pitches and adverts urging me to ditch IE8 and install IE9.
“You’ll find searches are faster” chirped the annoying ads. “IE9 is ne-w-w.” And etc.
I ignored the adverts and messages for a time. If you’re like me and you’ve been installing and using software since, oh, before 1990, you may be just as weary as I am of the gap between the software hype and the actual performance.
“If I install IE9” I told myself “I know from long experience that there’ll be trouble. Some things will change for the worse and other things will stop working altogether.”
But the ads continued. “Hello. You-ou….install IE9 why don’t you?”
Eventually you get to that other situation where you assume there’ll be stuff you want to do online that won’t work well if you don’t have the new IE version. So reluctantly I installed it.
And it was the usual disappointment I’m afraid.
IE9 has some new features which seem designed to be annoying. The little bar, for example, that pops up at the bottom of the screen to say “D’you want to open this file?” Everyone was used to the box that opened in the middle of the sceen and now this bar appears instead for no good reason. When you confirm you want to open a file, the bar vanished and the whole operation stops. You have to reselect the file and then the bar seems to function.
Favourites and tools which were all on the left of the screen now pop up, annoyingly, on the right. Why? Why make change just for the sake of it?
I’ve also lost the “Find on this Page”, and Find in a document, functions which is extremely irritating.
Worst of all – my experience is that online searches take about three or four times longer now I’ve installed IE9. Clicking on Yahoo or Google in Favourites, it takes far longer than before to get the page loaded. The search then takes longer to execute and, when you select one of the hits to look at, the pages take longer to load. Moving between pages in, say, the New York Times, The Economist, Vanity Fair or some other document takes forever. That little wheel on the toolbar just turns and turns and turns….
I have no idea why but even as I write now, typing online is far slower than it was before I installed IE9. Even moving the cursor to correct a word takes much longer than before when I was using IE8.
In short, since the moment I ditched IE8, downloaded IE9 and my laptop rebooted, almost every function online that worked reasonably well with IE8 works less well. The promised improved performance just isn’t true in my experience.
What to do? Get rid of IE9 and reinstall IE8? I don’t know. Maybe I should wait for the online ads to start wittering about IE10?