Microsoft has release its latest Internet Explorer 9 to compete with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Google Chrome is fairly new browser compared to Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. But Chrome is currently the top rated and most used browser because of its very simple and efficient user interface which gives the maximum viewing area avoiding additional toolbars other than the must have address bar. In Internet Explorer 9 Microsoft also tried to attain this by putting the address bar and the Website Tabs in one row.
Lets have detailed comparison of User Interface between Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 9.
Title bar is the top most section of a window which contains the minimize, maximize and the close buttons. In Google Chrome smartly utilized this area for showing the Website tabs. But in Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, they just wasted that area. Chrome scored in this section.
Google Chrome was the first browser to come with a smart address bar powered by Google Search. When we start typing in the address bar the browser will search for the typed keyword and suggest what we are going to type. And also it will suggest popular sites which may be we are intending to surf. The Address bar also acts as the home for all the Extensions and Browser Navigation buttons like Back, Forward, Stop and Reload. I will call it a very smart move.
In case of IE 9 the address bar is also shared for showing Website Tabs which is not so good looking. When the Google Chrome provides a much longer elegant looking address bar, IE 9 features a shorter address bar which makes the user not able to view the full url of the website. Sharing of address bar for tabs is also a bad idea. When multiple tabs are opened it will make the users difficult to identified the tab since the tab is shrined to a very narrow width.
Google Chrome only allows the user to search Google using the address bar search. But in IE9 users can add the search provider of his own interest.
The sole purpose of web browser is to show the website to users. So the most important in user interface designing for a browser is the viewing area of the browser. When introduced Google Chrome was the browser which provides the maximum viewing area. But newly introduced Internet Explorer 9 has packed its components in such way that it overtook Google Chrome in this. IE9 now provides more area for viewing sites than Google Chrome does.
Both of the browsers eliminated a mere status bar to show the status of the website and its loading. Instead Google Chrome used a rotating circle to show the status of the loading, which is more than enough status for the user. But in IE 9 i haven’t found any status monitoring to indicating whether the site is loading. Thats a major flaw in IE9.
Even though task bar is not part of the browser but i felt it is necessary to mention it along with this to point out a very handy feature provided by the IE 9. When multiple tabs a re opened, you can see the thumbnails of all the tabs if your point your mouse cursor on the IE icon on the taskbar. This feature is not yet available in Google Chrome. Here Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 scored.
Even though Microsoft has made much effort to regain its position in Web Browser I dont think with IE 9 they just can’t overtake Google Chrome.