First picked up by Mary Jo Foley and Neowin, the user-interface (UI) of Microsoft’s next version of Internet Explorer has been revealed unto the world. It is rather simple looking and reminds me of Metro, the theming system Microsoft is going to use in WP7. Neowin has confirmed this to be a real screenshot (MJ Foley was skeptical at first).
You were supposed to see this on September 15 at Microsoft’s IE9 Launch Event, so consider yourself lucky seeing this today. 😛
Features of the new UI include:
- Search and Address Bar are combined a la Google Chrome.
- Tabs can be torn off and snapped like Aero Snap. A LA CHROME!
- IE has only one drop-down menu, once again a la Google Chrome.
- Dragging the ‘pin’ (seen to the left of the bar) to the address bar creates a shortcut on the Task-bar (similar to iPhones ‘shortcut to Homescreen’ system)
If IE and Firefox 4 ever had a baby, this is how it would look like. I wouldn’t mind godfathering the child, if you know what I mean. 😉