Windows Enterprise Desktop

Apr 15 2011   2:25PM GMT

IE 9 Poses Some “Interesting” Problems

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I’ve switched over from IE8 to IE9 on about half of my Windows 7 PCs, including two desktops and one of my laptops. So far, things have been going reasonably smoothly in the two weeks or so I’ve been using this new browser, but I have encountered one set of “interesting” problems (in the sense of the famous Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times”). Curiously enough, these have to do with the very program in which I’m creating this blog post — namely, WordPress. In fact, I’m posting my blogs using Chrome these days because while the site operators know that IE9 is having problems, they haven’t yet figure out how to fix them.

Let me recount my current difficulties:

  • I can’t access any of the toolbar elements at the head of the primary posting window (as shown in the following screen snippet). This is the usual method for controlling text, using bulleted or numbered lists, managing text alignment — and entering hyperlinks to attach to other Web pages. I can click on the icons and see them highlight to indicate they have been selected, but for some reson the associated actions that usually go with them don’t fire off and do their respective things.
I click the icons but nothing happens

I click the icons but nothing happens

  • When I try to upload a graphic to illustrate my blog, I can launch the Explorer based download widget, access the file navigation and selection window, but when I click the Upload button, the widget display area goes all white, and essentially freezes in that state without every uploading anything.
Alas, these two sets of problems are more than sufficient to keep me from writing and posting my blogs using IE9. I’ve communicated my issues to the site operators, and they’ve dispatched some programmers to look into and try to solve these problems, but it’s been a week and so far there’s no word as yet even with an ETA as to when things might be fixed. Until then, I have no choice but to use an alternate browser for the ten or more blogs I routinely write every week.
This leads me to recommend to my enterprise admin readers that they test Web-based applications and UIs carefully with IE9 before rolling the new browser out. This goes double for any custom or home-grown Web apps, many of which tend to be seriously sensitive to browser eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. Looks like some  period of “bug shakeout” (or being more charitable, “change adjustment”) will be necessary before IE9 can take up a predictable spot on enterprise desktops around the corporate world!

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