Neowin's IE 9 mock ups

While we all wait for Microsoft to show off the final UI of IE 9, Neowin users have been putting together a few mockups of what they think the final product may look like. While none of these images are official and should be taken as only the designer’s impression, they do all look like legitimate possibilities.

Some think that the “metro’ design language will be brought into the fold while others feel that it’s to outlandish for a free mass market product. Everything from a modest reduction in the amount of buttons to a completely new arrangement was brought to the table. 

IE 9 is expected to bring many new features to the browser wars and Microsoft is hoping to regain its competitive edge. With expected hardware acceleration and sold improvements on standardization compliance, many are awaiting to see what Microsoft has come up with to keep its head above the water in the browser wars. 

Make sure to check out the gallery below for more mockups. 

For more information about the mockups, check out this thread in the Neowin forums
 

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U can't get ie to do a minimalistic design cuz the toolbars won't go with it. Metro would be perfect with transparency here and there

SteelToast said,
U can't get ie to do a minimalistic design cuz the toolbars won't go with it. Metro would be perfect with transparency here and there

But why use Metro if it's a GUI for a phone? I honestly have no idea why some have the idea that MS is gonna use Metro throughout Windows 7.

Capric0rn said,
But why use Metro if it's a GUI for a phone?
Metro isn't solely a phone GUI (take Media Center for example). That said, I'm not sure Metro makes sense here either.

Kirkburn said,
Metro isn't solely a phone GUI (take Media Center for example). That said, I'm not sure Metro makes sense here either.

Only the idea behind Metro (keep it simple and data oriented) makes sense...copy the Windows Phone 7 UI does not make sense, Window has it's own GUI guidelines, follow them....

They should merge the address bar and search bar. I love how they did it in Chrome. Minimalist is the way to go. I have a 32" screen but still abhor clutter.

thommcg said,
If I wanted made-up news I'll go to The Onion...

It's not made-up... IE9 really is coming out soon and Neowin users really did make mock-ups of a possible UI for it.

GreyWolf said,

It's not made-up... IE9 really is coming out soon and Neowin users really did make mock-ups of a possible UI for it.

Touche, lol. You know what I meant damnit

Thank god neowin users are not in charge of redesigning IE's interface. These mockups make me want to kill myself..... and I am not even emo.

autobon said,
Thank god neowin users are not in charge of redesigning IE's interface. These mockups make me want to kill myself..... and I am not even emo.

Read the thread...there are some mock-ups that look better

autobon said,
Thank god neowin users are not in charge of redesigning IE's interface. These mockups make me want to kill myself..... and I am not even emo.

+1

All but one use separated search and locationbars?
Am I the only one who hate having them separated? As much as I want to beta test the newest Firefox i just can't until omnibar or something like it get's updated for it

Oh and the fourth one was nice... complete Firefox ripoff

The metro UI one look very nice. They just have to take some bits from the Zune software and it would be perfect.

quentez said,
The metro UI one look very nice. They just have to take some bits from the Zune software and it would be perfect.

I completely agree

1. Meh.
2. This is the best looking of the 5 IMO.
3. Unless I'm blind, I don't see how this differs from current IE8 AT ALL (unless that was the point...)
4, 5. Nice Firefox icons...

The metro UI style may look nice, but if they are going to come up with a different design philosophy for their phone, it should stay on the PHONE. Currently Windows 7 has a very specific style. It's based on glass and shine, with a few gradients to offset. If you throw in something different it won't match, then the whole point of a design philosophy is thrown out. IE is a part of Windows. If they design a separate phone browser, then they can go metro all day long.

On the other hand... IE 8 came out with the aero buttons and such when XP was still the major OS near the release of Vista. It certainly didn't "match" XP, but it was a lead in to the new aero look. You might be able to see a metro IE 9 that way, if they are planning to redo the Windows UI for Win 8.

SakuraKira said,

On the other hand... IE 8 came out with the aero buttons and such when XP was still the major OS near the release of Vista. It certainly didn't "match" XP, but it was a lead in to the new aero look. You might be able to see a metro IE 9 that way, if they are planning to redo the Windows UI for Win 8.

You mean IE7 don't you, 'cause IE7 was released in 2006 and brought a glimpse of Vista's look to XP...
IE8 was released in 2009, quite some time after Vista and was nearly identical to IE7. The Tab-b ar looked better in IE7 IMHO, as it looked like the bars in Explorer and so on, whereas in IE8 that bar was flat...

How come every time I go to view images on Neowin only one works until I click next then no images show up but instead the preview box is like 5px wide?

Panda X said,
How come every time I go to view images on Neowin only one works until I click next then no images show up but instead the preview box is like 5px wide?

same here, using google chrome

I don't like either one of them!
And since Microsoft called it the "Beauty of the Web", I'm sure it will be nothing close to the mock-ups above. And also, Developers and Designers are reimagining so I don't think the above designs live up to that. I think it will be a even simpler and highly improved version Google Chrome Canary. Otherwise a good try guys!
And they should also make a version for XP too.

FMH said,
I don't like either one of them!
And since Microsoft called it the "Beauty of the Web", I'm sure it will be nothing close to the mock-ups above. And also, Developers and Designers are reimagining so I don't think the above designs live up to that. I think it will be a even simpler and highly improved version Google Chrome Canary. Otherwise a good try guys!
And they should also make a version for XP too.

Give me one good reason they should make it for XP?

Jan said,

Give me one good reason they should make it for XP?

Since it is a nine year old browser and since the next IE version is called IE9 they fit perfectly together.

johnnyq3 said,
Since it is a nine year old browser and since the next IE version is called IE9 they fit perfectly together.

Very good one

Jan said,

Give me one good reason they should make it for XP?


Because all the latest versions of other browsers work on very well on XP too; Opera, Chrome, Firefox. And there are so many people who are not ready to move to W7 yet and will be left out. Plus a lot more people use XP than W7. So, they will not be able to take XP's chunk of browser market. It would be completely taken over by it's competitors. XP might be several years old but as I'm sure you know it is still used by several people and organizations and will still going to be used for several coming years, so there will be no "major" development directly from Microsoft in XP's browser market. So to wrap it up, by making a version of IE9 for XP Microsoft will be sending a strong contender in both the XP's browser market as well as W7.

the GJ said,
wow, if I had known my mock-up came up on the frontpage I would have put a little more work in it

I never knew it would, never even knew this article would pop-up or i wouldn't have taken the firefox buttons and would have made my own.

ThomMcK said,
Happy 15th Birthday Internet Explorer. This is the best/most likely IE9 mock-up I've seen so far in the thread http://j.mp/bbCCGb
It should be the main one on this article not that stupid FF clone
Now that is an awesome UI.

ThomMcK said,
Happy 15th Birthday Internet Explorer. This is the best/most likely IE9 mock-up I've seen so far in the thread http://j.mp/bbCCGb
It should be the main one on this article not that stupid FF clone

Ok, so where's the buttons for tools, home, search box, and other stuff? Plus what about toolbars and extensions? Not to mention that dropping those buttons in the title bar with Aero doesn't seem to follow the general UX guidelines stuff.

Ugh, what's with all the facination with Metro. It looks like trash outside of a mobile device.

I wish people would try to be more original, rather than derping out and just trying to shoehorn Metro or Ribbon into IE.

Why do I get the feeling Metro is going to be to 7 as those horrifically ugly early .NET apps were to XP.

Athernar said,
Ugh, what's with all the facination with Metro. It looks like trash outside of a mobile device.

I wish people would try to be more original, rather than derping out and just trying to shoehorn Metro or Ribbon into IE.

Why do I get the feeling Metro is going to be to 7 as those horrifically ugly early .NET apps were to XP.

Have you ever used the Zune software? It's extremely beautiful and runs great, Metro is about simplicity and speed, it shows you what you want fast.

Jan said,

Have you ever used the Zune software? It's extremely beautiful and runs great, Metro is about simplicity and speed, it shows you what you want fast.

Aaand I think it's ugly and inconsistant with the Windows 7 UI.

I don't want gimmicky UIs that will inevitably end up being completely replaced in the next UI fad, I want a UI that is consistant and functional with the OS.

Athernar said,

Aaand I think it's ugly and inconsistant with the Windows 7 UI.

I don't want gimmicky UIs that will inevitably end up being completely replaced in the next UI fad, I want a UI that is consistant and functional with the OS.

Even on my not so good machine while running win 7, it runs snappy.

johnnyq3 said,
Even on my not so good machine while running win 7, it runs snappy.

What's that got to do with Metro beeing completly inconsistent to the Aero-looks of Windows?

MFH said,

What's that got to do with Metro beeing completly inconsistent to the Aero-looks of Windows?

Most Microsoft software is inconsistent with Windows. Office 2010 doesn't even have the same ribbon as Windows' Paint and Wordpad.

Calum said,

Most Microsoft software is inconsistent with Windows. Office 2010 doesn't even have the same ribbon as Windows' Paint and Wordpad.

What relevant does that have to the guy's question? UI consistancy has nothing to do with performance.

And even then, I don't see how Office 2010 not being 100% consistant with the 7 Platform Ribbon API is justification to throw consistancy completely out the window. Weren't you one of the people that kept going on about improving consistancy during the 7 Beta?

I believe that the one which will get closer to it will be the first one.. But didn't Microsoft say that they will "revolutionize" the way which tab browsing is done? I got to see that.

I think JonathanMarston in the forums is closer to on-track than the other designs. His concept seems a little too flat and metro-like, which is not what the desktop is for.

I'm predicting an office2010 look with a ribbon.

dotf said,
I think JonathanMarston in the forums is closer to on-track than the other designs. His concept seems a little too flat and metro-like, which is not what the desktop is for.

Hence the Zune software...

I'm predicting an office2010 look with a ribbon.

I'm a fan of the ribbon in office. But in Office it's there because it makes sense. It does not make sense in IE.

Yuck to all of those mockups, apart from the Metro designs created by Picturepan2 from LiveSino. If IE doesn't adopt the Metro design, I'll be severely disappointed; I'm hoping Windows 8 adopts it.

Calum said,
Yuck to all of those mockups, apart from the Metro designs created by Picturepan2 from LiveSino. If IE doesn't adopt the Metro design, I'll be severely disappointed; I'm hoping Windows 8 adopts it.

I still don't get why you expect Microsoft to implement an interface developed for touch screen handheld devices in the desktop version of Windows. You'll probably be in for a severe disappointment I guess...

.Neo said,

I still don't get why you expect Microsoft to implement an interface developed for touch screen handheld devices in the desktop version of Windows. You'll probably be in for a severe disappointment I guess...

Hope it's not Metro - don't think there is even a chance of it being used -, I don't want them to start inconsistency again...

.Neo said,

I still don't get why you expect Microsoft to implement an interface developed for touch screen handheld devices in the desktop version of Windows. You'll probably be in for a severe disappointment I guess...

I don't expect Microsoft to do such a thing. 1) I'm not actually expecting Metro, I'm just hoping for it. 2) Metro works excellently when used in desktop software; the Zune software and MetroTwit are both fine examples of this.

Calum said,

I don't expect Microsoft to do such a thing. 1) I'm not actually expecting Metro, I'm just hoping for it. 2) Metro works excellently when used in desktop software; the Zune software and MetroTwit are both fine examples of this.
Agreed.

.Neo said,

I still don't get why you expect Microsoft to implement an interface developed for touch screen handheld devices in the desktop version of Windows. You'll probably be in for a severe disappointment I guess...

You realize Windows Media Center was like one of the first Microsoft interfaces to use Metro?

Calum said,

I don't expect Microsoft to do such a thing. 1) I'm not actually expecting Metro, I'm just hoping for it. 2) Metro works excellently when used in desktop software; the Zune software and MetroTwit are both fine examples of this.

In your opinion those are fine examples of that you mean.

andrewbares said,

You realize Windows Media Center was like one of the first Microsoft interfaces to use Metro?

You realize that Windows Media Center's UI has been designed to be easily used with a remote control instead of keyboard and mouse? Of course it required something different than other Windows applications.

After the Favorites bar has been removed and the Menu bar set to hide I think IE8 already looks slimmed down enough. I would say save money and keep the GUI as it is and spend that elsewhere.

McDave said,
After the Favorites bar has been removed and the Menu bar set to hide I think IE8 already looks slimmed down enough. I would say save money and keep the GUI as it is and spend that elsewhere.

Only thing to change from current design: tabs on top...

The_Decryptor said,
That is actually a screenshot of Firefox, just with IE style tabs and the IE status bar.

I took IE8, one persons tabs they made and the firefox 4 buttons and made address bar and search boxes myself. Spent 20 mins on it, didn't expect to to get to the front page

Neobond said,
The Metro idea is actually pretty cool!

link?!

Personally I think the UI will be a small evolution of IE8, it is already clean and minimal enough and people are familiar with it.

Beastage said,

link?!

Personally I think the UI will be a small evolution of IE8, it is already clean and minimal enough and people are familiar with it.


I think Microsoft need to change their UI design completely. Many like change in UI design and a light weight design is always welcome.

still1 said,

I think Microsoft need to change their UI design completely. Many like change in UI design and a light weight design is always welcome.

It's funny, if they change the design, they get moaned at for not being consistent. If they don't change the design, people will moan that it looks exactly the same.

Antaris said,
It's funny, if they change the design, they get moaned at for not being consistent. If they don't change the design, people will moan that it looks exactly the same.

Apple managed to give Safari 4 a fresh updated look without breaking consistency. I bet Microsoft can do the same with Internet Explorer without breaking consistency with Aero.

.Neo said,

Apple managed to give Safari 4 a fresh updated look without breaking consistency. I bet Microsoft can do the same with Internet Explorer without breaking consistency with Aero.

Yeah me think so too.