I gave up on Internet Explorer around IE5. As a programmer it was so non-compliant it made my life hell. In protest I started using Firefox and could never go back. First of all the Firebug add-on for FF was to die for. Then along came Chrome, and initially I thought "who needs another browser?" Then I tried it and that idea of just typing searches in the address bar got me addicted. I couldn't use a browser that didn't allow that. If you've never used it, that probably sounds silly but let me tell you I do a lot of searching and anything . The clean, uncluttered interface had a lot going for it. Then Chrome 10.x came out and things went to hell. Chrome started crashing constantly.
Hatin' on Microsoft No More
Time for a change, I downloaded IE9 (You need Vista (ugh) or Windows 7). Now, I like bashing on Microsoft as much as the next gadfly, but this browser seems pretty nice and it supports searching right in the address bar. I didn't like the fact that site tabs end up on the same row as the address box but a quick right-click on some blank space in the header area, like shown in the image, fixed that.
When I'm first using a new browser I like all the features on and then I selectively turn them off. Usually I won't use the address and command bar but I do want the favorites and status bar. These options are available from the same context menu.
I also like the refresh and close buttons on the left so right-clicking in the actual address bar gets you the ability to change that. There are a number of other new features available from the tools menu, which in homage to Chrome is available from a little gear icon in the right corner.
The only significant problem I've had is I started with the 64 bit version but flash support is currently limited to an old beta, so I just downloaded the 32 bit version. It runs fine on my 64 bit operating system. I also downloaded Firefox 4 and gave that a spin and liked it too, but Firefox making a decent browser just isn't a blog worthy event! IE9 isn't worth upgrading to Win7 from XP, (stability and security are though), but if you're already on Vista or Win7, I suggest giving it a try. Especially if like me you like Chrome and it starts behaving badly.
Built in Developer Tools Too!