The latest version of Explorer, now available in public beta, is the company's attempt to get back into the web browser race and its success will determine if users look to Microsoft or elsewhere for their window to the web. Peek in on the beta launch event and the new features in this slideshow.
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Microsoft describes IE9 as a browser that uses the whole PC and puts sites at the center of the experience. What it means by that is that it's moving browser functions, like bookmarking, into Windows. As can be seen here, Microsoft has made Pinned Sites in the user's task bar more important than the user's chosen home page.