I'm definatly not a fan of the download process either.
I do a lot of screen capturing of pictures and frankly that whole download process is irritating.
But it's not irritating enough to make me switch back to IE8
and I liked IE8 about as much as I hated IE6 and IE7
And while I will admit hating IE6 & IE7 I didn't hate them enough to use something else
Netscape? you are kidding.... right?
FF had major compatibility issues with several web
sites I HAD to interact with every day.
Chrome? Not invented yet (at the time) and I despise chrome
more than any other browser (suggest chrome to me and I might show up at your house to wash out your mouth with NAPALM)
I had to completely reinstall XP on two computers because of the damage chrome did to them (I felt RAPED) I MIGHT try chrome on an OS install I didn't care about but there's gonna have to be cash (Four figuires, up front) in my trying it.
Opera? Ahhh... No Opera is not entirely controlled by the user and it has "torrent" functions that aren't entirely visible to the user.
Opera on a computer that has digital copies of movies on it is just begging for a nastygram from your ISP for DMCA violations
Safari? if you are one of the elitist 15% that use a mac....
If you skipped over IE8 you missed a good
thing, all in all with some of the minor irritations of IE9 IE9 IS a distinct improvement.
Mostly in that it's generally faster and doesn't eat a third of my screen
with command bars.
IE9 requires a bit more right clicking to do certain functions, but as my mouse isn't gummed up with spilled coffee this isn't an issue for me
If what browser you used really mattered this all might make a difference
But if things really mattered you should know that IE9 will "win" by any definition that anyone cares to apply....