Finally, Microsoft is addressing an issue that users have been reporting for a while now, providing a fix for a font rendering problem affecting some of those running Internet Explorer 9.
"Text that is displayed in the following core fonts in Windows Internet Explorer 9 appears blurred, when you compare it to text in Windows Internet Explorer 8:
- Arial (10-point and 11-point)
- Verdana (9-point and 10-point)
- Tahoma (11-point and 13-point)," Microsoft explained in KB2545698.
"This issue occurs because of a design change to rendering is made in Internet Explorer 9. By default, Internet Explorer 9 uses sub-pixel positioned ClearType to render text by using DirectWrite, whereas Internet Explorer 8 uses whole-pixel positioned ClearType to render text by using the Microsoft Windows graphics device interface (GDI)," the Redmond giant explains.
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
- Windows Vista: x-86, x64
- Windows Server 2008: x-86, x64, IA-64
- Windows 7: x-86, x64
- Windows Server 2008 R2: x-64, IA-64