Internet Explorer 9 Goes Beta

Microsoft has released the preview of its much-awaited project for this year. It already revealed its fourth Platform Preview release for its developers, and told them as well as its partners to start and be ready for the public beta IE9 that’s coming soon.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 was undoubtedly successful, gaining 1.38% in the market share in United States. Working and developing IE9 for sure will never be forgotten because of the efforts that have been put on it in the process.

Internet Explorer 9

IE9 is said to be, when already completed, will “support CSS 3 selectors, border-radius CSS 3 property, faster JavaScript, and embedded ICC v2 or v4 color profiles support via Windows Color System.” This new public beta will also “feature hardware-accelerated graphics rendering using Direct2D, hardware accelerated text rendering using DirectWrite, hardware accelerated video rendering  using Media Foundation, imaging support provided by Windows Imaging Component, and high fidelity printing powered by the XPS print pipeline.” IE9 also “supports HTML5 video and audio tags and the Web Open Font Format.”

Though IE9 is not yet officially launched by Microsoft, the developer community is now asking for higher demands. In its previews, IE9 is already downloaded for more than 2.5 million times. The test drive site of IE9 also gained 20 million times of viewing from the public.

The Microsoft’s IE9 development team clarifies that they are “committed to the right foundation for HTML5 applications, including performance and ensuring the same markup and same script work across browsers. One aspect of doing these things well is integrating the JavaScript engine natively inside the browser, rather than bolting it onto the side to support multiple JavaScript engines as some other browsers do today. How a JavaScript engine is integrated into the browser is as important as the engine itself for real-world HTML5.”

After the release of IE9’s preview, Microsoft has been updating the developments of IE9 for roughly every eight weeks. Microsoft has been giving out clues to the public that they might already launch the public beta of IE9. With this, the general public can already use the beta version of IE9 in an estimated month of launching, maybe in October this year.

One comment

  1. August 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I have to admit that IE has imporved in recent years and is probably the most used browser in the world, but I still prefer Firefox and Microsoft have a long way to go, especially when it comes to additional functionality – addons.

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