Internet Explorer 9.0 Preview Released

Microsoft has released a preview version of its Internet Explorer 9.0 platform to give developers a hands-on as to what they can expect in the upcoming version of the web browser. This preview version is meant for developers and designers only and is just a browser-rendering engine at this time with no address bar, buttons and other standards features you’ll find on a full-featured browser.

One of the much-awaited feature is the extended support for HTML5 web standard. It is also going to support CSS3,  Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) and includes hardware-accelerated layout and rendering technologies.

Web designers and developers will finally be able to use inline SVG to deliver graphical content to web pages or even use CSS3 features like alpha color, opacity and rounded corners for borders.  Internet Explorer has gotten a fair amount of criticism in the past for its poor Web standards support. IE8 was a big improvement and IE9 promises to be more standards-compliant. It currently scores 55 out of 100 on the Acid3 test – a test of compliance with various Web standards.

Internet Explorer 9 is still in its early stages and Microsoft will be updating it with new build every 8 weeks. You can download a copy from the Microsoft’s IE test site.

2 Comments

  1. I really hope Microsoft got it right this time; ie8 had way too many bugs, I just can't understand it. In any case it will be interesting to see where the battle of the browsers is headed in the future... so far it seems like Firefox and Chrome will be fighting for the most popular one... if only ie didn't come installed on windows by default hehe...

  2. I hope this is not going to be another flop. I think the main issue with IE is still on the speed issue because as compared to the other browsers like FF and opera, they are still lagging behind. If not because of the browser bundled together with windows, they will never any impact at all. .-= sockyee´s last blog ..Home Aquarium Guide =-.