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.