The software giant Microsoft is all set to update its IE browser. The Redmond-based company released a platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 for developers at MIX10 Web developer conference in Las Vegas.
Microsoft is betting on IE9’s speed and performance to expand its majority share in the browser market. The company claims that the new browser will be faster than Firefox 3.6. According to Microsoft, Web and application developers will want to upgrade to the next version of Internet Explorer for its optimized performance and HTML 5 support.
Here’s all about Internet Explorer 9’s very first release.
What’s new in IE9?
For now, Microsoft is betting on IE9’s speed and performance. The company claims that the new browser will be faster than Firefox 3.6. The company says Web and application developers will want to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft’s Web browser, IE9, for its optimized performance and better support for several standards: HTML5, DOM, and CSS3. IE9 is also the first browser to provide hardware-accelerated SVG support.
How IE9 looks?
What exactly is IE9 Platform Preview?
Internet Explorer Platform Preview is not a full Web browser. It is intended to give developers an opportunity to test and provide feedback on the underlying platform for Internet Explorer 9. To distinguish it from a full browser, the company calls it a Platform Preview. Microsoft plans to update the release every 8 weeks.
Can I use IE 9 release for my regular browsing?
No. As mentioned above, the Platform Preview is not a fully-functional browser. It opens links in a user’s default browser, not the Preview app. Since the Platform Preview cannot be registered as a default browser on a user’s system, the links do not open in it.
Also, some of the features may or may not be the part of the shipped version of IE9, depending on developers’ feedback through various stages of Platform Preview
Does IE9 release replace my current Internet Explorer?
No, it does not, though it does share some settings with your existing Internet Explorer installation. Platform Preview installs side-by-side with earlier versions of Internet Explorer and any other browser(s) on your computer.
Any cool feature in IE9 release?
What are system requirements for IE 9 release?
Users need a Windows PC running either Windows 7 or Vista. On Vista, you need to have installed Internet Explorer 8 and you need to install the Platform Update for Windows Vista, available on Windows Update since October, 2009. Platform Preview is only available in a 32-bit x86 version but it will install and run on 64-bit Windows 7 and Vista.
Can IE 9 release run on Windows XP?
No. Microsoft has said that IE9 will not be available on Windows XP. According to the company, “IE9’s GPU-powered graphics take advantage of new technologies available in Windows 7 and back-ported only to Windows Vista. These technologies depend on advancements in the display driver model introduced first in Windows Vista.”
When will first IE 9 beta ship?
Microsoft has still not given any fixed time period for the beta release of IE9. The company says that the beta version will be released as a full browser once the build has reached the customer quality bar.
How can I download IE 9 release?
The IE9 Platform Preview can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Web site ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ .