Microsoft IE9 a complete reboot

Microsoft released its Internet Explorer 9 test drive demo. The ie9 developer preview is intended to give Web developers an early look at the Web platform technology coming in the next release of Internet Explorer.

The preview provides a good glimpse into what we can expect from IE9: a complete reboot.

Coming in the new version is support for new Web standards including plug-in-free video; better performance with graphics, text, and JavaSript by taking advantage of modern computing hardware.

IE9 supports HTML5, plug-in-free video, geolocation, better performance with graphics, text, and JavaSript by taking advantage of modern computing hardware. It definitely brings Internet Explorer closer to rivals Firefox, Safari and Chrome in terms of functionality.

Microsoft says one of its main goals with IE9 is to provide a faster browsing experience though they don’t have things cranked quite as high as the competition just yet. Preliminary ACID3 tests on the preview show the IE9 scores a 55/100, up from IE8’s dismal 20/100. a huge leap forward no doubt, but still a far cry from the Chrome, Opera, and Safari with scores of 100.

Microsoft also shows off its improved compliance with CSS, including rounded corners. Microsoft also seems intent on being compatible with CSS3, which is currently under development.

IE9 will notsupport Windows XP and could prove a smart move, as it might help push more people to upgrade to Windows 7.

Internet Explorer Platform Preview requires Windows 7 (x86 or x64) or Windows Vista SP2 (x86 or x64).

Microsoft hopes to release a new version of IE9 Platform Preview approximately every 8 weeks.

Are you interested in checking out the new Web platform capabilities of Internet Explorer 9? let us know in the comments.

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