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IE9 Beta to Arrive 15 September


IE9 Beta to Arrive 15 September

Microsoft will release a full beta of the next version of its web browser, Internet Explorer 9, on 15 September. Invites to a launch event in San Francisco are going out to “a select group of VIP web developers, designers, bloggers and press”, it said on its blog.

Up till now, Microsoft has made a platform preview of its latest browser available, but this has been aimed at developers. Now it’s the turn of everyone else – or at least everyone else that’s running Windows Vista (why, why would you do that?) or Windows 7. IE9 will not run on Windows XP, which remains the most widely used OS.

The new web browser promises a number of new features, such as HTML5 support and faster performance due to its "Chakra" JavaScript engine and support for hardware acceleration.

Internet Explorer 8 recently enjoyed a slight increase in global market share, having gone up for two months in a row.

Link: IE9 Test Drive page.

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