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IE9 Beta to Arrive 15 September

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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.

James Reckitt

August 14, 2010, 12:37 am

They're shooting themselves in the foot by excluding XP really - it will just encourage XP users to move onto a better browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

jingyeow

August 14, 2010, 1:30 am

I've read nothing about the interface. Am I right in thinking that the interface of the browser will be the same as IE8? I think the way Microsoft went with their "Accelerators" and "slices" was a wrong move, and IE9 to correct things should scrap those and start from scratch with extensions.

Armin

August 14, 2010, 1:39 am

http://my.opera.com/mgillespie... - Seems like IE9 will still lag behind the other browsers, especially Opera and Chrome. Nothing new, really.

Hamish Campbell

August 14, 2010, 12:36 pm

Only has to stay in cooey of the other browsers, the existing base of users, prevalence of windows and general user ignorance will keep it at the top.

knowledgenotebook

August 17, 2010, 4:34 am

@James Reckitt, you've spoken for me, thank you.

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