According to Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer product marketing, the upcoming browser’s latest RC has already attracted more than two million user-initiated downloads despite only being available for a few days.
Official Release : Internet Explorer 9 RTW (release to web) is just a couple of days away. And with IE9 RTW scheduled to go live on March 14th, 2011 at 9 p.m., the browser has already been downloaded well in excess of 36 million times.
The Platform Preview is an early look at the Internet Explorer 9 platform so some features are incomplete, some may change, and some may be added.
- Speed Demos
- HTML5 Demos
Deliver interoperability through webstandards including HTML5 and ES5.
- Graphics Demos
Create next-generation experiences withHTML5 and CSS3 graphical capabilities.
- Browser Demos
Your sites shine through a site centricbrowsing experience and pinned sites.
The improvements to Internet Explorer are as much about what you don't see as what you do see. Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined design, fewer dialog boxes to click through, more intuitive navigation, and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience.
Features like Pinned Sites let you pin your favorite website directly to the taskbar for one-click access. Other features, like hardware acceleration, deliver an all-around faster browsing experience.
With IE 9, webpages perform and feel more like the programs you use every day on your computer.
You should consider downloading the Internet Explorer 9 Beta if all of the following apply to you:
· You like to use the latest software and enjoy experimenting with new technology.
· You feel comfortable troubleshooting computer problems yourself.
· You don't mind updating software frequently.
You might want to wait for the final release of Internet Explorer 9 Beta if either of the following apply to you:
· You prefer to install software once, and don't want to mess with it again.
· You get frustrated if software doesn't always behave as you expect it to.
Here are some key features of "Internet Explorer 9":
Hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics:
· The new graphic capabilities and improved performance in Internet Explorer 9 set the stage for immersive and rich experiences.
New Tab page:
· Internet Explorer 9 surfaces the websites you love most and puts them one click away. Once you're in the browser, the New Tab page helps get you started browsing quickly, providing meaningful suggestions and information to help you decide what to do next as you browse.
· Notifications in Internet Explorer 9 allow for more fluid and faster browsing. Instead of dialog boxes popping up unexpectedly and getting in your way, all notification messages are consolidated in the Notification Bar, located at the bottom of the browser frame.
· With Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar—without having to open Internet Explorer first.
· Tear-off tabs make interacting with multiple sites fast and intuitive. You can rearrange tabs within Internet Explorer 9—just like you can rearrange icons in the taskbar in Windows 7—or you can open any tab in a new browser window by dragging that tab to your desktop.
Focused on your websites:
· Designed based on what you use most, the navigational controls in Internet Explorer 9 are streamlined and simplified. The back button is larger, the address bar and search box are combined into one new address bar, and the multiple menus from previous versions of Internet Explorer are consolidated into a single menu.
Cross-site scripting filter:
· Cross-site scripting attacks are a leading online threat. Their aim is to exploit vulnerabilities in the websites you visit. How do they work? By compromising legitimate websites with malicious content that can capture keystrokes and record your login information and password. If your login information and password is captured, your personal data could be compromised.
· One way to avoid deceptive websites is to know the address of the website you're intending to visit. With domain highlighting, Internet Explorer 9 lets you see the true web address at a glance by highlighting the domain name in the address bar, making it easier for you to identify the sites you visit.