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Six weeks ago we released the 3rd Internet Explorer Platform Preview as part of the commitment we made at MIX10 to release updated platform previews approximately every 8 weeks. Today, we’re releasing the 4th Internet Explorer Platform Preview and with that sending the signal to partners and developers that now is the time to start getting their sites ready for Internet Explorer 9 Beta.
With this latest platform preview we’ve updated the demos on the Internet Explorer Test Drive site to give you a sneak peak of the sort of web experiences developers will be able to deliver on Internet Explorer 9.
Our new open and transparent approach with the platform previews has been invaluable for getting early and quality feedback from developers. As with previous platform previews, our focus remains on:
Dean Hachamovitch goes into much more detail about Internet Explorer Platform Preview 4 over on the IE Engineering Blog.
We’re delighted with the response from the developer community to the platform previews and – as Dean mentions– we have seen over 2.5M downloads of the Internet Explorer Platform Previews and over 20M visits to the Internet Explorer Test Drive site.
Between now and the Beta, we encourage developers to test their web sites with PP4 to make sure well they’ll work with the Internet Explorer 9 Beta and begin to reimagine what they can build when they have a browser that is architected to take advantage of your hardware through Windows.
If you want to try it for yourself, you can visit the Internet Explorer Test Drive site, download Internet Explorer Platform Preview 4 and try some of the new demos like IE Beatz, Psychedelic Browsing and Hamster Dance Revolution.
Last night I spent some time with IE Beatz and came up with this beat. If you can do better – and I’m sure you can – why not post in the comments!
I just downloaded the third one a few days ago and now I've got update :P
This seems to be really good :)
Fantastic job IE Team! Although - I am pretty sure I won't be running the Psychedelic Browsing demo again ;-)
IE 9 is amazing. Will be my main browser after release.
Good for Windows 7/Vista customers. As an XP user, it was too much of a heartbreak in my loyal relationship with IE but nevertheless good progress. Looks like this is the big bang release that will bring IE up to the required level of standards support with competitors. There's still more work to be done in HTML5 support. Web workers, HTML5 forms, Geolocation, WebGL, Web Sockets.
Html5 videos are encoded in h264 format, h.264 offers better compression and quality ,so we're playing videos natively with IE9 since it supports h264-encoded videos. And how to converter html5 videos to other video formats, we need video converter like ifunia, who declared they are dedicated in creating affordable and easy multimedia software to simplify your digital life, to do it?
It's fun! :)
Amazing! The speed and acid3 benchmarks alone represent an astonishing amount of progress! I am looking forward to IE9 as much as I was looking forward to Windows 7 when its beta gave me a glimpse of its glory :D
Great strides over the last 3 months. Now, I'm hoping the public beta includes a refreshed UI.
@AmaDeus That's a significantly better beat than mine. Perhaps taking after the namesake of your handel (pun intentional!).
No browser and nobody can challenge IE9 on feature and supported technologies. But how stable or secure is IE9 ??? Is there any security in protecting the changing of options in IE9. Beacuse any program can change IE settings with a Admin logon and this is not sufficent. I want a better security feature on addon and chaning of IE options. IE8 is better and not best yet.
Any estimates of when this will be in Beta?
@James Manes Stay tuned to the blog. We'll update you with news as and when we have it.
@James Pratt and co. Hi guys, can you let us know the most appropriate way of submitting a feature request for IE9? I've tried the developer forum before but had no response. It's a relatively-simple UI feature so hopefully you're not too far into development to slot it in.
@gf1024 The Microsoft Connect site is the best place to submit IE9 bugs / feature suggestions. Even if you didn't ge a response, I'm certain that your suggestion was read.