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Over the next few weeks, we’re going to have several series that cover our point of view on some of the biggest investments we made in Internet Explorer 9 Beta and how partners are already taking advantage of them in the beta phase. This week, we’ll be talking about the concept that a browser should be “all around fast”.
When you talk to customers, there are many things they consider important when browsing the web. One of the things that comes up most frequently is speed. They want their browser to be fast, just like the applications on their PC. In Internet Explorer 9, being all around fast means the sites you care about the most feel like native applications to your PC. So how do we think about tackling a challenge like speed?
Getting Internet Explorer 9 to be fast took a lot of engineering smarts. The video below is a quick overview by our engineering team of the performance improvements they’ve made in Internet Explorer 9 Beta.
But for a teaser, watch this side-by-side comparison of some of our demos at IE Test Drive to see IE9 in action.
What does our performance work mean?
You can feel the result of our performance improvements in your everyday browsing with Internet Explorer 9 Beta. Pages load and respond nearly instantly. The rich and immersive HTML5 web experiences you find on the Beauty of the Web site run beautifully on a browser architected from the ground up to be all-around fast.
Later this week, we’ll be talking to a web site developer about the difference our performance work is making to the sites they are able to build.
Impressive lab environment...all that for a browser, nice! Got my fingers crossed that you might have beta refresh coming soon.
Love IE 9 Beta. When is there going to be a refresh?
That animated Bing page looked awesome! Is there a way for me to use it? anything i have to enable or a special url for it?
I agree, would really like to see a beta refresh soon especially since Google have already gone from Chrome 6 to 7 before I even blinked!
I have to admit, with the current beta, I lasted 3 days without Chrome and it was only really the buggy tabs (where a second tab wouldn't load a web page but a third would but then the fourth would not and the only way to fix this would be to close the session and re-open) that got irritating enough to switch back to the stability of Chrome.
Otherwise, IE9 actually *changed* the way I use the internet quite dramatically, simply with the tab pinning feature, turning my most regularly used websites into "lite apps" (you can pay me later for that one Microsoft if you decide to use that :P)
But yes, new (less buggy) beta refresh please! :)
Installed IE9 beta, messed up Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX, Unable to view some screens, one being the Kneeboard, no text was being shown. For example bringing up the Kneeboard and the Keys button, not one keyboard shortcut could be viewed. Some of the graphics were weird the sky was almost deep purple and the clouds very white. I posted the bug on connect.microsoft.com/.../Feedback no one seems to have viewed the post or recommended a work around? Went back to IE8 and FSX works as installed, Kneeboard text screens show!
@Jerry Thanks for taking the time to post your bug. The team really do look through all the bugs so your time was well spent!
I just noticed Jerry's post re FSX on W7x64. I get the same bug with W7x32 when IE9 Beta is installed
For me the UI is so horrid I would not care how much faster it is. Again can someone from Microsoft actually answer, why the UI must be locked down. Why is there no options like there was in IE6? the was horrid in 7 worse in 8 and even more so in 9. When will Microsoft understand that users want options...
I might be doing something wrong, but it seems like Hardware Acceleration isn't even enabled on my IE9 Beta.
I checked in the Internet Options and the hardware acceleration option is checked, although its grayed out.
The hardware acceleration feature works perfectly on my computer using the Platform Previews, but it doesn't seem to be working on the beta.
The Platform Previews are running the HTML5 hardware acceleration tests very smoothly. However, the beta is running really poorly.
Is there something I'm doing wrong with setting up the beta? I didn't change any settings.
Google Chrome 9 will be out before IE9 beta 2 refresh. :) I'm guessing we may hear of or see a refresh at PDC, however the utter quietness is disturbing.. i guess it to will be on a 2 month cycle? "Meh" - 2 months is an eternity on the web.. lose interest too easily.
Indeed very impressive laboratory-like environment... =) It was very interesting to see the video! ;)
When will release the next version of Internet Explorer 9?