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Today, at the Professional Developers Conference, we announced Internet Explorer Platform Preview 6 and shared the exciting news that we have had more than 10 million downloads of the Internet Explorer 9 Beta making Internet Explorer 9 our fastest adopted browser beta to date!
In the run up to Internet Explorer 9 Beta, we released a set of Platform Previews that allow developers to begin to imagine what their site would be like with a fully hardware accelerated browser that supported the same markup across browsers. With the Internet Explorer 9 Beta our partners showcased the new immersive experiences they were able to deliver, thanks to having those platform preview releases early. Clearly our customers are excited about the potential for the experiences unlocked by IE9 with more than 10M downloads to date.
With the release of Internet Explorer Platform Preview 6 developers can see some of the work we’ve done post-Beta, including supporting more standards like CSS3’s 2D transforms. Dean talks more about the work we’ve done over on the IE engineering blog but you can see some of the experiences enabled by Internet Explorer Platform Preview 6 in this video :
As you can see from the video, the difference between a fully hardware accelerated browser through Windows vs. a partial implementation can make a material difference to our experience on the web. Previously, we have shared some of the work that has gone into making IE9 all-around fast, but we thought it would be helpful to help provide an overview of what hardware acceleration really does for the browser. Here’s a concept video we put together for the Internet Explorer 9 Beta that should give you a sense of how hardware acceleration works.
If you haven’t yet, download IE9 Beta at http://beautyoftheweb.com and see first-hand what a fully hardware accelerated IE9 can enable.
when will internet explorer 9 be complete
and by complete i mean no betas
First, thank you from a web UI developer,
1: I'm excited that IE9 has come along as far as it has.
2: I'm glad the W3 standards and developer requests from the last few years of IE8 are being taken seriously.
3: This "same markup" positalk double-speak has got to end. The "same markup" referred to is obviously the "same markup" in CSS2 and SVG, and it will NOT move the web forward in the way a piece of content browsing software released in 2011 should.
SVG and HTML5 video is exciting, but its creation and manipulation is unapproachable for the majority of HTML/CSS/JS authors and does not degrade gracefully into the simple, usable content that constitutes the vast majority of the usefulness of the Web. The development time to produce such animated content is costly and often considered unnecessary. Because of this, it is highly likely the majority of the hardware-accelerated features IE9 supports and touts will go unused and unappreciated... except maybe by game producing companies. Obviously, the focus of IE9's development is entertainment, as shown in the demo videos above. I'm sure all the Farmville players who daily contribute to the wisdom of the Web will thank you.
Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Chrome all support CSS3 transitions (and some 3D transforms), columnar text-flow, gradients, and numerous other CSS3 drafted standards in perfectly working releases that the IE9 team has shown absolutely no regard for. Please support the CSS3 content presentation already present in in these other major browsers, or the web will be waiting another 4 years for IE to catch up again before UI developers will be able to move forward with truly standard, widely-appreciated, useful content presentation.
Thank you, IE9, team for taking the future of web applications seriously with this re-work of IE, but please do not consider IE9 for final release in it's current form. You will be doing web content presenters and users a great disservice by not supporting CSS3 until the next revision of your browser.
To be honest, with all the customization and UI features removed from IE9 beta assuming everyone wants a "simplifed" browser, I am not touching IE9 again until you add them to show some respect for your power users. If IE9 can do everything IE8 did, then only will I consider using it. Hope the IE team has got this message loud and clear.
Great to see continued momentum on IE9 platform development. As I posted awhile back, I hope the IE team doesn't think the UI in the Beta is full baked. Not even close. I sort of think you folks put out that basic UI to gauge community response on the default layout. Minus a couple of things, I generally like the basic layout. But you really should be going much deeper than this. Here is a list of things that I think need to be addressed.
- Page Descriptions: display web page description in the title bar...centered like in Office 2010.
- Tabs Toolbar: allow users to move the Tabs toolbar to a dedicated row, if they want.
- Home/Site Button: It makes no sense that the Home but is on the right side but on the left side when site is pinned. Please pick one location to always display the Home/Site button.
- Command Bar: the fixed home/favorites/settings icons seem redundant to what you find in the Command Bar. So just use the existing Command Bar instead. You can still can update the existing Command Bar icon images to match the new look. The new additions to the current Command Bar would be the Favorites and Add to Favorites.
- Favorites Popup / Favorites Bar: please consider detaching these entirely from the main IE client app. Instead IE9 should come with a replacement for the Links taskbar in Windows that is more visually engaging than a simple list. That means...
a. site icons next to each link
b. support for Feeds like in the current Favorites Bar (bold links for unread feed items, preview webslices)
c. have an icon in the Windows Taskbar for this IE9 companion instead of "Links >>"
d. have the taskbar icon provide a visual cue when there are unread feed items
e. provide option to space the links further apart, use large link icons, etc... to be touch friendly. (For Windows 8, there should be a standard/simple way for the user to toggle touch friendly options in Windows and client apps. In other words, apps should have a way to detect which mode the user is currently in.)
**** If you think that Favorites will eventually be deprecated because of Pinned Sites...well that would make sense, however not until the Windows taskbar can group and display a large number of pinned sites.
- Headines w/Pinned Site: no sure this is possible, you should seriously consider enabling pinned sites to display rss headlines in their jumplists. so far everything i have seen of pinned site jumplists is static.
- Address Bar w/Pinned Site: i don't see why you want to show an address bar at all for a Pinned Site if you want it to behave more like a native app. remove it.
- Legacy UI. there is a ton of legacy stuff...File/Save As menus, Settings, etc...please consider implementing Office backstage type of UI for all of this.
Lovin the new Internet Explorer 9. Pin sites are such a nice feature and works great with Windows 7.