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Cool New Features In Internet Explorer 9

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Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will come with cool new features, beyond what the four Platform Preview releases of the browser have offered early adopters.

While Microsoft is completely mum on the feature set for the next major iteration of Internet Explorer, the fact is that the company has already decided on the goodies that the successor of IE8 will bring to the table. Moreover, the software giant has also been sharing details related to the new features in Internet Explorer 9 internally.

This should of course, come as no surprise, especially since Microsoft is well known for dogfooding its own software (eating its own dog food, namely testing products internally). Microsoft has not confirmed officially any features for IE9, but most people expect , the wait will be certainly  worth it.

With the last Platform Preview of IE9 already available, Microsoft is now focusing on wrapping up the first Beta development milestone of the browser.  IE9 Beta will be a fully-fledged browser, and judging by the information will also feature some of the new features planned by the software giant. Microsoft  had been holding back on us. Yes, performance is looking great – but they’ve got more up their sleeves. So, wait until the unveiling of the beta.Microsoft has already sent out the Beta invites to the Beauty of the Web event in San Francisco on September 15th, 2010, for the launch of IE9 Beta.

Still, the Beauty of the Web site offers no clues as to what IE9 Beta will bring to the table, acting only as an R.S.V.P. destination for those invited. In the meantime, check out the announcement from James Pratt on the Exploring IE blog. The post is titled Announcing the Beauty of the Web event for IE9 Beta Launch.The only clues related to new IE9 features came from leaked screenshots of an early Beta Build, which sported additions such as a download manager.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview 4 is available for download here.

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Internet explorer 9 Preview

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Microsoft has just released  the fourth and final IE9 developer preview, little bit ahead of schedule.The news is much the same as the previous release: More hardware acceleration! Faster! More standards compliant! But there’s some juicy stuff under the hood, too — read on, if you want technical details. If you want developer-level stuff, check the IE team’s new blog post. .

First, it looks like audio is now hardware accelerated. There’s both a multi-track mixer/sampling demo, and some daft Hamster Dance Revolution game — both show off strong audio processing abilities. I’ve never really thought of audio as being important for the Web platform, but I guess if we’re going to see increasingly-complex in-the-browser games and applications, having hardware audio access is highly desirable.

Next, there’s yet more support and hardware acceleration for SVG animation. Have a go with the dice rolling demo or the aforementioned music games — pretty damn cool for in-the-browser animation.

Finally, with JavaScript performance (they’ve moved Chakra inside the rendering engine, it seems) and standards compliance (Acid3 score of 95/100!) both getting very close to both Opera and Chrome, IE9 looks in fine shape to regain the trust of developers. With the platform now finished, it’s now up to the IE team (and Microsoft!) to woo the big-money developers and content providers. There’s a lot of new and exciting functionality in IE9, but it’s going to take time and skill to utilize it successfully.

My only real concern is that the Internet Explorer team has put a lot of its eggs in the hardware accelerated basket. Firefox 4.0 will be hardware accelerated, and Opera has also confirmed that hardware acceleration is in the pipeline. It makes you wonder what Google has up its sleeve — the Internet isn’t just about JavaScript performance, and when you take that ace away from Chrome, it doesn’t have much else. But when every browser has hardware acceleration, what can IE9 bring to the table?

Surely it then becomes a matter of end-user experience. If IE9 launches later this year, it might have the edge for a while, but the whole point of open standards like HTML, CSS, JS and SVG is that every browser can support them. I worry that the Internet

Explorer team might produce a fantastic browser, but one that simply isn’t as.

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