Microsoft plans to release a beta version of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser sometime in September. Better performance, "same markup" and improved Acid3 test scores are expected.
plans to release a beta version of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser
sometime in September.
at the Microsoft
Financial Analyst Meeting
on July 29, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Turner said the company will be moving ahead with a beta of the next
generation of the company's ubiquitous browser technology.
said, "We're really excited about IE9, which will be beta and coming out
IE team initially
delivered a preview
version of the IE9 technology at the company's MIX 2010
conference last March in Las Vegas.
There the team pledged to deliver updates
every eight weeks
. Microsoft delivered IE9
Platform Preview 3 (IE9PP3)
in June, and now a beta is expected in
September, according to Turner.
the IE9 preview at MIX, Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for Internet
Explorer at Microsoft, said Microsoft's goal is to enable developers to use the
same CSS, HTML and other Web technologies to
take advantage of PC hardware. The mantra of "same markup" has
permeated the ongoing development of the product, and Microsoft continues to
increase standards compatibility and support in the technology.
particular, Microsoft has embraced the HTML5 standard for IE9.
puts the power of the whole PC on the Web," said Rob Mauceri, Microsoft's
principal group program manager for Internet Explorer, in a previous interview
with eWEEK. "Browsers today use less than 10 percent of the PC's computing
power, but Canvas and HTML5 audio and video let you use all of the power of the
also continues to improve the performance, reliability and scores on standard
browser tests such as Acid3. At last look with IE9PP3, Microsoft scored 83 out
of 100 on the Acid3 test.
referred to the combination of Windows 7, IE 8/9 and Office 2010 as Microsoft's
also noted that IE has seen a bit of growth in market share of late. "Yes,
we had a little headwind, we had several things we had to do with IE8 this past
year. But guess what per external data in the marketplace? In May and June, we
grew share in the browser space for the first time in a very long time.
the momentum on that has turned, and it's a whole new day. And where we're
going with IE9 and what we're going to do from an HTML5 standard standpoint and
where we're going from a speed standpoint, we're really going in a big way in
this space this next year and have a great story to tell, including around
safety and security in the browser space."