Testers Kick the Tires on IE9 Developer Preview

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-04-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Microsoft releases a series of statistics on the preview of the next major version of its Internet Explorer browser the company made available in mid-March, including download trends.

Microsoft has released a series of statistics on the preview of the next major version of its Internet Explorer browser that the company made available in mid-March, including download trends.

According to published reports, Microsoft has seen about 700,000 downloads of the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview since its release on March 16 at the MIX 2010 conference in Las Vegas. The United States is the primary geographical region where the downloads have occurred, followed by Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia, Microsoft said.

According to Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Internet Explorer at Microsoft, the company has seen 10 times the page views to the IE9 Test Drive site. Hachamovitch said as of week two, traffic to areas of the Test Drive site include  33 percent of traffic to speed demos, 27.4 percent to graphics demos, 22.2 percent to HTML5 demos and 17.4 percent to benchmark tests.

Moreover, Hachamovitch said the top three areas for bug reports are graphics and SVG support, compatibility, and the Microsoft Trident layout engine and CSS support.

The Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview features expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and a new JavaScript engine. Together, these allow developers to use the same markup and deliver graphically and functionally rich Web applications that take advantage of modern PC hardware through a modern operating system, Microsoft said. 


 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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