Application Development: Microsoft IE9 Release Candidate: Why You Need to Try It

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-02-14
 
 
 

Microsoft IE9 Release Candidate: Why You Need to Try It

by Darryl K. Taft

Microsoft IE9 Release Candidate: Why You Need to Try It

Cheat Sheet

Microsoft has developed a "cheat sheet" that highlights all of the major changes that have occurred in IE9 between the beta and the RC version released on Feb. 10. The cheat sheet can be found at this site.

Cheat Sheet

Tests

Microsoft has submitted tests to various standards bodies to test IE9 against the leading Web standards. The test results can be found at this Website.

Tests

Downloads

IE9 RC enables users to easily view and track their downloads.

Downloads

Most Visited

With IE9 RC, you can access the sites you visit most—all in one place.

Most Visited

Filtering

The updated browser enables ActiveX filtering.

Filtering

Tracking Protection

IE9 RC enables users to add a tracking protection list.

Tracking Protection

Aero Snap

In this slide, Aero Snap is shown while tearing off tabs.

Aero Snap

Blocking

The Download Manager blocking an unsafe site.

Blocking

Canvas

Here is a demo of Canvas Zoom.

Canvas

Continuous Video

With IE9 RC, video is continuous while dragging a tab.

Continuous Video

CSS3

IE9 RC supports CSS3 Media Queries.

CSS3

Reputation

The browser's Download Manager shows a reputation warning.

Reputation

Pinning

Users can drag the tab icon near the taskbar to pin.

Pinning

Somethings FishIE

In this slide, FishIE Tank is showing hardware acceleration.

Somethings FishIE

Focus on Website

Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate puts the focus on your Website, not the browser.

Focus on Website

One Box

One Box can perform searches as you type.

One Box

Vertical

With IE9 RC, you can pin a Website to the vertical taskbar.

Vertical

Multiples

Users also can pin multiple homepages.

Multiples

SmartScreen

This slide shows the IE9 RC SmartScreen warning page.

SmartScreen

Search

IE9 RC offers various ways to search the Internet.

Search

Another Way

This slide depicts another way to search.

Another Way

Tabs

Tabs below the address bar are shown here.

Tabs

Tear Off

Tear-off tabs—Avatar Marketplace.

Tear Off

Icon Overlay

The Hotmail icon shows the icon overlay, indicating new messages.

Icon Overlay

Site Icon

With Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate, the site icon becomes pinnable.

Site Icon

Tracking Protection

Users can configure tracking protection lists.

Tracking Protection

Web Fonts

IE9 RC supports Web fonts.

Web Fonts

hi5 and HTML5

In this slide, hi5 is utilizing IE9 and HTML5.

hi5 and HTML5

Interactive Features

Archetype designed an updated site for Red Bull, which has IE9-based interactive features.

Interactive Features

Logo

Pictured is the IE9 RC logo.

Logo

IE9 RC Event

Rob Mauceri (left), principal group program manager for Internet Explorer, and Ryan Gavin, senior director of Internet Explorer, present the keynote speech at the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate event in San Francisco Feb. 10.

IE9 RC Event

Pirates Love Daisies

Developer Grant Skinner gives a demonstration of PiratesLoveDaisies.com, an impressive tower-defense game built entirely in HTML5, at the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate event.

Pirates Love Daisies

Rocket Fuel