IE9 Platform Preview 3 with HTML5 video support due today

Microsoft will release Internet Explorer 9 platform preview 3 later today according to sources familiar with the software giants plans.

The updated platform preview code will include support for the HTML5 video tag. Earlier this month Microsoft demonstrated IE9 vs Safari 5 and we strongly expect the company to push out a number of updated HTML5 tests on its test drive site later today.

Microsoft originally unveiled Internet Explorer 9 at PDC 2009. IE 9 will take advantage of the power of the GPU for all page rendering and developers can exploit this using CSS, DHTML and javascript. A new JS engine (codenamed Chakra) will also be built into Internet Explorer 9 with greater interoperability and standards support all round. Features such as rounded corner CSS support will be built in. In January, Neowin revealed that Microsoft is planning to enhance tabbed browsing in IE9. According to a software patent, the Quick Tabs feature in Internet Explorer is likely to be enhanced with better functionality and greater tab management options.

Microsoft is also planning broader support for HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 through its new script engine. Microsoft recently performed W3C Web Standards tests on IE9, including HTML5, SVG 1.1 2nd edition, CSS3 media queries, CSS3 borders & backgrounds, CSS3 selectors, DOM level 3 core, DOM level 3 events and DOM level 2 style. Microsoft, with the help of W3C, performed a total of 192 tests on a variety of browsers. Internet Explorer 9 scored 100% in all eight tests, while every other browser, except Firefox in DOM level 2 style tests, didn't score perfect in any of the test categories.

Microsoft originally began scouting for Internet Explorer 9 beta testers in March. In an email to testers, Justin Saint Clair - Program Manager of Internet Explorer invited testers to join a "select group of IE9 Tech Feedback participants." Neowin understands that Microsoft will introduce a beta of Internet Explorer 9 in August. Today's Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 3 will be available at Microsoft's IE Test Drive site later today.

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Omen1393 said,
Until there is canvas support I'm not sure I'll use IE again.

Why do you need Canvas ? Except, obviously, as a bad pretext not to use IE.

Microsoft is coming from behind in nearly everything these days.. YET!.. they still manage to make an impact

Zune
Windows Phone 7
Windows 7
Bing
IE
Silverlight
Microsoft Expressions

dimithrak said,
Microsoft is coming from behind in nearly everything these days.. YET!.. they still manage to make an impact

Zune
Windows Phone 7
Windows 7
Bing
IE
Silverlight
Microsoft Expressions


would say they came from behind with windows 7

.Neo said,
The Zune is making an impact? Where exactly, in their thoughts?
Just because it's not rivalling the iPod doesn't mean it is a failure. It's also not just the hardware.

I'm going to skip testing this one and wait for a beta version, kinda sucks not having a back button even thought using backspace is an "ok" alternative.

Tanoru said,
When Chrome has full HTML 5 and CSS 3 compatibility I'll be very happy.

you'll have to wait for those standards to become finalised first as they are both drafts with things still imcomplete. IE10 i'm sure will support the finalised standards as i'm sure they will be complete by then.

Ever since discovering Firefox years ago and then learning more about the browser market, I've been very critical of Microsoft and IE. IE7 and 8 were okay, but still behind the competition.

IE9 looks like it can change that. Microsoft's attitudes have finally changed. They recognise the need for much better standards as well as support for future standards. Instead of saying "everyone's wrong, IE is the greatest", they appear to being put in a huge effort to improve the browser enough for it to compete in the browser market (My definition of the browser market is the one where people are aware of the choice. The vast majority are unaware of the choice, and probably don't even know what IE is - it's just 'The Internet' to them.)

hatmallet said,
Ever since discovering Firefox years ago and then learning more about the browser market, I've been very critical of Microsoft and IE. IE7 and 8 were okay, but still behind the competition.

IE9 looks like it can change that. Microsoft's attitudes have finally changed. They recognise the need for much better standards as well as support for future standards. Instead of saying "everyone's wrong, IE is the greatest", they appear to being put in a huge effort to improve the browser enough for it to compete in the browser market (My definition of the browser market is the one where people are aware of the choice. The vast majority are unaware of the choice, and probably don't even know what IE is - it's just 'The Internet' to them.)

That's what you and many assume. However, it seems that these days, most people don't like the change and don't care so much about the browser features, just as long as they can surf their favorite sites.

GraphiteCube said,
So which video codec(s) will IE 9 Platoform Preview 3 support? H.264 only? Or more?

By default just H.264 I think. But since it will use Window's support for codecs, if you install VP8/WebM or Ogg Theora codecs, it should play those too.

Hmm, I wonder how this will fare in the ACID3 test...

The validity of the ACID3 test aside, it would be great if Microsoft could get it to 100% just to quieten the anti MS crowd.

Either way, I really like their approach in getting people to test the fundamental parts of the browser rather than looking at the UI.

Kudos to MS.

Time for the world to start to take note of IE again.

able_aardvark said,
Hmm, I wonder how this will fare in the ACID3 test...

The validity of the ACID3 test aside, it would be great if Microsoft could get it to 100% just to quieten the anti MS crowd.

Either way, I really like their approach in getting people to test the fundamental parts of the browser rather than looking at the UI.

Kudos to MS.

Time for the world to start to take note of IE again.

It'd be good for developers to finally quit worring about making IE only patches because IE refuses to follow the standards like every other web browser does. But I won't be using IE anyways since it still has crappy ActiveXploit in it and won't be removed. And also doesn't run on Linux (even if I was using Windows I wouldn't use it because of the first reason). Also forgot to say, it won't have webgl either so that's turns me away.

able_aardvark said,
Hmm, I wonder how this will fare in the ACID3 test...

The validity of the ACID3 test aside, it would be great if Microsoft could get it to 100% just to quieten the anti MS crowd.

Either way, I really like their approach in getting people to test the fundamental parts of the browser rather than looking at the UI.

Kudos to MS.

Time for the world to start to take note of IE again.

How? With over half of Windows users still using XP including me, I doubt IE9 will even gain significant market share. Even if it's great and all, no XP user will even think of switching to Windows 7 or Vista simply for IE9. So with no XP user adopting IE9, other browsers such as Chrome will rapidly gain market share even faster than it is now and IE9 will be left to dust. Seriously bad move of Microsoft to not create IE9 for XP. They need to stop thinking they are an Operating System company when they are making a browser. Just cause XP is already in long term support doesn't mean they cannot support their browser in XP. And to people who say that IE9 simply has features not supported in XP, if Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari can do it? why can't IE9? Maybe cause Microsoft is hopeless? I don't think so. I truly think Microsoft is a very talented company but arrogance is brimming in it.

Pestbest said,
How? With over half of Windows users still using XP including me...
And just how much longer are you planning on using XP for? Into 2011, when it truly becomes a decade-old OS?

In general, people on XP aren't people who want or need the very latest stuff. A lot of them are businesses, which are quite possibly on IE6, let alone IE8.

Besides, so what if people move to other browsers on XP? Win7 is the growth market. And even beyond that, having more equal browser usage is a good thing for standardization. Everyone then competes on a more level plane.

Pestbest said,

How? With over half of Windows users still using XP including me, I doubt IE9 will even gain significant market share. Even if it's great and all, no XP user will even think of switching to Windows 7 or Vista simply for IE9. So with no XP user adopting IE9, other browsers such as Chrome will rapidly gain market share even faster than it is now and IE9 will be left to dust. Seriously bad move of Microsoft to not create IE9 for XP. They need to stop thinking they are an Operating System company when they are making a browser. Just cause XP is already in long term support doesn't mean they cannot support their browser in XP. And to people who say that IE9 simply has features not supported in XP, if Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari can do it? why can't IE9? Maybe cause Microsoft is hopeless? I don't think so. I truly think Microsoft is a very talented company but arrogance is brimming in it.


XP is a really old OS. It is the most insecure OS that MS is still supporting on its line. Plus as it has been explained, XP is on extended support until 2014. A lot of the features that Win 7 and Vista have XP can't support.

Pestbest said,

How? With over half of Windows users still using XP including me, I doubt IE9 will even gain significant market share. Even if it's great and all, no XP user will even think of switching to Windows 7 or Vista simply for IE9. So with no XP user adopting IE9, other browsers such as Chrome will rapidly gain market share even faster than it is now and IE9 will be left to dust. Seriously bad move of Microsoft to not create IE9 for XP. They need to stop thinking they are an Operating System company when they are making a browser. Just cause XP is already in long term support doesn't mean they cannot support their browser in XP. And to people who say that IE9 simply has features not supported in XP, if Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari can do it? why can't IE9? Maybe cause Microsoft is hopeless? I don't think so. I truly think Microsoft is a very talented company but arrogance is brimming in it.

The power of the GPU can only be used on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP is just too colorful and supported that you can't see what it really is, it's Windows 2000 basically. GPU power that Microsoft is looking for is ready to be harnessed on Windows Vista and Windows 7. They aren't going to bend over backwards for those who use ancient software which most definitely runs on crappy hardware that doesn't have any GPU power. This is why Microsoft chose to stop supporting it.

Why are we talking about extended support here? I agree that Microsoft no longer needs to support Windows XP in terms of security stability updates. But this is a browser they are making. It is not related to them making an OS or whether XP is in long term support. They must think on the same level as other browser manufacturers and their aim should be to support every OS with a high market share and that includes Mac OS X and if possible , Linux too. It doesn't matter if that OS is dying, support it until it dies. I was trying to say to aardvark that the world will not take note of IE9 if it isn't available for all the major OS. No person will think of switching to a new OS that supports IE9 simply for IE9 alone when there are so many good alternatives around. Did I mention that any user will be happy as long as Microsoft can make IE9 fast and stable and release it for Windows XP, take chrome as an example it doesn't have hardware acceleration but see how fast it is. Anything's possible.

Would be nice to get a working version, however I appreciate and think it is brilliant they are getting the engine right for a change before working on the cosmetics.

stevember said,
I appreciate and think it is brilliant they are getting the engine right for a change before working on the cosmetics.

+1

stevember said,
Would be nice to get a working version, however I appreciate and think it is brilliant they are getting the engine right for a change before working on the cosmetics.

They're working on cosmetics, it's just there not showing them to us!! The fact they are hiding them indicates to me there are some big changes coming, about time.

ClintEastman said,

They're working on cosmetics, it's just there not showing them to us!! The fact they are hiding them indicates to me there are some big changes coming, about time.

I'm pretty sure the new UI will be WPF this time around, thus the hush hush about it.

DaRkMaDnEsS said,
i think this might be the comeback for IE i might give it a try when it hit beta

Using Firefox for now


well you know IE is still in the lead, thanks to all the common people who look like a question mark one you ask them what internet browser they use...

i highly doubt IE will win back the more geeky users, even with all it's supposed would need one great extension/addon system and new features other browsers lack for that... i will give it a try when a beta comes out though

Leonick said,

well you know IE is still in the lead, thanks to all the common people who look like a question mark one you ask them what internet browser they use...

i highly doubt IE will win back the more geeky users, even with all it's supposed would need one great extension/addon system and new features other browsers lack for that... i will give it a try when a beta comes out though

what does browser have to do with geeky users. Im about as geeky as it gets and i use nothing but IE even in linux.