Internet Explorer 9 platform preview 3 released

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 platform preview 3 today, marking the third and possibly final release prior to the beta phase.

The updated platform preview code includes support for the HTML5 video tag. Platform Preview 3 includes support for HTML5 video and audio tags, 2D graphics using the canvas tag and embedded fonts using the WOFF standard. Earlier this month Microsoft demonstrated IE9 vs Safari 5 and the company has pushed out a number of updated HTML5 tests on its test drive 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 is available at Microsoft's IE Test Drive site.

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['Guess Microsoft is determined to reclaim its throne']
It was good how Firefox and Chrome gave IE a good run for its moey, MS seem to have taken up the challenge and want to reclaim the large slice of the pie.

Looks good, cant wait till its released properly.

Looks cool and it's great that IE9 is supporting these HTML5 elements so well, but how practical is it right now? The way I understand it, HTML5 is years away from being a complete standard, and even once it is complete we will likely have to wait a while for the old browsers to die out before it can be adopted fully. We've only just about got rid of IE6 some 9 years after its release.

CSS3 corners though - at last!

Wow. Blown away. Canvas support is a massive surprise for a lot of people who thought they won't include it as Silverlight is somewhat a competitor. Guess Microsoft is determined to reclaim its throne.

I actually do like IE9, It seems to be working better than Chrome in all them tests. But the only thing I dont like about IE is the fact it boot up so slow. Chrome is nearly instant for me, I click the button within 1 second its up. Even for the beta IE, I boot it up and it takes a while, Same with loading pages etc. Chrome is just faster for me when loading up/viewing pages. =)

Jagjit Singh said,
Chrome is nearly instant for me, I click the button within 1 second its up.

If you have the new tab page as your home (as most people do), then yes Chrome will boot up in a second, since its not trying to make a connection to a live page. Not sure if thats what you have or not...

@GP007: It won't get to 100. Microsoft have indicated there are certain tests they will not be able to pass. For example, they will not implement SVG fonts (because of WOFF) in IE9, whereas the other three rendering engines currently partly implement it to, in no small part, pass Acid 3.

hornetfighter said,
@GP007: It won't get to 100. Microsoft have indicated there are certain tests they will not be able to pass. For example, they will not implement SVG fonts (because of WOFF) in IE9, whereas the other three rendering engines currently partly implement it to, in no small part, pass Acid 3.

Well, w/e, Acid3 isn't the do all and be all of tests anyways. Besides isn't supporting WOFF way more of a plus compared to some half-assed SVG font support?

hornetfighter said,
the other three rendering engines currently partly implement it to, in no small part, pass Acid 3.
Firefox/Gecko don't support it either, for similar reasons.

GP007 said,

Well, w/e, Acid3 isn't the do all and be all of tests anyways. Besides isn't supporting WOFF way more of a plus compared to some half-assed SVG font support?

+1 sir!

GraphiteCube said,
Nice work. Looking forward to Beta and stable version of IE 9.

From a Firefox User who used to be a regular IE user: I am impressed! I hope that they will also provide support for many useful add-ons developed for Firefox.

Wow no one has come out with the Acid test yet? LOL..

IE 9 Preview 3 gets 83/100 on Acid 3 now..almost there for the people who love the Acid tests eh? Just had to post the number since it wasn't already up haha.

Martog said,
Wow no one has come out with the Acid test yet? LOL..

IE 9 Preview 3 gets 83/100 on Acid 3 now..almost there for the people who love the Acid tests eh? Just had to post the number since it wasn't already up haha.

Good to know I guess, I suppose then when PP4 (or maybe Beta 1) hits it'll be 100/100.

I will never go back to IE. No matter how good IE 9 is. However that doesn't mean i am not happy with IE's progress. At least with IE9, Web Designers could have a new lowest common factor to work with. And i honestly hope IE9 support as much of the HTML 5 standard as possible.

iwod said,
I will never go back to IE. No matter how good IE 9 is.

...why?
What if it's better than your current web browser, by leagues? (not saying it will be, but you're saying it certainly won't be). Did Microsoft scar you or something?

iwod said,
I will never go back to IE. No matter how good IE 9 is. However that doesn't mean i am not happy with IE's progress. At least with IE9, Web Designers could have a new lowest common factor to work with. And i honestly hope IE9 support as much of the HTML 5 standard as possible.

And I will never use any browser other than IE, no OS other than Windows and no search engine other than Bing, no matter how good the competitors are.

Rodrigo said,

Easy. He's a fanboy.

If any of you had done any Web Development for the past 5 - 6 years.... Your hatred for IE 6 will simply be massive.

The Internet has moved on, for a long time the web was IE6, thanks to Firefox, Web moved to a more standard compliant way. Now thanks to Webkit, the web even works for Opera as well.

The point is, we finally have competition. And even if other browser may be slightly behind, enough user base on alternative browsers will keep off Microsoft doing what IE6 did to the web.

iwod said,
If any of you had done any Web Development for the past 5 - 6 years.... Your hatred for IE 6 will simply be massive.

Ya, now that the thing is a billion years old. I am sure you would hate firefox 1 or 2 as well if it was still up and running. And furthermore, the IE hate is FAR exaggerated. Most people hate it and dont even know why.

Seriously, those who don't see the path the IE9 is going, and this development process, and everything, are either ignorant fools or fanboys.

gotta say preview 3 is impressive, the SunSpider benchmarks are great too, much closer to chrome, safari and opera's performance Its way faster than firefox 4.0 alpha1 a.k.a 3.7 alpha 6, i hope firefox can catch up in performance soon, it will be the slowest modern browser once IE9 ships which is a shame.

Impressive...
...But!

I'll NEVER go back to IE - people, don't ever forget how horrible the web was before when IE dominated it: completely and utterly! Not to mention it's only available for the limited and restricted Windows platform (also only specific Windows versions) it will limit its share anyway.

Now we're allowed useful addons such as DownloadHelper (downloading videos from Youtube), Adblock Plus and more. Remember, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are open source so ANYONE can contribute and change it as they like!

Tpiom said,
Impressive...
...But!

I'll NEVER go back to IE - people, don't ever forget how horrible the web was before when IE dominated it: completely and utterly! Not to mention it's only available for the limited and restricted Windows platform (also only specific Windows versions) it will limit its share anyway.

Now we're allowed useful addons such as DownloadHelper (downloading videos from Youtube), Adblock Plus and more. Remember, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are open source so ANYONE can contribute and change it as they like!

Chromium is open-source. Chrome ain't.

Tpiom said,
Impressive...
...But!

I'll NEVER go back to IE - people, don't ever forget how horrible the web was before when IE dominated it: completely and utterly! Not to mention it's only available for the limited and restricted Windows platform (also only specific Windows versions) it will limit its share anyway.

Now we're allowed useful addons such as DownloadHelper (downloading videos from Youtube), Adblock Plus and more. Remember, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are open source so ANYONE can contribute and change it as they like!

And how many Firefox and Chromium (not Chrome) users actually contribute code?

.....thought so

Tpiom said,
Impressive...
...But!

I'll NEVER go back to IE - people, don't ever forget how horrible the web was before when IE dominated it: completely and utterly! Not to mention it's only available for the limited and restricted Windows platform (also only specific Windows versions) it will limit its share anyway.

Now we're allowed useful addons such as DownloadHelper (downloading videos from Youtube), Adblock Plus and more. Remember, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are open source so ANYONE can contribute and change it as they like!

Windows is limited and restricted huh?

Back to your cave, troll.

Whether it is open source or not is not indicative of final quality. Just because it's FOSS, doesn't mean it was sent down from the heavens to please your every need.

Use what works for you!

Tpiom said,
I'll NEVER go back to IE

If IE9 proves to provide a smoother internet experience (GPU rendering, Direct2D, et) then I will use it. Unlike you I dont limit myself with stupid psychological crap. Use whats best.

Just checked this out and the demos look pretty promising. However... I tested it on one of my sites that use fairly standard CSS (2 & 3) along with some jQuery animations, and it has rendering problems. In fact, the second preview rendered my sites better than this one does. Also, still no box-shadow support (yet), but hopefully they'll get that in for the final release.

Glen said,
Just checked this out and the demos look pretty promising. However... I tested it on one of my sites that use fairly standard CSS (2 & 3) along with some jQuery animations, and it has rendering problems. In fact, the second preview rendered my sites better than this one does. Also, still no box-shadow support (yet), but hopefully they'll get that in for the final release.

If you own an account on Microsoft Connect, please do submit a simple report. It's easy and will help a lot.

Faisal Islam said,
nice graphics i mean the logo...but i don't see any improvement over chrome/webkit

If you've tried any of the tests, that's actually like, impossible? Unless you don't have any form of graphics card that is. But I doubt that, even an Integrated graphics card would count.

Edited by ~Johnny, Jun 23 2010, 11:49pm :

Faisal Islam said,
nice graphics i mean the logo...but i don't see any improvement over chrome/webkit

Trying it at at least once would help!

Faisal Islam said,
nice graphics i mean the logo...but i don't see any improvement over chrome/webkit

LOL you hasty nitpicker! Why don't you actually try it and see for yourself.

People are still in denial. *PHEW*

Still not sold, cherry-picking tests built just for this purpose (brag about feature X others don't do well or have) does not impress me. I get it, it's a preview. Love that the browser war is flaring up though. We'll all benefit!

Frankenchrist said,
cherry-picking tests
Apparently showing off the hardware acceleration is cherry picking tests.

You do realise your display pic is the Chrome logo? You ... might possibly be taking it a little personally?

Frankenchrist said,
Still not sold, cherry-picking tests built just for this purpose (brag about feature X others don't do well or have) does not impress me. I get it, it's a preview. Love that the browser war is flaring up though. We'll all benefit!

What do you expect? It's in alpha. Even in a final release when showing off your product you'd want to highlight all the positives while avoiding the negatives. It's marketing.

Frankenchrist said,
Still not sold, cherry-picking tests built just for this purpose (brag about feature X others don't do well or have) does not impress me. I get it, it's a preview. Love that the browser war is flaring up though. We'll all benefit!

Just download it and run your own tests then? The whole point of the PPs is so webdevs can chime in this time.

Frankenchrist said,
Still not sold, cherry-picking tests built just for this purpose (brag about feature X others don't do well or have) does not impress me.

So what your really saying is that Chrome sucks at these tests...

What I'm saying is... IE9 is really just IE8 - with a few added things. The tests confirm it. When it's ready in 2011 it will probably be a nice browser, but it's not like Firefox etc will be standing still til then. Good to see MS putting some work into IE which they haven't for the last, what, 8 years?
I personally don't care who makes the best browser. Each to his own. A longtime user of IE and firefox, I now use the fastes (for me) browser and it just happens to be Chrome at the moment. I have no problem switching if any other browser is faster/better. Just now, there just isn't one.

Frankenchrist said,
What I'm saying is... IE9 is really just IE8 - with a few added things. The tests confirm it.
No. They don't. That is utterly absurd and downright stupid.

Acid3 is up to 83/100. CSS3 Selector test results are a full pass. The JS engine is faster than Firefox, and nearing Chrome. The hardware acceleration is incredibly effective. Canvas, audio, and video support is in, plus WOFF.

Yes, there are still things missing - the browser is still under development. However, to say it's just IE8+stuff is plainly wrong.

Kirkburn said,
No. They don't. That is utterly absurd and downright stupid.

Acid3 is up to 83/100. CSS3 Selector test results are a full pass. The JS engine is faster than Firefox, and nearing Chrome.

Here's some JS benchmarks I just ran ( IE8 | IE9 | chrome | Firefox ):
V8 JS : 124 | 1537 | 6328 | 1251
Peacekeeper: 1004 | 2937 | 8561 | 3906
Dromaeo: crash | crash | 1002 | 144
CelticKane: 68 | 454 | 601 | 193
Yes it has improved and yes it's an alpha build, but while it has improved, it's still *nowhere* near Chrome's JS performance. As I said, good to see MS finally working on it and I hope they really make a good browser once again.


Frankenchrist said,

Here's some JS benchmarks I just ran ( IE8 | IE9 | chrome | Firefox ):
V8 JS : 124 | 1537 | 6328 | 1251
Peacekeeper: 1004 | 2937 | 8561 | 3906
Dromaeo: crash | crash | 1002 | 144
CelticKane: 68 | 454 | 601 | 193
Yes it has improved and yes it's an alpha build, but while it has improved, it's still *nowhere* near Chrome's JS performance. As I said, good to see MS finally working on it and I hope they really make a good browser once again.



your results have proven that IE9 is NOT "really just IE8", it's leaps and bounds above IE8, in terms of both HTML5 features and JS performance. It's even slightly above Firefox now. How's that "really just IE8"?

Astrotrax said,
Im not sold if im honest, im sticking with safari.

In Windows?! Hold on!


*runs to kitchen*
*puts water to boil*
*grinds coffee*
*pours carefully*
*blows steam away*
*sips*

*SPITS DRINK*

Joshie said,

In Windows?! Hold on!


*runs to kitchen*
*puts water to boil*
*grinds coffee*
*pours carefully*
*blows steam away*
*sips*

*SPITS DRINK*

Hhahahha!

Astrotrax said,
Im not sold if im honest, im sticking with safari.

If you have a Mac, then I understand. But then you should know that IE9 isnt for Mac, thus making you an idiot. If you mean Safari for Windows, then you are an idiot.

Either way, you are an idiot. Have a good day.

autobon said,

If you have a Mac, then I understand. But then you should know that IE9 isnt for Mac, thus making you an idiot. If you mean Safari for Windows, then you are an idiot.

Either way, you are an idiot. Have a good day.

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autobon said,

If you have a Mac, then I understand. But then you should know that IE9 isnt for Mac, thus making you an idiot. If you mean Safari for Windows, then you are an idiot.

Either way, you are an idiot. Have a good day.

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manosdoc said,
It can support this stupid WebM too. Do your work.
Also H.264>WebM by far. Now H.264 full GPU accelerated.
Please link us your research.

billyea said,
Not this again...

The group behind H264 say they won't charge till 2016 but from then they may start charging web browsers makers, it's better if we don't run the risk of having to pay for our browsers again.

thealexweb said,

that's the bare minimum to be expected from them.


Would you rather have no support (looking at you, Apple)? MS knows that there may be potential patent issues for WebM so it's a good way to protect themselves. Google uses WebM because it's their format and Mozilla and Opera don't have much of a choice but to use WebM (due to their open souce licensing).

lordcanti86 said,

Would you rather have no support (looking at you, Apple)? MS knows that there may be potential patent issues for WebM so it's a good way to protect themselves. Google uses WebM because it's their format and Mozilla and Opera don't have much of a choice but to use WebM (due to their open souce licensing).

+1

Best font antializing through Direct3D, best HTML5 video implementation on H.264, Full GPU acceleration aka better battery for my laptop/cooler laptop.
Oh this baby when it gets out is gonna be sweet.

manosdoc said,
Η.264 720p on Youtube and CPU is at lowest.
Oh this preview blew me off.

Definetly, it's pretty clear from these demo's IE9 is in a totally superior league to even Chrome & Opera in regards to HTML 5 performance. Awesome stuff, hopefully Opera gets their hardware accelerated builds out in time for IE 9 too.

~Johnny said,

Definetly, it's pretty clear from these demo's IE9 is in a totally superior league to even Chrome & Opera in regards to HTML 5 performance. Awesome stuff, hopefully Opera gets their hardware accelerated builds out in time for IE 9 too.

You can check that yourself, http://www.youtube.com/html5
Join and see. Absolutely marvelous quality, NO flash required.

~Johnny said,

Definetly, it's pretty clear from these demo's IE9 is in a totally superior league to even Chrome & Opera in regards to HTML 5 performance. Awesome stuff, hopefully Opera gets their hardware accelerated builds out in time for IE 9 too.


I wish people didn't hand wave with "HTML5" so much. While this is good *video decoding* performance, IE9 still doesn't even include e.g. HTML5 Canvas support like most of the competition, which is basically "Flash for HTML5" if you wish to put it like that.

So yeah, this component seem well performing, but please call it what it is.

Northgrove said,

I wish people didn't hand wave with "HTML5" so much. While this is good *video decoding* performance, IE9 still doesn't even include e.g. HTML5 Canvas support like most of the competition, which is basically "Flash for HTML5" if you wish to put it like that.

So yeah, this component seem well performing, but please call it what it is.

It H A S Canvas support.

Northgrove said,

I wish people didn't hand wave with "HTML5" so much. While this is good *video decoding* performance, IE9 still doesn't even include e.g. HTML5 Canvas support like most of the competition, which is basically "Flash for HTML5" if you wish to put it like that.

So yeah, this component seem well performing, but please call it what it is.

Have you even watched the video? They show canvas support in like 3 of the examples.

Northgrove said,

I wish people didn't hand wave with "HTML5" so much. While this is good *video decoding* performance, IE9 still doesn't even include e.g. HTML5 Canvas support like most of the competition, which is basically "Flash for HTML5" if you wish to put it like that.

So yeah, this component seem well performing, but please call it what it is.

Oh sorry I wasn't talking about video playback, I was talking about running HTML 5 Canvas tests on the IE9 site myself. And yeah, it beats everything (:

limok said,
I get a package error 2739 anyone know why?

Ok, I figured it out, you have to download the 3 packs individually, I think it's not working right, I just went to the MS download center and grabbed them one by one, installed, restarted, then PP3 installed just fine.

GP007 said,

Ok, I figured it out, you have to download the 3 packs individually, I think it's not working right, I just went to the MS download center and grabbed them one by one, installed, restarted, then PP3 installed just fine.


No go for me. Downloaded separately, installed, restarted - 2739.
edit - on second try, it might have worked after all

Wow. Just wow. I'm really excited about IE9, they seem to be doing a fantastic job with it. At least under the hood.

manosdoc said,
It simply rocks.

I agree! I believe it is finally time to begin work on the successor to Vistadreams.org. The great part is that I intend all dreams and windows 7 themes to either be free or about $0.50 a piece. Does that sound like a good plan by any chance?