Microsoft recruiting Internet Explorer 9 tech testers

Microsoft is currently inviting testers to an Internet Explorer 9 technical feedback program.

The program is open to those who were top bug filers for the Internet Explorer 8 beta. Several testers began receiving emails over the weekend inviting them to the technical feedback program. Microsoft recently released a developer preview build of Internet Explorer 9. The preview build does not include the UI elements of Internet Explorer 9 but allows developers to test the new JavaScript engine and HTML5/CSS3 support. Microsoft has said it will update the preview build regularly. 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." 

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.

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bluarash said,

When then I am in (as a beta testers) because I submitted that the whole program was a bug.

OMG that's so hilarious! You beat me to it!

I second your notion that the whole program is filed as a bug.

bluarash said,

When then I am in (as a beta testers) because I submitted that the whole program was a bug.


LMAO Best joke of the day.

All I remember from the beta testing of IE7 was everyone asking why certain toolbars and button positions were non changeable. We were good for bug fixing but the developers decided their UI was the best and user opinion was obviously flawed. What a load of....

Klethron said,

Was IE5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 your idea as well?


If IE6 was his idea... now we know who to blame.

Edited by Silverskull, Mar 22 2010, 11:52pm :

I just really hope they find a way to get ClearType to work properly. The DirectX rendering is nice and fast, but the text has nasty colour fringing and fuzziness. It's got the device-agnostic rendering style that OS X has, not the built-for-computer-displays razor sharp look that ClearType gives.

random_n said,
I just really hope they find a way to get ClearType to work properly. The DirectX rendering is nice and fast, but the text has nasty colour fringing and fuzziness. It's got the device-agnostic rendering style that OS X has, not the built-for-computer-displays razor sharp look that ClearType gives.
They should use Windows' own ClearType, I don't get why they need an extra one of their own since it's never been problem-free on any computer I've seen or used it on.

Let the testers test the HTML/CSS/... things, that's okay.
But only special testers for the Wer-Browser, and those are the only persons who can make suggestion? There are many mistakes in the IE8.0 GUI, I am sure MS will make some mistakes again if only MVPS, MSFT, MS... "test" the Web-Browser.

Those in the Tech Feedback Program don't get a special version of the Platform Preview. In this stage, the feedback they want amounts to bug reports on the standard of HTML, CSS, SVG, XHTML and JavaScript support.

They say that they will improve tab browsing; what I think is that they are going to 7dize the IE UI by grouping all similar sites tabs together and when a mouse hover or click it will display tabs that will go below and so on.

It would be great if that feature could be supported as a peek function while hovering the tabs.

I just want it to be much lighter and faster than IE8, and even more standards compliant than the tech-preview. Decent! But not "IE-decent", just plain DECENT!

I hope they release a UI version of this browser so i can get a more realistic browsing experience during the testing phases. I think this browser is going to be great seems like their actually putting a lot of work into this.

ozyborn said,
IE anything?? No thanks I will stick with Firefox and Opera

Then tell the Firefox and Opera teams to fix their standards-noncompliance cause I hate them too much to even talk to them.

RealFduch said,

Then tell the Firefox and Opera teams to fix their standards-noncompliance cause I hate them too much to even talk to them.

Compared to IE's compliance? Can I have some of what you're smoking?

Those beta tester they get pay for giving Microsoft feedback?
beta tester they do the job and Microsoft get the credit . nice

Gaara sama said,
Those beta tester they get pay for giving Microsoft feedback?
beta tester they do the job and Microsoft get the credit . nice

It's even better for Firefox users. Not only Mozilla gets the feedback, but Google gets theyir queries and visited sites.

tuxplorer said,
Will be hard for them to find tech beta participants from just 25% Windows users.
And by 25%, I presume that you mean 54%.

EDIT: Which is more than 215,000,000 people. Quite the pool, if I do say so myself.

Edited by waruikoohii, Mar 23 2010, 2:50pm : Added a statistic.

Welcome to the Internet Explorer Feedback website! This site is the central location for our users to share feedback directly with the Internet Explorer team and the IE community. Use this site to submit and manage bugs, browse and comment on submissions from other users, and find newsgroups and other resources for seeking help and discussing IE. Your feedback is important to us - you will be able to read more about our approach to feedback on our blog.
The Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview is available. The IE team blog has information on IE9 and what the Platform Preview is. You can download the latest version and try the new platform features from the IE Test Drive site. You can navigate directly to the IE Feedback program using the Report Issue menu in the Platform Preview.
For the IE9 feedback program we’re now taking feedback from all of our users. It is important to note that at this time in the release we are seeking feedback from developers who are using the Platform Preview. There are three easy steps to get started:
· If you are not already a member of Connect, click here to register with Connect
· After you have registered, click here to sign up for the IE Public Feedback program. You only have to do this once.
· Once you’ve signed up you’ll need to fill out a brief survey for the IE team.
More information on the type of feedback we're looking for, how to submit feedback, and more is available once you register and sign in.

IE Tech Feedback Program â€"Continues the “Tech Beta” program we started with IE8. (The name changes to reflect that we are beginning it pre-Beta.) This includes a select set of users who will validate and refine bugs from the public (in addition to filing their own bugs). If you’d like to volunteer to join this community, please send an e-mail to IESO@microsoft.com, Subject: Pick me for IE Tech Feedback.

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