Microsoft to show off IE9 progress and release early developer preview

Microsoft is set to show off its progress with Internet Explorer 9 at the company's MIX 2010 conference today.

Company insiders have indicated to Neowin that the software giant will demonstrate something inside of the browser that has never previously been done before. Sources familiar with the situation also confirmed Microsoft will release an early developer tech preview of Internet Explorer 9.

The early tech preview of IE9 will be a basic preview for web developers to prepare their websites for Internet Explorer 9 which is expected to be available later this year. 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 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. Neowin expects the stage demonstrations at MIX 2010 will include some impressive forward-thinking web applications that take use of better browser storage and HTML5 features.

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lol @ acid3 other then that i suppose the minor incentives are pretty neat albeit not multiplatform so many features i imagine will be like activex all over again

Digitalx said,
lol @ acid3 other then that i suppose the minor incentives are pretty neat albeit not multiplatform so many features i imagine will be like activex all over again

Acid3 tests rendering/running bad code, not good code. I'm fairly sure that ACID3 compliance isn't their focus but instead to improve practical and day-to-day performance for typical usage, which the testdrive already shows in spades.

Digitalx, what on earth does IE9's Windows requirement have to do with standards support?

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 16 2010, 4:08pm :

Kirkburn said,
Digitalx, what on earth does IE9's Windows requirement have to do with standards support?

Well all the fancy features platform animation effects and rendering run off gpu obviously would only work on IE9 and windows, same as activex would only function/work in IE. So again we have a repeat of having to code specific to IE which probably like other developers/designers almost give up on bothering now. As for the rest yeah acid3 may not essential but making it render as close to others as possible is best way to go isn't it ... shouldn't life be easier for designers/developers... microsoft don't seemed to have learned a thing that's my point.

Digitalx said,
Well all the fancy features platform animation effects and rendering run off gpu obviously would only work on IE9 and windows, same as activex would only function/work in IE. So again we have a repeat of having to code specific to IE which probably like other developers/designers almost give up on bothering now. As for the rest yeah acid3 may not essential but making it render as close to others as possible is best way to go isn't it ... shouldn't life be easier for designers/developers... microsoft don't seemed to have learned a thing that's my point.

Go, get a clue.
P.S. And learn to speak.

IE sucks, but hopefully 9 can redeem itself a bit. Bugs me that even if they do Outlook is likely to use an older version of IE or still Microsoft Word to render pages. Apple on the other hand utilizes Safari and WebKit throughout the system and all gets updated together. Microsoft could take a tip from them and update many pieces together.

Xero said,
IE sucks, but hopefully 9 can redeem itself a bit. Bugs me that even if they do Outlook is likely to use an older version of IE or still Microsoft Word to render pages. Apple on the other hand utilizes Safari and WebKit throughout the system and all gets updated together. Microsoft could take a tip from them and update many pieces together.

Outlook is hardly going to use an older version of IE, please talk sense. Outlook prior to 2007 will use whatever version of IE is on the PC or Word (depending on what you have set as your e-mail editor). From 2007 it uses Word exclusively. This will be the case whatever you have on your OS.

Xero said,
IE sucks, but hopefully 9 can redeem itself a bit. Bugs me that even if they do Outlook is likely to use an older version of IE or still Microsoft Word to render pages. Apple on the other hand utilizes Safari and WebKit throughout the system and all gets updated together. Microsoft could take a tip from them and update many pieces together.

Actually, Internet Explorer engine was used to display email in Outlook (aside from Word), but to sandbox Outlook from any security issues that may be discovered in IE at any point in time, they decided to create a separate email renderer for Outlook.

SHoTTa35 said,
Bring on the early beta* - i'd love to get my grubby lil hands on it!

Same here, should be very interesting!!

If the work they have done so far is any indication of what they are possibly going to show, this should be be very interesting.