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Neowin interview with IE9 team - questions?

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tomwarren    68

Hi guys and girls,

We'll be conducting an interview with the Internet Explorer 9 team tomorrow afternoon via Twitter. Do you have any questions you'd like answering for IE9? Post them here.

Thanks

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e-berlin.org    77

When to expect the public beta!?

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mdtaUK    58

Will the IE9 Engine be the basis of Windows Phone 7's browser as well as Zune HD etc, all be it with specific UI for those screens?

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tunafish    7

Do you intend to add a download manager

How often do you plan on releasing IE9 updates after final release? Will it be updated more frequently than IE currently is?

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Winston    0

I haven't been following all the news around IE9 apart from hardware rendering, better compliants, fast scripting engine etc, but have they mentioned much about the overall UI? I know that the tabbing system is going to be due for a change, but much change? Also around extensibility, is there much work around this? Firefox being one of their major competitiors wins out with their rich set of plugins available, there definitely isn't as much on IE, I'm not sure if it's the dev model on offer or how much extension points are available to write useful plugins, but are they doing anything in this area? Pushed away for next version again? It would be great if they had a easy extensibility model like they have implemented inside Visual Studio 2010.

Cheers,

Winston

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Jason Cartwright    0

When should we expect IE9 previews to get a UI ?

What differences will there be between IE8 and IE9 ?

IE9 speed tests show good results so far, Google's Chrome and others will try to counter in the months to come, will IE9 still be faster by the time it launches ?

Will IE9 finally support breaking tabs off into separate windows and finally make viewing websites side-by-side a simple task?

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Jan    402

What will the user interface be inspired by? (ex. Native app, Metro ETC.)

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kInG aLeXo    13

Do they plan to introduce new way of making addons to Internet Explorer like the way firefox addons work ?

Will IE9 be available for Windows XP ?

Will they finally have a "good" download manager ?

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stevember    138

Will Microsoft continue acknowledge web standards like IE9 or is this one-off?

Can web designer put to rest custom IE code finally?

Will it be forced upgrade where possible?

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tomwarren    68

Wow you guys are quick ;)

Good questions :) I've sent some on to Microsoft initially, we'll be holding the QnA tomorrow at 5pm UK time. I will post more information main page but if you use Twitter you will be able to direct questions straight to the IE9 guys using a special hashtag tomrorow :)

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+Anarkii    2,252

What will make us change back from (Chrome, Firefox) to IE9 when it is released?

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Argote    73

Sure, the new technologies may make it render things fast, but will it be as responsive as, say, Opera or Chrome?

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Ranta    0

Will IE9 have the option to "Open new tabs next to the current tab" like IE7 does?

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Osiris    822

I actually came in here to post a joke question but after reading the comments im actually looking forward to the interview some really good questions in here hope we can get some good answers from the team to answer them.

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Yert    0

While rending speed and add-ons are great things for a browser to have, the latest version of the four or five competing browsers are responsive enough and standards compliant enough that the main issue for me is being able to customize the browser.

How customizable will the UI be? Will you have to hack the registry to change the UI like in previous versions of IE or will it be as customizable if not more then the competition?

Will middle clicking elements of the UI, like the forward or back button open a new tab with the expected content? (Firefox has this behavior.)

Will IE9 support custom skins like Chrome or Firefox?

Where can we suggest UI, behavioral features, and add-on improvements (and not just the trite "follow standards" suggestion that you already know to implement) for the next version of IE (even if it isn't for IE9)?

And last but not least: Will IE ever get a native spell checker? Microsoft certainly knows how to implement one...

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The_Decryptor    1,105

What's their stance on implementing CSS properties with prefixes vs. no prefixes? It doesn't currently seem to be consistent.

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Will IE9 be available for Windows XP ?

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MS have already said no, XP is too old.

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Quattrone    19

Does IE9 will pass 100% the acid 3 test?

What will be the hardware requirement to run successful IE9 with hardware acceleration?

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kInG aLeXo    13

Will they still use the same old method of storing the auto-complete passwords, which already there are many current (mostly free) tools which can decrypt and show them ? or they came up with new method of storing the passwords which "can't" be cracked, or at least having master password on them (like Chrome and Firefox) , so they be less vulnerable to such attacks ?

And what about isolating crashing plug ins ? will they have something which handles that the way Safari and Firefox does so the whole browser don't crash when single plug in does?

And will they have themes for the interface which users can make and modify etc ?

And, like firefox does, will IE check every time it starts if there are any plugins reported to have security problems and automatically disables them ?

Embedding IE inside other apps will remain the same ? or there will be changes needed for programs which need to embed IE (like the registry changes which were needed with IE7 ) ?

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LightShadow    39

Will we ever see Themes and/or extensions (Since it's what's making IE the most out-of-date browser?

What's the new UI going to be like?

Any other big changes apart from this speed improvement and all that?

Average time of release of beta and Final?

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Phenom II    104

What's their stance on implementing CSS properties with prefixes vs. no prefixes? It doesn't currently seem to be consistent.

MS have already said no, XP is too old.

No doubt someone will find a way

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.Markus    194

As mentioned above by TDG; is there a market place or 'app store' planned for IE9 with user generated extensions and widgets made available?

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The_Decryptor    1,105

No doubt someone will find a way

If MS leave in the GDI rendering code (doubtful), then there's a chance.

If they remove it entirely and only use Direct2D then the only way will be to upgrade to Vista or 7.

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Mathachew    149

I haven't looked at what everyone has posted yet, but I certainly want to know if they plan to update IE9 when the HTML5 spec is finalized as opposed to introducing yet another version of IE to further complicate the browser market. It's really unnecessary when it could have been updated like 5 was to 5.5.

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nycmattw    3

Would there be a big change in the UI of IE9?

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zhangm    1,335

Why does the current IE UI incorporate a beveled border around the web content as well as unclickable padding to the right of the scrollbar (unlike other reasonably well-designed programs), and can we expect this poor design to persist into IE9?

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