Microsoft is working hard on the next version of their browser, Internet Explorer 9, and plans to make this the browser the top dog on the block. Early IE9 preview tests have been looking very promising for the browser, finally moving to be fully HTML5 and CSS3 compliant.
The Internet Explorer team posted an update on IE9' progress, showing that it's fully W3C Web Standards compliant so far. Not only did the IE team post the results for IE9, but posted the test results for Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3, Opera 10.52, Apple Safari 4.05, and Google Chrome 4.1. The tests were all performed with browsers running on Windows, shipped in May 2010.
The W3C Web Standards tests included 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 all the 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. Internet Explorer 9 seems to be picking up its game, and will be a very tough competitor to all other browsers when it launches.
You can download the Internet Explorer 9 preview from here.
Thanks to Skwerl for the news tip!