Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)

SPEAKING at MIX10 in Vegas earlier this week, Microsoft's general manager for Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch unveiled the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview including expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and a new JavaScript engine.

“Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take standard Web patterns that developers use and run them better on modern PCs through Windows,” Hachamovitch said.

As part of its commitment to interoperability, Microsoft detailed its support for a number of HTML5 specifications, including CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and the video and audio tags using industry-standard (H.264/MPEG4 and MP3/AAC) codecs, among others.

With Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), Microsoft once again joins the league which is dominated by open source browsers, such as Firefox and Opera, and fights back in the so-called browser war.

To know what's cooking at Microsoft, check out the IE9 test drive page. In case you want to check out the new Web platform capabilities of Internet Explorer 9, you can download the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview from here.