Microsoft Shoves IE9 Beta Online, Now Available for Download

Paul Lilly

After months of anticipation, you can finally take Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 Beta out for a test drive. We're not talking about that lame Preview release Microsoft dropped on the public earlier this year, the one that didn't even come with an address bar. This is the real deal, full public beta that Microsoft has been hyping as the greatest browser of all time.

"With a simple user interface that masks new technical muscle and all-around fast performance, the new browser is designed to take a backseat and bring forward the full beauty of the websites and applications people care about," says Dean Hachamovitch , Microsoft's corporate vice president for Internet Explorer.

We'll have a more in-depth look later, but from what little time we've spent with it so far, it's pretty evident Microsoft was shooting for a more streamlined interface. The comparisons to Chrome will be inevitable, as Microsoft has gone with a set of icons in the upper right corner (Home, Favorites, and Tools).

The biggest change to IE9 takes place under the hood. Microsoft's latest and greatest shifts the rendering of graphics and text from the CPU to the GPU, plus there's a new JavaScript engine.

You can read more about what's new and download a copy here .

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