New IE9 Preview Release Includes Improved HTML5 Support

Pulkit Chandna

The latest preview build of Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. The third Platform Preview of IE9, which was unveiled at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday, offers some more flavors from the HTML5 platter, including support for the <AUDIO>, <VIDEO> and <CANVAS> tags. The preview build is designed to flaunt IE9's ability to tap into the underlying hardware, something that can provide a major performance boost to in-browser apps and HTML5 video.

Being a developer preview, it is aimed at web developers and designers and not suited for ordinary use . It only supports Windows 7 or Windows Vista SP2, with special updates required on both the operating systems to facilitate its installation.

“The Internet Explorer Platform Preview allows developers to test the new Internet Explorer 9 web development and design capabilities including our new JavaScript engine – codename Chakra – as well as our support for standards like HTML5, CSS3, SVG 1.1 and DOM,” Microsoft's James Pratt wrote on the Exploring IE blog. You can better sample these new features on IETestDrive.com, which houses a wide variety of demos.

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