Now that the Internet Explorer 9 Beta is out, Redmond is sharing a few more details about the final product. One juicy tidbit they've dropped is that users of Windows XP are boned if they expected to be able to update to the latest and greatest Microsoft browser. According to Microsoft's Ryan Gavin, the company won't be adding IE9's GPU acceleration to IE8, and IE9 won't be available on XP.
During this Windows XP hate-fest, Microsoft reps also took the opportunity to talk up Windows 7. So the picture is clear, If you're still on Windows XP, Microsoft is looking to leave you in the dust bit by bit. About 53% of global PCs are still on Windows XP, many of them in corporate settings. Much of the IE9 hardware acceleration is tied into DirectX 10, which is only officially available on Windows Vista and 7.
By making this move, Microsoft is basically ceding a portion of the market to Firefox and Chrome. If users want advanced web features, that's where they have to go. It's not clear if development of any sort will continue on IE8. Still, using language like this just invites clever users to make IE9 run on whatever they want.
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).
You can read more about what's new and download a copy here.
The Russian press site of software giant Microsoft may have gotten a little overzealous today and posted a screen shot showing off the new UI for Internet Explorer 9. The preview builds have this far shown no evolution of the interface, but everyone was expecting some big changes come the beta. Immediately after the image was posted, it was pulled back down, but ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley managed to grab the image first.
What we're looking at here is a vastly different look for Microsoft's browser. Frankly, that's a good start as IE8 was starting to look ancient compared to other browsers. The window is much more minimalist. Toward the left there are back and forward buttons, then immediately to the right is a unified Search/URL bar. As we continue across the top of the window, we come upon the tab area, which is on the same level as the URL bar. We can assume this area will dynamically shrink the Search/URL bar as more tabs are open. It could get cluttered, but will offer more space for the web page.
There really isn't much more to the interface. The Home, Favorites, and Menu icons are over on the right, much like Chrome. The top of the window has the Windows Aero glass effect going on, also like Chrome. The Russian site also mentions "tear off tabs" which will be an extension of Aero Snap for viewing tabs in a split screen view. We're very interested to see how this browser looks when the bets is finally released. Sources have previously stated that should happen in September. What are your thoughts about the new Internet Explorer UI?
The day is almost at hand folks, Microsoft has just made it known that the first beta for the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 will be available on September 15. There will be a lunch event on that day where developers will show off "the beauty of the web." Well, eye-rolling tag lines aside, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can manage to put out a solid browser after previously faltering.
Internet Explorer 9 has been made available as a developer preview since March. In the intervening months, the browser has sped up, and become more standards compliant. Microsoft is building in support for the HTML5 web standard as well. The UI of the preview builds has not been that of the final build. We're hoping for Microsoft to really knock our socks off with a new and innovative design. We should find out on September 15. What would it take for you to get back on Microsoft's browser?
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.
If you’re still running XP after all these years, odds are you’ve settled in nicely and don’t plan to leave until you have no choice. Well, that might be happening sooner than you expected. Microsoft announced today that they were working on Internet Explorer 9, and that it would not support Windows XP. This could be a sign that Redmond is putting XP development permanently on the back burner.
The new browser will be heavily dependent on hardware acceleration that just isn’t possible on Windows XP. IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch even went so far as to day that a “modern browser” would require “modern operating system”. Those in the know were fully aware this might happen, as Microsoft announced the need for hardware acceleration at last year’s PDC. In the end, when IE9 hits next year, XP will be ten years old. It might be time to give Windows 7 a shot. Take it as a sign.
Microsoft uses the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) as a platform to showcase new technology and make some key announcements. This year is no different. Today, Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie tried to woo those attending his opening keynote speech at the ongoing PDC09 with the promise of making Internet Explorer 9 the "best Internet browser without compromise.”
Microsoft VP Steven Sinofsky is expected to shed more light on the company’s plans vis-à-vis IE9 when he delivers tomorrow’s keynote speech. According to Cnet, Microsoft will not be previewing IE9 at PDC. It also ruled out the possibility of Microsoft switching its browser to the WebKit engine.