Now, this isn't a full release of the new IE9 today, it's the company's "Platform Preview", but there are still a few downloads you can try out if you're developer-minded. The IEBlog has several links, and they're also promising to update the preview every eight weeks in the run up to the Release Client. In fact, they're being particularly honest about the current shortcomings of the latest build, which passes 55 out of 100 tests in benchmarking tool Acid3 (which tests for compliance with browser standards). You can find the new Platform Preview build here.
Microsoft Announces Hardware-Accelerated HTML5, Pushes Boundaries on Web and Cloud Development
Microsoft releases first platform preview for Windows Internet Explorer 9, highlights commitments to jQuery and OData.
Raising Developer Expectations With Hardware Acceleration, Increased Interoperability
“I am very happy with Microsoft’s commitment to the HTML Working Group and to HTML5,” said Philippe Le Hegaret, W3C, Domain Leader.
“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.
Starting at MIX10, developers also will be able to track Microsoft’s progress and provide direct feedback on the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview by evaluating new code refreshes approximately every eight weeks leading up to the beta release. Developers can download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview at http://www.IETestDrive.com.
“Internet Explorer 9 enabling GPU-accelerated HTML5 is a milestone for visual computing,” said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce and ION GPU business unit at NVIDIA Corp. “By harnessing the power of NVIDIA GPUs, Internet Explorer 9 removes the glass ceiling for Web developers, enabling them to build graphically rich, high-performing Web applications.”
Creating Compelling User Experiences, Powered by the Cloud
Today, developers can take advantage of more than 30 datasets from content providers, including NAVTEQ, Pitney Bowes Business Insight, Weather Central and Zillow.com, available on the “Dallas” information marketplace. Developers can access the OData SDK at http://www.odata.org and download “Dallas” CTP2 at http://www.Microsoft.com/Dallas.
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