If you want to see how your website will look in Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 mobile browser, then you can now do so with a new Mobile Test Drive site. Microsoft has just launched the tool so that developers can make sure their sites mesh with the new browser that's set to launch with the upcoming Windows Phone 7.1 Mango update.
StatCoutner has offered up the stats on what the market share of Firefox 4 was like and compared the numbers for the launch of IE9. Firefox 4 went up for download on the 22 of March. StatCounter reports that Firefox 4 had grabbed 1.95% of the browser market in only a day on the market.
Ryan Gavin and Dean Hachamovitch, Marketing Guy and Engineer, respectively, for Internet Explorer, have announced that the final build and release of Internet Explorer 9 will indeed be at the party they're throwing at South by Southwest in Texas on March 14th, 2011. They've decided to first announce this to their very favorite community at Channel9, a bunch of developers who are in love with the internet platform, and they've spoken here in a video at length what the browser will be able to do.
At next month's Tech.Ed India 2011 from March 23rd-25th, Microsoft’s general manager of Windows Live and Internet Explorer, Brian Hall, will be giving a keynote speech on the 24th. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could have its formal introduction there as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated in February that IE9 is expected within the next month and that “it will be the best browser…that you’ve ever used” and a “great piece of work.”
Microsoft just announced at the MWC today what lies ahead for Windows Phone 7. Several new features are scheduled for an update due out in the first two weeks of March while several other major features should be updated by the second half of this year.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 is looking promising and today they just unleashed the RC (release candidate) version for all to download. This RC build is considered feature complete meaning that it pretty much resembles the final release except for some additional bug fixes. This release includes a customizable Tracking Protection feature, a more streamlined interface, and overall improved performance.
Microsoft has released an H.264 video plug-in for Google Chrome on Windows today, following the debut of a similar plug-in for Firefox back in last year. Meanwhile, the company has also confirmed that Internet Explorer 9 will support H.264; WebM video playback, as Google announced it would be switching to in Chrome and dropping H.264 in the process, will be supported in IE9 via third-party plug-ins.
Internet Explorer 9 has been praised for its malware-blocking abilities, with researchers NSS Labs finding [pdf link] the Microsoft browser was more than five times more likely to protect surfers from socially-engineered malware than Firefox 3.6. Looking solely at "a web page link that directly leads to a download that delivers a malicious payload whose content type would lead to execution, or more generally a website known to host malware links" - i.e. fake downloads as often seen on Facebook or Twitter - the research found IE9 capable of blocking 99-percent of the threats encountered.
Microsoft will debut anti-tracking technology as part of Internet Explorer 9, which will use "Tracking Protection Lists" (TPL) to better allow surfers control over which sites can see where they've been browsing previously. According to the company's IE blog, the system will be similar to a "do not call" register for phones, with users creating lists of trusted or untrusted sites in their TPLs that set out which sites can access cookies, images, HTML and other code.
Unusual testing results have led to speculation that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 engineers are building the browser to return unusually high benchmark results, unwarranted by overall performance. Mozilla coder Rob Sayre noticed that IE9 consistently managed a score at least 10x faster than every other browser on SunSpider's math-cordic test; he tweaked a few variations into the test (which should all have roughly the same results), and found that the performance boon only applied in the default SunSpider benchmarking.