Up until now, test versions of IE 9 had no real interface, and were designed for performance and compatibility work.
Now there is a version you can actually look at and use. The just-released public beta of IE 9 is designed for added security, but also hopes to up the ante in terms of supporting standards. The new browser includes CSS 3 and HTML 5. HTML 5 is apparently rich enough that you can run video without plug-ins like Flash or Silverlight.
Microsoft is also hoping to tap in the unused power of today's graphical processing units to speed things up considerably.
Even Google had nice things to say about IE 9: "We're really welcoming the innovation and excited about more standards support [from Microsoft]," said Google exec Brian Rakowski.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/20/2010 at 1:18 PM