IE9 Beta is now available

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Today Microsoft released a beta version of Internet Explorer 9. Included in the new features are an overhaul of the UI and GPU-enhanced rendering.

http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx

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http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/inte ... explorer-9
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IE9 is not available for Windows XP, just in case you were wondering.
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That is wonderful, but now i still use the IE7.
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grinch2171 wrote:
IE9 is not available for Windows XP, just in case you were wondering.

Yeah... curse Microsoft :lol: I'm deprived of using MSIE9 right now.
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It actually looks good, the only IE that im marginly excited for.
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Who cares, Microsoft is since the internet with everything to late. The same with the browser they beside that they just copied Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In my opinion Google Chrome is the best browser at the moment. It is light, fast, supports everything and has some nice developer tools -- the only bad thing is that it is another good product of Google.
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well, i dont think so, ie9 is the first to launch gpu support for graphics inside the browser, i know firefox has it also, but it haven't launched that feature and IE9 has. Also flash launched a beta release of it for IE9, that uses GPU acceleration for faster and better flash graphics. I dont like google chrome, but i don't deny it's fast, but ie9 is faster. HAve anyone tried ie9 benchmarkings, called test drive in other browsers? i have and opera is better than firefox but not better than ie9. Firefox is very slow in graphics, opera is average, and ie9 is really fast. If you wanna test your other broswers, here is the site: ie. microsoft. com/testdrive/

Try all performance tests in your browsers, and you will see ie9 perform better than them.
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I had a jaw-dropping moment when I ran the "fishtank" demo in IE9 compared to Chrome:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Perfo ... fault.html

I'm still not sold on the IE9 UI thought. It's definitely an improvement from IE8, but I still like Chrome's look and feel more.

I also am annoyed at IE9's plugin system. I shouldn't have to install plugins as individual programs, and have to manage them though the Windows add/remove programs screen. That's just ridiculous, especially when you take into account the easy-of-use and fluidity of Chrome's plugin system.
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Yeah! I just have downloaded it from www.beautyoftheweb.com and i am impressed from Microsoft... They have done a nice job this time.
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hahaha, that's hillarious - using a browser benchmark test made by microsoft to see if microsofts rendering is better. Come on guys, think about what you're doing.

Maybe use a browser benchmarking test that isn't proprietary to any particular browser? Just saying.
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It really isn't a benchmark per se; it's just to show off the GPU-assisted rendering in IE9 compared to browsers without it. Of course it shouldn't be taken as an actual metric.
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ooooooh, okay I gotcha. Didn't realize.


Well, if anyone's interested, here's the results of chrome, FF, and IE8 on my computer.
http://clients.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/results.action?key=4Um5

I'd be interested to see how well IE9 faires on this benchmark against firefox or chrome. If anyone has IE9, feel free to indulge :)
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I ran it with IE9 and Chrome earlier today but didn't save the results; I'll run it again tomorrow and post. I do remember Chrome won by a lot, though.

Also it's pretty cool to watch :)
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lol, agreed. Especially the sorting test, crazy fast.

Looking forward to seeing the results.
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PC specs:
Intel Xenon, quad core, 2.8Ghz
12GB RAM
Windows 7 Enterprise, 64-bit

Chrome 6.0.472.63
IE 9.0.7930

Results:
http://clients.futuremark.com/peacekeep ... n?key=4UxY

One odd thing I noticed is that the little cartoon guys that appear during the DOM and string manipulation tests never appeared in IE9.
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I think it's interesting to see Chrome 6 do better than Chrome 7. I wonder what they changed in the code that caused such a difference. You would think they would be targeting efficiency and speed since that's their biggest selling point.
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There's a Chrome 7? If so, it must be beta, and you can't really compare beta to release products.
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I'm talking about the link you posted to your benchmark. KIt has both Chrome 6 and Chrome 7 on it.
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I'm used to using IE 7, but i will try IE 9, Thanks for your sharing!

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