An early screenshot of Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 has been spotted in a Russian website. This Russian site then pulled out the said information and photo, but Mary Jane Foley of ZDnet had managed to grab the information before it was lost, forever.
The Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) is the upcoming version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser and apparently it is scheduled to be released this coming September 15. Microsoft first announced IE9 at the Professional Developers Conference 2009 where it gave information on how the IE9 will take advantage of the hardware acceleration in DirectX in order to come up with an improved performance when it comes to web applications as well as improve the quality of web typography.
According to Microsoft Russia site, the IE9 comes with a new and simplified navigation bar that will provide for more room for the website itself. The IE9 will also feature fewer controls. There is a back button and a combined URL search box located on the top thus, enabling its users to see only what they need to navigate.
In addition to this, the IE9 will also have provisions for recognized or protected sites that will enable its users to go straight to these websites without the need of opening the IE 9 browser first. In short, these recognized and protected sites will be treated to be more of a traditional Windows application.
The Russian website also talked about “tear-off tabs” that will give way to the Window’s Aero Snap feature that will enable its users to look at two pages more easily. Firefox and Safari browser both have this feature thus; allowing its user to select tabbed items and turns them into two separate windows.
The IE9 will work on Vista and Windows 7, but unfortunately the IE9 is not for Windows XP. The IE9 is also believed to be more compliant with the emerging HTML5, CSS3 and SVG2 standards. The IE9 also introduced a new JScript engine called Chakra which compiles code to native code.
It seems that Microsoft is really serious in staying to be the world’s most popular browser. Although it has experienced a setback since 2004, that didn’t stop the tech company from pushing this project thru.
Microsoft is expected to formally launch the beta version of the completely overhauled Internet Explorer 9 in an event to be held in San Francisco on September 15. But if you are interested in checking out the new web platform capabilities of the Internet Explorer 9, you may try downloading the Internet Explorer Platform Preview and see it for yourself.
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