Yesterday, Microsoft showcased the enhancements of their Internet Explorer 9 to the media. The beta version has already been made available to the public since last week so there’s already a lot of people who tried out the a fast, clean, trusted and interoperable online experience of IE9.
So what are the highlights of this new browser from Microsoft?
Web designers know how slow or how stubborn IE is when adapting to standards. They seem to want to use their own Web standards rendering designs differently. With the IE9 however, it will have support for industry standards including built-inextensive support for HTML5, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), CSS3 and other modern Web standards.
This commitment delivers a new set of capabilities, meaning developers can write one set of markup and know that it will work and look the same in all modern browsers.
The new version of Internet Explorer takes advantage of the power of modern PC hardware to improve all-around Web browsing performance. This comprehensive approach to performance includes the introduction of a new scripting engine Chakra that uses common multicore central processing units (CPUs) in PCs to deliver significant performance gains.
Internet Explorer 9 is also the first browser with full hardware acceleration of HTML5, harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), reallocating much of the graphic processing to the GPU instead of the CPU.By using the GPU, Internet Explorer 9 unlocks the 90 percent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by Web browsers.
Safer and better experience
Although not really tested on how safe it is to browse with the new IE9, Microsoft has taken steps to have the most trusted browser by integrating a robust set of built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies that keep customers safer online.
- Download Manager with SmartScreen Filter integration. Internet Explorer 9 provides the first Download Manager with integrated SmartScreen malware protection and introduces SmartScreen download reputation. SmartScreen download reputation is a groundbreaking browser feature that uses reputation data to remove unnecessary warnings for well-known files, and show more severe warnings when the download has a higher risk of being malicious.
- Add-on Performance Advisor. Add-on Performance Advisor notifies users when add-ons are slowing down their browsing session giving them an opportunity to make an informed decision to use the add-ons that they find valuable and disable those that may be less useful or are affecting performance.
- Reliability features. Tab isolation, automatic crash recovery and the new hang recovery feature in Internet Explorer 9 all help ensure users’ information isn’t lost and keep them browsing when a website isn’t working correctly.
“œThere have been many significant changes in the way a user experiences the Web and Internet Explorer 9 was built to optimize this and bring about a compelling experience that takes advantage of the power of the PC through Windows,” said Mae Moreno, Windows Client Product Manager, Microsoft Philippines. “œWith Internet Explorer 9, users can now gain control of a fast, clean, and graphically-enriched Web browsing, without having to worry about online and security threats.”
Although not a lot of sites yet have fully taken advantage of IE9’s capabilities, popular ones include:
- The top four social networking sites: Facebook, MySpace, LinkedInand Netlog
- Twitter, the largest real-time information-sharing service
- The No. 1 sites for retail (Amazon.com), auction (eBay) and entertainment information (IMDB)
- The leading European entertainment network (RTL) and the top brand and portal in China (Sohu)
- Leading sites in news (CNN, USA Today), search (Bing), travel (Orbitz), movies (Flixster), multimedia (Hulu), music (Gorillaz) and photos (Photobucket)
Visit them with your IE9 and enable a new class of experience on the Web. Microsoft is helping the Web go native and unlocking the Beauty of the Web. More information can be found at http://www.BeautyoftheWeb.com including the download link.