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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3

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Get the newer, faster IE9 preview build.

Right now, Internet Explorer lags behind the likes of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera in terms of features and speed. But that's just version 8. With IE9, Microsoft is working to make it the best browser available.

If you want to catch a glimpse at what Microsoft is doing for Internet Explorer 9, then you may want to try out the third platform preview of the upcoming browser.

Officially, the Internet Explorer Platform Preview is for developers who want to test the new Internet Explorer 9 web development and design capabilities, including the new JavaScript engine – codename Chakra – as well as support for standards like HTML5, CSS3, SVG 1.1 and DOM. It's not meant to be a mission critical browser application, but enthusiasts looking to test out something faster than what they're running now have the option to do so.

Early tests show that IE9 is indeed quite fast, even when compared up against the developer builds of Chrome 6 and Firefox 3.7. When it came down to it with HTML5 hardware acceleration, however, IE9 blew past Chrome 6 but Firefox 3.7 actually performed better. Check out Download Squad's test video for more.

The browser wars still continue, even in the unreleased format. The good news for all of us that we can use more than one browser at a time on our machines and this sort of competition will only help to improve our internet experiences.

If you're the adventurous type, download the preview. Be sure to check out the further reading from Microsoft below.

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    fwaits , June 24, 2010 11:50 PM
    Chakra is a real word long before naruto or any other anime. It's roots are from India I believe related to energy centers in the body. Look it up.
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    Trialsking , June 25, 2010 12:05 AM
    zoemayneDid they steal the codename Chakra from Naruto Shippuden or is it me?


    fwaitsChakra is a real word long before naruto or any other anime. It's roots are from India I believe related to energy centers in the body. Look it up.


    Yes there was a world before teenagers and their ilk existed.......
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    bison88 , June 24, 2010 11:44 PM
    Now if only Microsoft can be like its other browser competitors and release an updated browser on a somewhat more regular basis and not every 3 years when they release their Operating Systems.
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    curnel_D , June 24, 2010 11:46 PM
    If they still haven't included the damn URL bar in it, I'm not going to bother.

    When they put in something simlar to speed dial like opera, I'll start using IE exclusively again.

    The only thing I open it up for now is to test css layout for browser compatability.
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    fwaits , June 24, 2010 11:50 PM
    Chakra is a real word long before naruto or any other anime. It's roots are from India I believe related to energy centers in the body. Look it up.
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    Trialsking , June 25, 2010 12:05 AM
    zoemayneDid they steal the codename Chakra from Naruto Shippuden or is it me?


    fwaitsChakra is a real word long before naruto or any other anime. It's roots are from India I believe related to energy centers in the body. Look it up.


    Yes there was a world before teenagers and their ilk existed.......
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    razercultmember1 , June 25, 2010 1:10 AM
    Dont even try anymore Internet Explorer...Chrome FTW :) 
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    ares1214 , June 25, 2010 1:51 AM
    Nah, Opera FTW, massively customizable, fastest (debateable, but it pretty much is) best looking, imo, has a search bar, and has speed dial.
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    Ragnar-Kon , June 25, 2010 2:34 AM
    Well... haven't used Internet Explorer for a LONG time, just because it has been inferior. But if they're going to make it better, well I might start using it a little again. Its gonna be hard to get me away from my omni bar though...

    ares1214Nah, Opera FTW, massively customizable, fastest (debateable, but it pretty much is) best looking, imo, has a search bar, and has speed dial.

    Not to burst your bubble but:
    >Massively customizable: Firefox, Chrome
    >Fastest: Opera = second fastest http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firefox-chrome-opera,2558-10.html
    >Search Bar: IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari
    >Speed Dial: Chrome, Safari
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    kelemvor4 , June 25, 2010 3:06 AM
    Supports ICC profiles. If adblock+ would write an ie9 plugin I'd use IE for the first time in my life (other than to download firefox).
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    eddieroolz , June 25, 2010 3:32 AM
    IE9 is looking really good so far. For a hardcore IE8 user such as me, this is excellent news!
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    naterandrews , June 25, 2010 3:51 AM
    IE9 is going to attract hardcore IE users and those that aren't aware of other options. Chrome and Firefox users, like myself are probably going to be unlikely to switch back to IE.

    It's great to see IE showing speed gains, but I'll stick with Chrome. Not because it's "faster than browser X", but out of principle and because I like the interface. Microsoft is scrambling to slow their share loss- finally.. but I think time will show that it's all too little too late. And besides, Google is actually dedicated to pushing their browser so you use it more and love the experience, not because they can see more server and development software like Microsoft.
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    tsnorquist , June 25, 2010 3:55 AM
    I primarily use FireFox and Chrome. However, I can't wrap my head around chrome's bookmark manager. It's just not friendly at all to use like FireFox's.

    With that being said, on an Asus 1201n Netbook, Chrome is considerably quicker with Java than FF.
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    curnel_D , June 25, 2010 5:17 AM
    Ragnar-KonNot to burst your bubble but:>Massively customizable: Firefox, Chrome>Fastest: Opera = second fastest http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] 58-10.html>Search Bar: IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari>Speed Dial: Chrome, Safari

    Not to burst your bubble, but you just proved his point even further.
    Only Opera fits in all of the lists you just mentioned, and milliseconds difference as far as speed goes is certainly still debatable.
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    jdragyn , June 25, 2010 7:30 AM
    Wow, pricing aside, I'm gonna go buy a new Dodge Viper because it'll get up to 35 miles per hour faster than my Honda Civic when I'm going to the grocery store. It saves me a whole 4 seconds!

    Oh, wait, except it breaks down every 15 miles, and people want to break in to steal my stereo (or the car itself)...

    I'm sorry, we were talking about web browsers, weren't we? Yeah, IE9 saves me 4ms on all 30 webpages I load during the day? IE9 FTW!
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    vant , June 25, 2010 8:19 AM
    I'd use it if MS worked on Acid3 standards.
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    JOSHSKORN , June 25, 2010 9:14 AM
    I gave up on Internet Explorer the day my computer met Firefox. I gave up on Firefox the day I installed Windows 7. Now it's Chrome for me. I'm not going back. Google now has my soul. Eventually I'll just get Chrome OS. Buh-bye Microsoft!
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    dEAne , June 25, 2010 10:00 AM
    When can microsoft compete with the other browsers.
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    annymmo , June 25, 2010 11:02 AM
    SVG 1.1?
    Djeez, can't they do anything up to date?
    For a not outdated browser, at least some basic svg1.2 is a must.
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