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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3

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.

  • zoemayne
    Did they steal the codename Chakra from Naruto Shippuden or is it me?
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  • Puns
    This comment was in bad taste. I changed it.
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  • Verrin
    Chakra? Sorry, but I'm not really into pokemon.
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  • bison88
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Dont even try anymore Internet Explorer...Chrome FTW :)
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  • ares1214
    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
    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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