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IE9 browser goes beta

Microsoft announces beta version of Internet Explorer 9

IE9 browser goes beta
IE9 includes a reduced browser interface and new features for viewing multiple sites.

Microsoft has announced the beta launch of the latest version of its web browser. Windows Internet Explorer (IE9).

The new browser has been designed to give better performance, with a cleaner interface and greater interoperability with the Windows 7 operating system.

IE9 includes a new scripting engine, called Chakra, which harnesses multi-core CPU capabilities, along with full hardware acceleration, to use graphics processor power, which Microsoft opens up 90% of the PC’s power that previously wasn’t accessible to web browsers. It also has improved built in security and privacy tools, and better reliability.

The browser has also been redesigned for what Microsoft describes as a ‘site-centric’ design, with reduced browser controls, which are also semi-transparent, so that users can focus on the site rather than the controls. Users can also ‘pin’ their favourite sites, so they can be accessed directly from the Windows taskbar with having to first open the browser, and can create jump lists, to get to a common web site task without having to first launch the browser. It also includes tear off tabs and Windows Aero Snap to be able to quickly display two sites side-by-side.

“Internet Explorer 9 uses the power of Windows and the whole PC to bring you a better web,” said Wilson Xavier, Windows Business Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf. “With Windows and Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft lets customers re-imagine the role of the browser to deliver an experience that makes your web feel as native as your favourite PC applications.  The result is a more beautiful web experience. It creates the foundation for a wave of compelling, immersive, websites and applications that deliver an experience like what people expect from an application running on Windows. We are helping the web go native and unlocking the Beauty of the Web.”

 “With Internet Explorer 9’s platform, Microsoft creates opportunities for brands to engage customers in new ways and drive not only more site traffic but also more value in the online experience,” said Rami Saad, director of Emerging Technologies, Publicis Groupe Media. IE9 takes a big step forward in browser innovation for the way people use the web today. Today’s visual-heavy web demands measures such as hardware accelerated graphics; making Internet Explorer 9 the best version of Internet Explorer that Microsoft has released to date.”

The beta is available to download at www.BeautyoftheWeb.com.

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