Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 2, outlining improvements made to Internet Explorer 9's performance, support for standards and and hardware acceleration of HTML5.
This is the second preview of the upcoming IE9, after a first release
seven weeks ago at the MIX Conference. These Platform Previews for Internet Explorer 9 are designed for web designers in mind and they are not betas. There is intentionally no UI - not even a back button or an address bar - and they're designed to be able to run side by side with your regular browser. The second Platform Preview of IE9 is available now at www.IETestDrive.com
Microsoft latest relese builds on the first Platform Preview, delivering improvements to IE9's performance, support for standards, and hardware acceleration of HTML5. Microsoft has also updated the test drive site with a new set of developer samples to show what developers can do with GPU-powered HTML5. Microsoft has contributed many new tests to the W3C for HTML5, as well as CSS3 Media Queries and DOM. The Developer Tools in this preview include some new features to make finding and fixing markup issues easier.
in IE9 and in other browsers. These samples show just some of the advantages of GPU-Powered HTML5, and applying the power of your PC's hardware to making web browsing faster. What's particularly important is that developers don't have to rewrite their sites - their current markup (HTML, CSS, and script) just runs faster.
One of the new demos Microsoft is offering is called Flickr Explorer. It highlights how the Flickr APIs and their technology in combination with the platform improvements in Internet Explorer 9 can create a cool web experience.
Another good demo to check out is Browser Flip. Move your mouse over the hexagons and different browser logos will appear.
Both these demos showcase the frames per second (FPS) and time. You can run them in other browsers to see how they stack up. It's very interesting to see the comparisons.
Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview has also several other new demos including Scrolling Text, CSS3 Media Queries, and SVG Tweet Cloud. They can be accessed at www.IETestDrive.com
Microsoft plans to rhythm of IE9 Platform Preview updates approximately every eight weeks.