Early Peek at IE9 Focuses on Compatibility

Microsoft is ratcheting up the effort behind Internet Explorer 9. Though it’s not even in beta testing yet, the upcoming browser is already available for an early look in a version dubbed Platform Preview 2. Key to the new release is expanded Acid 3 compatibility — a high score on which is a way to win important credibility among Web designers and developers, since it signals some measure of compatibility for what’s come to be seen as an informal standards test.

IE9 is a critical launch for Microsoft, which has been steadily losing ground to a growing number of competitors — chiefly to Mozilla Firefox, but increasingly new entrants like Google Chrome. Datamation has the story.

Microsoft said it is shipping the latest developer preview of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) a little ahead of schedule.

Not even in beta test yet but already surrounded by controversy over Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) decision last week to only support the H.264 video codec, IE9 is intended to renew the browser’s sagging fortunes.

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Microsoft: Latest IE9 Preview More Compatible

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