Microsoft Opens IE9 in Beta

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 is ready for its close-up. The software giant released the public beta version of the popular browser this week at a gala event in San Francisco, showing off a host of improvements to the user interface.

Among the upgrades are a new JavaScript engine and a streamlined design meant to accentuate the content of the websites while the browser fades into the background. Additionally, Microsoft is taking steps to prevent plug-ins from crashing the browser.

Datamation takes a look at the launch of IE9, which Microsoft is betting will help it regain some lost share in the browser market.

Microsoft today launched the public beta test of its latest bid to retake the initiative in the browser wars, highlighting its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) at a gala in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The event marked IE9’s official release to prospective testers by Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) corporate vice president of IE, who spent much of his half hour onstage at the event showing off the new browser’s user interface redesign.

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Microsoft Debuts Beta of Internet Explorer 9

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