While Firefox and Chrome continue to gain market share over IE, Microsoft is getting closer to releasing their latest browser Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). Although they are still a good distance off from their first beta, the test drive preview gives us a good idea of just how fast we can expect IE9 to be.
Honestly it’s a surprise that Microsoft hasn’t renamed the browser to something more original like Bing for instance. Regardless IE9 is on it’s way. My first concern was the slower performance speed experienced using Google and Bing maps, but this puppy is fast. I was able to zoom in on the famous Seattle Space Needle in 2 seconds flat using the IE9 test drive and Bing maps preview.
Microsoft knows they still have a long way to go, as their stance on release is:
When will the first beta of IE9 ship?
- We will release beta of Internet Explorer 9 when feedback from the Platform Preview releases indicates we have a high-quality Web platform that can be used for everyday browsing of the Web.
Their primary focus for the time being is developer feedback. After the huge mistakes made with IE8 Microsoft is paying attention to to exactly what developers want this time around, hopefully this will mean an end to using Compatibility Mode (and the much needed death of IE6???).
Check out the IE9 Platform Preview at http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/. After playing around with it be sure to post your comments/thoughts/feedback here!