Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 9 Platform Test Drive [groovyDownload]

Groovy Microsoft News, Tips, Updates, Downloads, How-To, Tutorials, and Industry InfoWhile 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 its 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.


The new Javascript benchmarks are in from Sunspider, and things are looking good for Microsoft so far, and they plan to get better.

Recent Javascript Benchmark Comparison Chart


Even though this is still a very early preview, they have HTML5, hardware driven Javascript, CSS3, and Hypertext Markup Language nearly completely functional for basic functions.


Microsoft knows they still have a long way to go, like their stance on release says:

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 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 After playing around with it be sure to post your comments/thoughts/feedback here!



  1. tone6060

    March 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    IE9??? Nice. Can you have it installed with IE8 at the same time?

    • shockersh

      March 25, 2010 at 10:44 am

      I’m going to guess that if you install this, IE8 will go bye bye. I’ve not tested that but… I’ve never seen 2 versions of IE on the same box. Cant imagine Mickysoft will change that with IE9.

  2. grooveDexter

    May 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Microsoft just released an update, it’s the second version of the preview platform:
    More in the groovypost community forum:

  3. marvin nubwaxer

    January 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    ie 9 only works in windows 7

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