Friday, October 1, 2010

Get ready for Internet Explorer 9

Just when I have yet to warm up to the current IE on Window 7 which was installed onto my PC three weeks ago, here comes Internet Explorer 9. To add salt to the wound, after I have installed Window 7, I found out that my HP LaserJet 1015 and my HP ScanJet 4370 are no longer compatible. Heck I have to cough up an addition RM800 to acquire a new printer and a scanner. I sincerely hope that there will be no more changes in future versions as I am sure, like other PC users, it is slowly burning a hole in our pockets.

Microsoft Malaysia has announced the beta availability of its new web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).

According to Microsoft, the new browser delivers a fast, clean, trusted, and interoperable online experience to the users.

The IE9 focuses on a comprehensive approach to performance which includes the introduction of a new scripting engine, Chakra, that uses common multicore central processing units (CPUs) in PCs to deliver significant performance gains.

IE9 is also the first browser with full hardware acceleration of HTML5. It harness the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), reallocating much of the graphic processing to the GPU instead of the CPU.

By using the GPU, IE9 unlocks 90 per cent of the PC's power that went previously untapped by Web browsers.

It has a robust set of built-in security such as SmartScreen Filets, In-Private Browsing, and Filtering, to keep customers safe online.

The new browser has built-in support for HTM5L, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), CSS3 and other modern Web standrds.

These new set of capabilities allow developers to write one set of markup and know that it will work and look the same in all modern browsers.

Some of the notable features of IE9 include pinned sites which allow users quick access to their most frequently visited websites from the windows taskbar; and tear-off tabs by simply dragging it out from the browser.

Notifications no longer appear as pop-up windows but at the bottom of the browser, and the search box is integrated with the address bar.

To experience some of the new sites using IE9 Beta and to download, visit

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