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Microsoft has named the date for the first beta of its successor to Internet Explorer 8. You'll be able to download beta code for IE9 on September 15, the company said Thursday. Microsoft told The Reg that it's not releasing code to MSDN subscribers in advance, followed by everybody else. Microsoft is planning to formally open …

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I'm looking forward to IE9

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Gates Halo

Cycle repeats

IE is the world's most used, not popular, but used browser, so let's see what's in my crystal ball here...

September 16th - Hax0rz write naff little trojan/malware to break it.

September 17th - Every cack-handed little script kiddie and scumbag starts running malware on websites

September 20th - Media goes nuts proclaiming IE is still broken

September 21st - MS deny problem

September 22nd - MS annouce date for full release

November 1st - Full release out...vulnerability still present!

The cycle of life is complete and round the merry-go-round we all go again...

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Re: Cycle repeats

So don't use it.

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Unhappy

Who cares

It's a beta and not out for a month and the release not out until next year so who cares as it is too far behind and it doesn't run on linux.

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FAIL

But even in preview 4, it runs like crap.

Slower than even bloated old Firefix, which is rather impressive, as I didn't think anything could be as bloated and crappy as Firefix, but IE9 even with it's much touted hardware acceleration seems to have still managed it.

http://i37.tinypic.com/setv89.png

Of course Chrome and Opera are way off in the distance in the performance stakes as usual.

In typical Microsoft style, they are papering over the cracks of a crappy product with slick marketing and nice sounding words like "standard compliance" and "hardware acceleration",

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Well done..

on commenting on a product not even released.

Wonder if you'd like to try alpa versions of FF, Opera and Chrome? You may find them to be buugy, full of holes and incompatible. Thats the way it goes.

tard.

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Border radius yet?

And standards compliant by default, rather than the stupid tag solution that requires me to add a kick-me sticker to the head of every page?

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Before you added that tag, I'd have thought you'd read up on how it's used

..IE8 _IS_ most-standards-compliant* by default. You only _NEED_ the extra header to force IE7 rendering instead of most-standard-compliant

http://dorward.me.uk/www/ie8/

And yeah, border-radius works

*I can't call it "standards compliant" really :P

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Fraid knot

The meta tag is necessary to stop (L)users from setting their IE8 into IE7 mode (or idiot IT departments setting a policy). IE8 has two engines; the ok but nothing special IE8 engine, and the bug-ridden IE7 engine for "incompatibility" mode to render shite, broken websites the same as IE7.

Properly coded website *may* be incorrectly rendered by IE8 in IE7 mode so you *have* to use the meta tag to ensure your site works.

Will this poxy nightmare continue? I can hardly be arsed to bother downloading the beta as we all know it'll be the same old shit that Redmond always turns out.

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WebM

"IE9 will also run Google's open sourced WebM video codec plus the closed and proprietary H.264 from Microsoft, Apple, and others."

Woah there horsey, only if you install the WebM codec downloaded from Google.

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WTF?

And?

you have to install flash, shockwave, ogg vobis, divx, yahoo messenger, and oooh lots of other crap you may run in a browser.

Now what's the problem again?

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WebM support?

Could you clarify whether the WebM is going to baked in by default? Or if it is just the previously announced support for a user installed codec, which is far, far less interesting.

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ie9 beta

looking forward to trying ie9 although i wont be using the beta il wait till the final release is out.

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@DEAD4EVER

You can download the preview and run it with IE8. It isn't the full browser, just the engine.

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Acceleration

The difference in the JavaScript engines is negligible.. but if you go to their preview site and run some of the apps in there that will also run in compatible browsers, you will see the hardware acceleration makes IE a helluva lot faster than FF or Chrome.

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Performance/PsychedelicBrowsing/Default.html

On FF 3.5 I get 36 revs/min. On IE9 preview I get 1850 rev/min.

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IE and XP users?

I heard that IE9 won't run on XP box. If that's true we've got a problem:

BAD for XP users = BAD for MSFT.

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