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[Official] Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 To Launch On March 14!

 

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Before we start with our latest and breaking news, we would like to remind you all again that “Browsers war has heated up and ready to take battle ground“!

Well the most expected news from Microsoft is out today and it seems like they are not going to delay anymore like Mozilla!

With in less than week from now, Internet Explorer users will get an download link for the new beauty of the web Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft has confirmed today that it will release IE9 to web on March 14th, 2011, at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Ryan Gavin, a senior director of IE business and marketing said,

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Exactly twelve months from the first Platform Preview of IE9, on Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us.  We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.

Microsoft had never stopped giving us a surprises and here comes another one. And MS still keeps an copyright for surprises by telling “there are lot of new amazing to share”.

What is that now?

IE9 has already been downloaded in excess of 36 million times according to Microsoft. And started acquiring bit of market share already!

Well lot more to come. Hope we could see strong HTML5 compatible browser from Microsoft. Google Chrome 10 is already running on high note by scoring 306 out of 400 points in HTML5 test. Firefox, Opera and Safari are fighting hardly for second place!

Keep watching this space for download link and more and more updates!

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Microsoft’s HTML5 Add-on To Support H.264 On Chrome & Firefox!

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If you all remember, Google Chrome will drop support for H.264 in the coming months and will only support WebM (VP8) and Theora codecs.

The reason is being getting into rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles.

Well Google has started pushing its browser more towards HTML5 standards. Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera are the other two browsers which are encouraging developers to use WebM codecs.

The only important website that uses WebM is YouTube, Google’s video sharing service. Internet Explorer, Safari and iOS devices are still yet to think about supporting WebM.

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Upon all this stories, Microsoft started releasing few add-ons for Chrome and Firefox which keeps them in touch with H.264 video format. Microsoft has started interoperability work related to modern web standards which are no way limited to Internet Explorer 9.

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According to Microsoft,

The HTML5 Extension for Windows Media Player Firefox Plug-in is an add-on that enables Firefox users to play H.264-encoded videos on HTML5 pages by using the built-in capabilities found in Windows 7.

The Extension is based on a Firefox Add-on that parses HTML5 pages and replaces Video tags with a call to the Windows Media Player plug-in so that the content can be played in the browser.

This Add-on replaces video tags only if the video formats specified in the tag are among those supported by Windows Media Player. Tags that contain other video formats are not touched.

Tech Link: Download this add-on.

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Similar to Firefox add-on, this extension for chrome enables its users to play H.264-encoded videos (aka MP4) on HTML5 pages by using the built-in capabilities found in Windows 7.

Tech Link: Download this extension.

Well both the extensions checks if the browsers already supports MP4 (H.264) video codec, if so the extension will not be effective.

It’s very clear that H.264 provides a high-quality videos and is widely-used video format that serves the Web very well today. But browser providers like Google, Mozilla are stopped supporting it as they have to pay more royalties!

Microsoft has worked closely with Google to help them deliver a WebM implementation on Windows.

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9 Expected Features of Internet Explorer 9

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Microsoft is getting ready to release the first beta version of Internet Explorer 9. September 15, 2010 will be the day where we may see some ultimate changes in web browser war. Or even Internet Explorer may again fail as well. Well the final review is still awaiting.

Development of IE9 began shortly after IE8 had been released. Microsoft began taking features suggestions through Microsoft Connect soon after IE8 was released. On March 16, 2010 Microsoft released first platform preview version of IE9.

Till now Microsoft has released 4 platform previews to help developers and users have a look at the upcoming features in IE9. But recently we saw Google Chrome has update lot many features and saw rapid growth in its market share. Firefox 4 beta 5 tried its best to impress users but found guilty for copying Chrome like features.

Keeping all these things in mind, we started noting down the top 9 ultimate features which can impress its users.

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Internet explorer previous versions used to occupy more window area for its menu, bookmarks and many other things. The browsing window was very small and users had to scroll up and down every time. We expect IE9  comes with a clean browser like Chrome (Firefox has already achieved).

If you start noting how many menu elements Internet explorer is having, it may cross some 25+. IE always proved to be very complicated browser with many unwanted features embedded in it. Hope IE9 comes with reduced and easy to use menu.

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In Google Chrome 6, we saw many shortcuts on the browser screen. Adding important shortcuts for history, bookmarks and etc may attract users as Google Chrome 6 did.

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Recently we found that Google Chrome scored top on HTML 5 test and IE 9 showed very poor performance. In PP4, many of the HTML 5 elements are missing which chrome and Firefox have included. Hope IE9 will support all HTML 5 elements and will be web developer friendly browser.

Hardware (GPU) acceleration appears to be activated by default now in Firefox 4 Beta 5. Google confirmed that Chrome 7 majorly about GPU Acceleration update. If Microsoft integrates GPU Acceleration by default in IE9, we can see high graphical performance and subtle speed increase in graphics-heavy websites. Better GPU Acceleration can steal lot more users towards IE9.

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Developers were having very tough time while developing a website which can perform well in all the versions of Internet Explorer. But lines of code used to grow high and high while previewing the website on all versions after IE6. With the support of CSS3 and older CSS, hope IE9 reduces the work of web developers.

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The main advantage for Google Chromium project and Mozilla’s Firefox is, both are open source project. Using this open source code, software programmers can help Chromium / Firefox team in noting down the bugs and helping in developing best browser.

Many browsers like Hidden Reflex’s Epic Browser used Mozilla source code and Flock is using Chromium 7 code. Feedback from these browsers are helping Google and Mozilla to have error-less browser.

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  • The first IE9 Platform Preview featured support for CSS3 and SVG, a new JScript engine called Chakra, and a scored 55/100 on the Acid3 test, up from 20/100 for IE8.
  • On May 5, 2010, the second IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 68/100 on the Acid3 test and faster performance on the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than the first IE9 Platform Preview.
  • On June 23, 2010, the third IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 83/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the second IE9 Platform Preview. The third IE9 Platform Preview also includes support for HTML5 audio, video, and canvas tags, and WOFF.
  • On August 4, 2010, the fourth IE9 Platform Preview was released, which features a score of 95/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the third IE9 Platform Preview.

Acid3 is a test page from the Web Standards Project that checks how well a web browser follows certain selected elements from web standards, especially relating to the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript. Currently Firefox is scoring 97/100 in acid3 test and Chrome 6 is already on 100/100!!

Hope IE9 achieves 100/100 to say its a perfect browser for upcoming changes in browsing world!

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Last by not least! All Windows XP users are waiting for when Microsoft will say “IE9 is supportable on Windows XP”. If IE9 works on Windows XP machines then for sure it will be a big hit as market share of Windows XP users are still on top.

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If these features will be added to upcoming IE9 no wonder it will beat other browsers. Already Chrome and Firefox has started acquiring the big market share. We saw Google Chrome 6 and Firefox 4 Beta’s with total restructure in their design and some ultimate features as well. Now its time for IE9 to show its new design get back its share icon smile 9 Expected Features of Internet Explorer 9

September 15, 2010 is the date we are all watching for!!

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Is IE9 beta getting leaked today?

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Do you want Internet Explorer 9 Beta today instead of waiting for official launch by Microsoft? Microsoft is getting ready with its biggest release on one side. Other side someone from somewhere came into picture stating “I have IE9 beta with me”

Just 6 days back a team from iebest.com had released a video which cleared that IE9 beta was already leaked to few people. Below is the video released by iebest.com,

Right after 5 days, admin of ie9best.com posted a new article, “IEbest.com will release the IE9 beta installer on September 13th(2 days before MS), please pay attention.”

And the post says,

IEbest.com will release the IE9 beta installer on septemper 13th(2 days before MS), please pay attention. We are planning to have a launch event then. if any media or organizations have interest to team up with us, please email to [email protected], thank you.  Keep your eyes on http://www.iebest.com.

Do you think its just a fake? or a rumor? But we don’t think so! This article got a comment from name “Microsoft” and the comment was,

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If not today, we will definitely get our hands on Internet Explorer 9 Beta on September 15th. Hopefully, Microsoft can finally deliver a much awaited browser.

Update: iebest.com cancelled the launch!!

Even Tech18 team is keeping eye on these guys. Watch this space for more updates. icon smile Is IE9 beta getting leaked today?

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Chrome 7 beats other browsers in HTML5 Test!

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Google is working hard on its next upcoming browser version- Chromium 7 and is trying to implement many more new features which were missing  in it’s previous release.

Recently we heard, Google Chrome 7 is all about GPU acceleration to improve the overall graphics performance. Previously we found that GPU acceleration can be manually activated in Chrome, But soon after Google confirmed that “there’s been a lot of work going on to overhaul Chromium’s graphics system” and the browser will “begin to take advantage of the GPU to speed up its entire drawing model.”

But we were surprised to see that Google is also improving many other features as well. While testing recent Chrome 7.0.522 Build, Chrome showed massive update on HTML 5 test.

No wonder that Google is concentrating more on HTML 5 features, so that next generation web developers can make most out of it. Chrome / Chromium 7 still missing some main elements in Video and Audio tags. Mpeg-2, MP3, AAC formats are still missing.

Chrome 7 is having 10 elements as partially meta tags. All these elements is waiting for a “Value sanitization” feature to be updated. If Google Chrome team updates these features then no wonder it may cross 300 points and above.

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We found that current stable version, Chrome 6 has got many new features and we saw the total change in visual style. To match this changes Firefox started copying Chrome features and tagged to new name “Chromified Firefox”.

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Firefox 4 beta 5 also showed good improvement in HTML 5 test,but still behind Chrome and stayed on second spot.

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Opera 10.62 release stayed on 3rd place with 210 points (203 + 7 bonus) out of 377.

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Apple’s Safari is still lagging behind and there is no improvement in HTML 5 features!

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We can’t miss Internet Explorer 9 in the list, as Microsoft spoke much about HTML 5 updates and said IE 9 will be the fastest browser among others. But the final platform preview 4 didn’t impress in HTML 5 test. Many HTML 5 elements are not yet integrated and hence performing poorly in HTML 5 tests.

With only few HTML 5 elements, IE 9 didn’t show any impressing factor and hence stays at the bottom.

These are the current HTML 5 update on all the top browsers. We are still waiting for first beta of IE 9 which is expected to go online on September 15, 2010.

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