Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview Available

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As expected the Platform Preview of IE9 was released to the web today during the Day 2 Keynote at Microsoft’s MIX10 Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

You can run over and grab it at http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/info/ThankYou/Default.html and get it installed. It will install separately from your current browser and allow you to test things out without impacting your OS. Expect updates about every 8 weeks to the platform preview.

Don’t be alarmed when you first fire up the IE9PP. It looks kind of bare:

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There are no tabs, address bar, etc. No bells and whistles and that is on purpose.  If you want to open a certain webpage just click Page>Open on the menu bar and type in the address.

Another key note that appears in the FAQ page is that this will not run on Windows XP:

  • Does Platform Preview run on Windows XP?
  • No. Internet Explorer 9’s GPU-powered graphics take advantage of new technologies available in Windows 7 and back-ported only to Windows Vista. These technologies depend on advancements in the display driver model introduced first in Windows Vista.
  • This browser also can not be registered as your default web browser on your system – again from the FAQ (my bolding):

  • Why do some links open in my browser?
  • When a hyperlink targets a new window, Platform Preview opens it in your default browser. Since Platform Preview cannot be registered as your system’s default browser, the link does not open in it.
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    Some key pages about the IE9 Platform Preview:

    The first blog post at the IE MSDN Blog is in depth about the IE9 Platform Preview and what you can expect over the course of this Platform Preview.

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