Internet Explorer 9 beta to launch 15 September

13 Aug 2010

Microsoft is set to launch the beta of Internet Explorer 9 at a San Francisco event on 15 September.

Mamed “The Beauty of the Web” the event will show off the complete revamp of the browser.

Internet Explorer has been experiencing a decline in popularity since 2004. Microsoft wishes to reinvigorate the browser to stand up against Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

IE 9’s features will include the ability to handle HTML5, improved Javascript and CSS support and will use hardware acceleration for graphic and AJAX rendering.

Microsoft has been updating with previews of the new browser engine. The fourth preview was released last week, showing the potentially of fully hardware accelerated HTML5.

The beta code requires either Windows 7 or Windows Vista to run and will be available to download on the same day as the San Francisco event.