Microsoft has released the latest version of their web browser, Internet Explorer 9 Beta. Microsoft is hoping that Internet Explorer 9 will be a success, as previous versions have been losing ground to Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome.
Internet Explorer 9 features a stripped down user interface, there is now a minimal top bar like many other browsers, with a unified search and URL bar, and Microsoft’s Bing is the default search engine.
“The browser is the stage and the backdrop, but the website is the star of the show,” Microsoft general manager of Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch tells Wired.com. “We think the browser should totally take a back seat to the sites.”
Internet Explorer 9 is only available for Windows 7 and Vista at the moment, no support for Windows XP, and it now supports the HTML 5 and CS3 web standards.
We have only had a brief chance to test out Internet Explorer 9, and whilst it is still in Beta, it seems to be a great improvement over the previous version.