Wednesday 17 January 2018

Microsoft previews Internet Explorer 9

Claudine Beaumont

Microsoft has given developers a glimpse of its next web browser, Internet Explorer 9.

The software giant released a "platform preview" of Internet Explorer 9, which gives developers a better idea of some of the new web technologies and standards that will be built in to the browser.

Microsoft's new browser, which won't be available for at least a year, will support HTML5, a new web protocol which makes it possible to play videos and other embedded content on web pages without the need for a specialist plug-in, such as Adobe Flash.

It will also offer enhanced support for CSS3 and an improved JavaScript Engine.

Although the browser is in such an early stage of development that it cannot even be called a "beta version", it is possible to download the platform preview to see demonstrations of the new features.

Analysts believe Internet Explorer 9 could help Microsoft to arrest the slide in its browser share, which has seen nearest rival, Mozilla's Firefox, slowly increasing its footprint in the browser market at the expense of Microsoft.

"Microsoft wants to be more than a follower or just on features parity," said Sheri McLeish, an analyst at Forrester. "And they've created a whole new team for Internet Explorer. Microsoft is clearly taking the browser seriously again."

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