A new Internet Explorer 9 preview has been posted by Microsoft. It is the first browser from the US Software Company designed specifically to deliver accuracy when searching.
Electronista said that while still short of the perfect scores of Apple’s Safari and Google Chrome, the result is roughly on par with Firefox 4 and addresses a longstanding complaint of inaccuracy in IE.
A perfect score isn’t deemed essential at this stage as the remaining standards are ones seen as in transition. Formats such as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) aren’t considered a high priority as their use has been declining and in some cases discouraged.
Electronista said that at least one beta of IE9 is due and that should be available for download in September 2010.
No clues have been given of the timetable for a final release, but CEO Steve Ballmer is due to host a pre-CES keynote on January 5 that could be a vehicle for the finished version.
IE9 is one of the first Microsoft browsers designed primarily with accuracy in mind and will bring the browser up to date with technologies that have existed elsewhere for months or years, such as partial HTML5 support. It will be the first Microsoft browser to use graphics hardware acceleration for rendering and could outpace Safari 5 on Windows.