IE9 Released

Microsoft has launched Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), and posted it to their download sites.  IE9 runs on Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not Windows XP, and features a number of enhancements, including support for hardware acceleration, a slimmed-down interface, full compatibility with Web standards like HTML5, and better privacy controls, including a tracking protection feature that allows users to create lists of sites they do not want to track their browsing activity.

The focus with IE9 has been on creating next class of Web experiences built around HTML5 and tapping into the PC’s power.  The design is less cluttered with toolbars, icons, and controls.  While most of the features from previous versions are still present, many are confined to the background as Microsoft sought to create a browser that puts more emphasis on displaying Web content rather than on its own interface.

IE9 also takes better advantage of modern chip technology, as it is able to discretely hand off some elements of Web display, such as rendering HTML5 graphics, to dedicated GPU units on the client side through support for Direct3D and other graphics standards.

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