Microsoft have made their first preview for Internet Explorer 9 available for testing. At this stage I’m pretty impressed with the progress they’re making but what can you expect from the new browser?
If you’re a developer then you can download the IE9 test drive package below:
According to reports, Microsoft will be releasing other preview builds every eight weeks but as yet no time frame has been announced for the final release of IE9 which is frustrating.
It’s great news that IE9 will finally support CSS3 but I am a little concerned that they appear to be simply adopting border-radius without any prefix as if it’s their decision to decide the CSS3 specification. Mozilla and Webkit both have prefixes until the standards have been defined so why should IE9 be any different?
I think this sets a dangerous precedent where other browsers may have to follow what IE9 has done purely because they have the market share and less knowledgable web designers have implemented CSS3 specifically for IE9 without testing on other browsers.
It’s good to see that Microsoft are continuing to improve the browser but is still frustrating that it takes so long for them to implement new features and release a browser that they seem to be playing catch up with the Safari and Firefox browsers continuously.