IE9 gets final platform preview before beta launch


The final preview of Microsoft's upcoming browser beta has been launched for developers and designers to play with.

This is the fourth preview of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and will be the last before the beta is officially launched in September.

Microsoft claimed the previews so far have been downloaded 2.5 million times, with samples on its Test Drive site receiving 20 million visitors, and said it had "worked much more closely with the developer community" for this version of the browser.

The preview contains new examples of IE9's HTML 5 capabilities and Modern SVG.

Through its own tests, Microsoft has shown the browser outperforming its competitors Mozilla Firefox and Safari when it came to the SunSpider JavaScript benchmarking, whilst also demonstrating the lack of speed in the previous incarnation of Internet Explorer, IE8.

Keep an eye out for our first look review of the latest preview coming soon.

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