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Microsoft IE9 Beta

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Microsoft IE9 Beta – Today Microsoft released their first public beta of Internet Explorer 9. With the latest version they will try to pick up ground that they lost to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The company said that with the newest release, they were focusing on how they could unveil a browser that put the focus on the web, and not the capabilities of the browser. The goal of Microsoft’s new browser is to “make the web shine.”

The update was announced almost a year ago now, and the company has given four different developer previews. The browser will provide much faster JavaScript rendering and streamlined interfaces that make it easier to use. They appear to be mimicking the minimalist approach that was used by Google when they developed Chrome.

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IE9 will not run on Windows XP, which currently still runs on two out of every three windows machines. When a user on XP attempts to download the new Beta, they will receive a warning.

“Since you’re running Windows XP, you won’t be able to install Internet Explorer 9 unless you upgrade to a more recent version of Windows,” the warning on the website says. The warning garnered criticism from competition including the spokesman of Opera, who said that he wished that the option to run the browser on Windows XO was available.

It will be interesting to see if Microsoft is able to convince their millions of users to upgrade to 9, which appears to be vastly superior over the previous versions of the software.

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