A new development milestone of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) is now available for download from Microsoft. The Redmond company has pushed IE9 all the way to Platform Preview 4, delivering a consistent evolution over the previous Build, Platform Preview 3. Early adopters will also notice that the software giant has delivered Platform Preview 4 two weeks earlier than the deadline announced initially, which was eight weeks after the release of Platform Preview 3. This only means that Microsoft is making headway with the development process of Internet Explorer 9, and that it is right on track to get the IE9 Beta launched next month, in September 2010.
With IE9 Platform Preview 4 developers can benefit from fully hardware-accelerated HTML5. This means that various aspects of HTML5 are accelerated, including text, graphics, and media (audio and video). Microsoft has even set up a range of new tests on its IE Test Drive Center designed to allow early adopters to try the new fully hardware-accelerated capabilities for HTML5. Make sure to check out: Hamster Dance Revolution, IE Beatz, MSNBC Video and Psychedelic Browsing.
In addition, the Redmond company has kicked up a notch support for SVG. “With Platform Preview 4, we’re excited to show highly-interactive and integrated, or modern, SVG. Typically, developers think of SVG as the graphics format for static engineering diagrams and images. With HTML5 and hardware acceleration, SVG is an excellent choice for a new class of interactive, animated scenarios,” Hachamovitch said.
Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Platform Preview 4 is available for download here.