Microsoft announced the public launch of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), beta version, yesterday.
The new version of the web browser is promoted as being faster, with a cleaner interface, more private, more secure, and is compliant with HTML5.
HTML5 is a new version of HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, which is the basic code that a website delivers to a computer to show a web page.
IE9 includes a download manager, which Microsoft says will allow common executables to load, but will warn a user before downloading a file that may be harmful. Another feature will be a notification if a browser add-on causes a system slowdown. Add-ons are items such as extra tool bars or search boxes added to IE. Microsoft says that 75% of IE crashes are related to add-ons.
IE9 is the first modern browser that will not support Windows XP, which is still the most commonly used operating system in the world. A modern browser like IE9 needs a “modern operating system,” according to IE General Manager, Dean Hachamovitch.
The beta version can be downloaded from Microsoft here. Beta refers to its status as a test version, and that changes are likely before the final, complete, version is released.