On October 28th, we released Internet Explorer Platform Preview 6
. Today, we are announcing Internet Explorer Platform Preview 7
which is focused on real-world performance improvements
across sites on the web. We first demonstrated the power of a fully hardware accelerated HTML 5 browser
Equally important, we continue to see broad developer excitement and rapid user adoption of Internet Explorer Beta. Since the beta launch, we have already had over 13 million downloads of Internet Explorer 9 beta and it continues to be our fastest adopted browser to date.
PERFORMANCE GAINS IN PLATFORM PREVIEW 7
Our recent blog series on performance
talked about the approach we have taken to performance. With IE9 our focus has been on real-world performance and giving the browser access to the full power of the PC. The video below has more information on what it means to focus on real-world performance.
. The video below shows how these performance improvements translate into new types of experiences that can be delivered:
REAL WORLD SITE PERFORMANCE vs. MICRO-BENCHMARKS
However, measuring the performance of a browser by looking at small parts of individual subsystem is inherently flawed because it’s not how actual sites work and it doesn’t reflect how subsystems perform together. Instead you will find demos on the Internet Explorer Test Drive
, HTML5 Sudoku
and Shakespeare’s Tag Cloud
to be better benchmarks as they represent real coding patterns and engage multiple subsystems at once. The performance difference in these demos is striking and shows what it means to optimize for end-to-end performance rather than a single subsystem.
INTERNET EXPLORER 9 MOMENTUM CONTINUES TO BUILD
The momentum around Internet Explorer 9 continues to build. Since the beta launch, we have already had over 13 million downloads of Internet Explorer 9 beta and it continues to be our fastest adopted browser to date. Download IE9 Beta
today and see first-hand what a browser built for real-world performance can enable.
provides new opportunities to reimagine web experiences. If you haven’t already, visit the Internet Explorer Test Drive
, download Internet Explorer Platform Preview 7 and get your sites ready for Internet Explorer 9.