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Would You Like to Test Drive Internet Explorer 9?


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Microsoft have released the fourth platform preview for Internet Explorer 9 – would you like to give it a test drive?


If you would like to, point your current browser over to the IE 9 test drive page.

You have to download the 16MB file first and then run it.

IE9 download

Some information you should know before installing the platform preview:

Why do you call it a platform preview?

As you can see, the Internet Explorer Platform Preview is not a full web browser. It’s intended to give Web developers an early look at the Web platform technology coming in the next release of Internet Explorer. To distinguish it from a full browser, we call it a platform preview.

Why doesn’t Platform Preview have a back button or address bar?

Our focus with Internet Explorer Platform Preview is to provide a vehicle with which Web developers can see our progress and start planning if and how they want to support new HTML5 capabilities in the future. It is not intended for daily browsing. For a more detailed discussion of the architecture of Platform Preview see Why No Back Button?

Why not just release a full beta?

The Platform Preview is not intended to replace the beta version that will be released as a full browser once the build has reached the customer quality bar for release. Microsoft is releasing the Platform Preview to give developers the opportunity to test and provide feedback on the underlying platform for Internet Explorer 9. You can find more about what is implemented in the release notes.

How often will be you be updating this?

We hope to release a new version of Internet Explorer Platform Preview approximately every 8 weeks.

There are more things to be aware of and you can read all about them on the FAQ page

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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