Will Internet Explorer 9 finally pose a challenge to the technically superior upstart web browsers from Google, Mozilla and Apple?
Microsoft getting a new (standards-based) religion?
It appears that IE 9 will finally adopt and comply with some of the web standards. The initial preview scores a respectable 55//100 on the CSS Acid 3 test which is a huge improvement over IE8’s score of 20/100. Support for some new HTML 5 features is also present in the IE9 preview build such as the much touted video tag as well as SVG support. The video tag will have support for the H.264 codec which is also being supported by Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari.
Will a strong IE9 release slow the momentum of the competing browsers which have been nibbling away the market share from Microsoft? A strong IE will definitely reduce the incentive for people to switch to an alternative browser.
One caveat which may play a factor in IE9 adoption is that Internet Explorer 9 will not be compatible with Windows XP.
Ars Technica has a great write up on the preview : Platform Preview gives Web developers first taste of IE9.