Internet Explorer 9 is coming, but Microsoft is doing its best to ensure that it won’t represent some new and strange thing to developers. Yesterday, the company released the second Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9 specifically to developers.
You can find and install the preview here. As for what it involves, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of Internet Explorer, wrote in a blog post, “Today’s release builds on the first Platform Preview, delivering improvements to IE9’s performance, support for standards, and hardware acceleration of HTML5. We’ve also updated the test drive site with a new set of developer samples to show what developers can do with GPU-powered HTML5.”
Furthermore, “As part of our commitment to enabling developers to use the Same Markup – the same HTML, CSS, and script – on the web, we have contributed many new tests to the W3C for HTML5, as well as CSS3 Media Queries and DOM. The Developer Tools in this preview include some new features to make finding and fixing markup issues easier.”
So be sure to take a look at this when you can. Microsoft’s put a fair amount of effort into preparing it, and although Firefox and Chrome are doing well, Internet Explorer is sure to still have a whole lot of users for years to come.