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Microsoft today has released the first developer preview of Internet Explorer 9 at ietestdrive.com.
These standards will make for more robust websites in the future by integrating features like offline support and multimedia elements without the need for plugins like Adobe Flash. These new standards are already implemented in varying degrees in Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome, so Microsoft needs to catch up quickly.
Microsoft also reiterated that IE9 will not run on Windows XP at all. The minimum operating system for IE9, including this developer preview, is Vista with Service Pack 2 installed.
This is just the first of many IE9 preview builds that will precede the first beta release. Microsoft doesn’t have any dates in mind for the final IE9 release, but I’m thinking it would likely drop sometime in late 2011.
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