The elusive Internet Explorer 9 seems to have popped its head out, this time through a leaked video which is supposedly an actual IE9 beta installation showing off the features of IE9.
The creator of the video claims that they have access to the Internet Explorer 9 Beta installer and the video in question was made using it. IE9 will officially be unveiled in the next few days and considering the features it has or claims to have, it is highly anticipated.
GPU accelerated browsing experience is the big new feature that all the major browsers are gunning for. The latest builds of Firefox, Chrome, Safari as well as Internet Explorer have this feature enabled. In fact, Opera is the only major browser without hardware acceleration support. Nevertheless, even Opera has hinted that this is something they definitely intend on doing. I won’t be surprised if we soon see a weekly build with hardware accelerated Vega (Opera’s graphics rendering engine).
In the meantime, Sebastian Anthony from DownloadSquad has recreated his earlier Aquarium test to compare the rendering performance of all the three hardware accelerated browsers. Here is the video:
Not surprisingly, Chrome came out on top. Internet Explorer also performed quite well. However, Firefox turned out to be 30% slower. Nevertheless, the bleeding edge speed offered by Chrome came at a cost. It was the most system resource intensive browser. In fact, system resources consumed turned out to have a direct correlation with the rendering speed. The question is, what is more important? Are you willing to opt for a heavier browser, if it provides more speed? Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.
Microsoft is preparing to unveil Internet Explorer 9 in September, however, there have been several IE9 screenshots which have been leaked in the past few weeks.
A new Microsoft IE9 user interface screenshot was reportedly posted on Microsoft Russia’s press site, this was spotted by Mary-Jo Foley of ZDNet.
As you can see from the screenshot above, IE9 sports a very minimal interface with only few buttons on the top bar and icons for home, favorites and settings on the right hand top corner. According to Mary, IE9 may also support web applications, where users can easily open any website without having to open Internet Explorer.
IE9 may also have a support for tear-off tabs which is present in Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari where users can drag a tab out of the current window to create a new Window.
Hopefully, in the next few weeks we would be able to end speculation on what IE9 is going to turn out like and see the actual browser in action. Oh well there are just 3 weeks left before the unveiling on September 15th.
IE9 also supports HTML5 and CSS3, however, it falls way to shot in Acid3 tests scoring only 55/100 which is worse than most of the other browsers. IE9 supports GPU or hardware accelerated HTML5, which means that graphics and HTML5 videos will play much better on IE9 because it will utilize the graphics card for better performance.
The IE blog has a much more detailed post on the new features in IE9. If you are interested, you can download a preview version of IE9 from here.