My first love is art and the great thing about my current role is that I can use my creativity to help explain what can be done with Microsoft technology.Just last week our marketing team decided to give me a whole stand to draw all over at the Web Directions event last week at the Southbank Centre in London, to explain what Internet Explorer 9 is all about…
I think there are three themes at work in the next release any one of which would be interesting:
If you want to see IE9 in action then there is a technical preview here. Note this is designed to test sites and has been deliberately crippled (there’s no tabbed browsing or even a back button) as it is not intended to replace your current browser at the moment. It is updated every 8 weeks and in each release you’ll be able to see how the browser is being developed across the three themes I have described particular in the cased of standards. For example the scored for ACID 3 has gone up from 68 to 86/100 in the third preview released yesterday, as well as showing more demos of what this means for the user experience.The latest preview also has <canvas> support as in this example..
What does this mean for the IT Pro?
Firstly IE9 will be popular for the reasons I have described, and we have had a lot positive feedback from the developer community despite initial scepticism, so this should translate into a desire to adopt it because there will be an army of sites that will leverage these new standards.
This won’t be a problem if you are running Windows 7 or Vista as it will simply be a case of upgrading the browser possibly as part of software update, but you need to be aware that IE9 is not compatible with Windows XP. This is mainly down to the GPU acceleration, but I suspect there would be other issues such as security even if this was overcome. Hopefully the number of in house mission critical apps that depend on IE6 is dwindling as XP and IE6 move into extended support however it will be possible to run Win XP/IE6 inside Win 7 / IE9. For consumers and small businesses there is XP Mode and for larger customers Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V) is included with the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP), that’s included in the software assurance agreement.
IE9 ran ok 1 day , then it crashed and refused to open again , back to IE8
I can't really help you here as I don't have any specifics to go on. I am not aware of any issues with the beta, given that most MSFTs are already using it. The tech preview has been around for months for developers with no problemsI have seen reported anywhere.