Microsoft delivers second preview test build of IE 9

On May 5, Microsoft made available to developers and other interested testers Platform Preview 2 of its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser. The updated preview is available from the same Test Drive site as the preview Microsoft released in March.

On May 5, Microsoft made available to developers and other interested testers Platform Preview 2 of its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser.

The updated preview is available from the same Test Drive site as the preview Microsoft released in March.

Microsoft committed in March to delivering regular previews of IE 9 on an every-eight-week schedule. The first IE 9 preview went live in mid-March.

The new preview includes new performance tests, like Flickr Explorer, Browser Flip; a few new HTML5 tests, and several new graphics demos, like SVG Tweet Cloud and Real World Diagrams.

According to newly published ACID3 test results, Preview 2 of IE 9 is now at 68 of 100. Preview 1 was 55.

Microsoft officials have not said when to expect an actual beta of IE 9 or when the final release is due.

Microsoft is releasing the new preview the same week as Net Applications reported that IE's overall market share hit an all-time low of 59.95 percent. (And yes, I know Microsoft's market share grew more than that of its browser competitors, but the new numbers are nothing to write home about -- unless you are trying to prove to antitrust officials you don't have a browser monopoly....)

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