You can watch the Windows Beauty of the Web event keynote on demand here.
Another excellent resource for developers is the Windows Internet Explorer 9 Beta Product Guide, available as either a PDF or XPS document.
Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft Corporate VP Internet Explorer, presents IE9 at the Windows Beauty of the Web event. Photo by Long Zheng (Beauty of the Web Flickr Slideshow)
Websites have used favicons for sometime now, adding unique branding and identity to the site as it is rendered within the browser.
Steps to Implement
Pinning (Site Mode)
With Pinned Sites, users can access their favorite Websites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to first open the browser. In the following example, the Facebook Website has been pinned to the Windows taskbar.
When the Website is launched directly from the taskbar, the browser frame and navigational controls integrate the favicon and primary color, providing a more site focused experience for the user.
Steps to Implement
Determining Browser Support
Jump List – Tasks (Site Mode)
Jump Lists enable developers to provide contextual navigation to areas of interest to users of a pinned Website as this example from the MSDN Channel 9 Website shows.
Icon Overlays (Site Mode)
Icon overlays enable Websites to offer notification of events, such as a new friend request in Facebook.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
Windows Internet Explorer 9 supports the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) standard, providing visually compelling graphics without the need for a separate browser plug-in. Several examples of the use of SVG can be found at the Windows Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive Website.
HTML 5 Canvas Element
Windows Internet Explorer 9 adds support for several new HTML 5 features, including the canvas element which enables hardware accelerated graphics rendering without requiring additional browser plug-ins. Web developers can explore the use of the canvas element within Windows Internet Explorer 9 by using Canvas Pad and Canvas Pinball from the Windows Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive Website.
HTML 5 Video & Audio Elements
Windows Internet Explorer 9 also adds support for several other Html 5 capabilities, such as the video and audio elements, providing hardware accelerated video and audio content upon Websites without requiring additional browser plug-ins. Again, the Windows Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive Website provides example of using both the video and audio elements.
F12 Developer Tools
Windows Internet Explorer 9 enables a more beautiful Web, the question is whether you want your Website to be part of this more beautiful Web or whether you are happy with the Web as it is found within browsers around the world today?
We believe that Windows Internet Explorer 9 provides a compelling experience for users as well as an excellent platform for developers to deliver rich and exciting content.
If you are ready to embrace a more beautiful Web you should download and install the beta, take the time to watch the keynote from the Windows Beauty of the Web event, and then read through the Windows Internet Explorer 9 Beta Product Guide.
Let me know if you have any questions about Windows Internet Explorer 9 and I’d also be very interested in learning how you are moving your Website to the more beautiful Web!