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Internet Explorer 9 will be launched at an event in San Francisco September 15. The launch celebrates the Beauty of the Web. More information is available on the Windows Team Blog posting Announcing the Beauty of the Web event for IE9 Beta Launch.
Get the current preview at the IE9 test drive site.
Here’s some key features for developers in IE9:
Fully Hardware-Accelerated HTML5. IE9 offers consistent, fully hardware-accelerated text, graphics, and media, both audio and video. Try Hamster Dance Revolution, IE Beatz, or MSNBC Video in different browsers to experience the difference. Psychedelic Browsing demonstrates what HTML5 canvas can do when it’s fully accelerated with the GPU.
Fonts. developers can use the Web Open Font Format (WOFF, supported in IE9 Platform Preview 3 as well as other browsers) for both HTML and SVG content. It works well in conjunction with the CSS3 Fonts module and has broad support from leading font vendors (e.g. here, “a majority of font makers have already settled on WOFF or services like Typekit as their format of choice”). WOFF fonts are a better long-term solution
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation