LAS VEGAS--Microsoft won't say just when it expects to ship Internet Explorer 9, but whenever it does, it won't be running on Windows XP.
"Building a modern browser requires a modern operating system," Internet Explorer General Manager Dean Hachamovitch said at a press conference at the Mix10 event.
Microsoft unveiled a "platform preview" of IE9 earlier on Monday. That early version, which contains the Chakra engine, but not the full user interface (or even a back button) requires Vista Service Pack 2 or later.
GPU accelerated platform preview
Microsoft has launched a test drive version of its upcoming web browser - Internet Explorer 9. The version is still far from beta and is designed to give web designers a sneak peek at the upcoming techs such as GPU accelerated HTML5, web graphics, text, etc.
Speed and standards. Those two words sum up the goals of Microsoft's just-released Platform Preview of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser. I have to stress that there's a good reason for calling it a "platform preview" rather than a "beta"—the code you can download from ie.microsoft.com/testdrive is not a full browser program by a long shot—there's no Back button, let alone bookmark manager, history feature, toolbars, or any of the other features we've come to expect in modern Web browsers.
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