After unveiling Internet Explorer 9 for the first time at the Professional Developers Conference in 2009, Microsoft has finally made a first version of its new browser available for download.
Well, not exactly. What you get when hitting the download link on Microsoft’s website is not what I’d call a web browser; it’s more of a web-capable playground with a bunch of testing links that lets you check all the new features included in the all new Internet Explorer 9.
Most of the tests are oriented to developers and web designers, so that they can have a look at the browser’s new features and start thinking about ways to implement those in their future apps and designs. This means that if you’re not a developer or web designer, you’ll probably find them a bit too cryptic. However you can still have some fun testing the HTML5 T-Shirt designer or the Asteroids clone created to demo GPU-powered HTML5 graphics.
Then again, this is just a very early preview that still has a long way to go. According to Microsoft, there’ll be a new updated version every eight weeks, so we’ll keep an eye on it and keep you informed of any important new features.
Have you tried Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview yet? What do you think of it?