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Internet Explorer 9 Beta Is Here --Time to Start Testing?

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta web browser this past week, and the initial reviews from technology critics and even competitors like Google are positive.

by / September 19, 2010

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta web browser this past week, and the initial reviews from technology critics and even competitors like Google are positive. Here’s what in Australia had to say:

“Internet Explorer 6 struggled to cope with the demands of the modern web user right from the start, and IE7 and IE8 didn't do enough to differentiate themselves to convince people to upgrade.

Now the software giant seems to have bounced back (with IE 9).”

As for new features, I like this high level summary at which reports specific improvements in the following areas: 

  • Better Performance
  • JavaScript engine
  • Better Usage Of Hardware
  • Better Web Standards Support
  • Enhanced CSS3 Support
  • ECMA Script feature enhancements
  • Added HTML5 support
  • SVG features
  • Developer Tools addition

The finished version of IE 9 is expected in the middle of 2011, but there should be new versions of Google’s Chrome and Mozilla Firefox next year as well.  This battle of the browsers should continue to be very interesting over the coming year, as it has been in the past.

Meanwhile, developers may want to start learning and taking advantage of new features in IE 9. This Internet Explorer Beta Guide for developers is worth looking at for web teams – who usually worry that new browser releases may cause havoc on websites. Early testing is an important step in ensuring that the final browser products work with government portals as well as our office automation teams.

Meanwhile, on a personal level, I downloaded the new beta versions on a home computer and played with the new Microsoft browser this weekend while watching college football. (I even researched this article with IE 9 beta.) It’s too early to really tell, but I think IE 9 runs quicker than IE 8. (To be fair, I also experiment and use Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as well.)  

What are your web browser preferences?

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Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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