Microsoft has offered a sneak peek at the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) graphical user interface and features.
The company is currently gearing up to release the first beta development milestone of IE9, with the Beauty of the Web launch event planned for September 15th, 2010 in San Francisco.
The past week, Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism revealed that the software giant has some pretty cool stuff in store for IE9 Beta, and that they have been holding back with the four Platform preview releases offered so far.
However, only after Microsoft Russia published a document titled “5 new opportunities IE9” it became clear that the Redmond company has yet to actually unveil IE9. (via Mary-Jo Foley)
The resources in question are no longer available via Microsoft Russia, however, Bing moved fast enough to crawl, and index the content,which continues to be available via the Bing cache.
The image accompanying this article features the new Internet Explorer 9 UI, an extremely simple design.
I included a translation of the full text provided by Microsoft below. Please bear in mind that the translation is performed by Google Translate’s machine technology, and as such might be less than perfect.
Still, it’s more than worth the time it will take to read it, since it also unveils some new IE9 features. I highlighted a few.
“5 new opportunities IE9
Before the beta release of the new Internet Explorer browser in September remained very short.
And to warm up the expectations of those who wait, and of interest to those who still do not know about what unique qualities will have IE9 we decided to summarize all that has been said about the new Microsoft browser, and add something new.
Thus, the main advantages IE9 are as follows:
• Focus on Web
• Increased productivity
• Retired Sites
• Quick release tabs
HTML5. Internet Explorer was created in September with the expectation of support for modern language version of HTML5.
In an effort to give developers the ability to use the Internet the same markup we’ve added powerful new features based on HTML5, CSS3, DOM L2 and L3, SVG, ECMAScript5, etc., which require hardware acceleration and up to standard.
In addition, we have transferred a lot of new tests for HTML5, CSS3 and DOM at the W3C, and actively participating in standardization work.
New features in HTML5 with hardware acceleration support elements include video and audio, which provides playback of embedded video and audio content without having to install add-ins.
Canvas element provides a dynamic construction of graphic images by means of hardware acceleration of Windows and graphics card.
Several new CSS3 modules expand the boundaries of creative web designers, and API DOM means greater flexibility for developers of sites.
Focusing on the web. New Navigation Bar Internet Explorer 9 simplifies perception sites. Frame your browser is not overloaded with navigation elements, and compared with other browsers leave more space for the site.
Tools Navigation Internet Explorer 9 created in view of frequently used functions and also simplified.
The user now sees only what is necessary for navigation.
Button to return to the previous page has more safer and a search box integrated into one address bar that protects the user’s personal data, as many menus that are present in older versions of Internet Explorer, merged into one.
Performance. New graphics capabilities and increased productivity Internet Explorer 9 provide a basis for rich and realistic perception.
Text, video and images reproduced with hardware acceleration, due to what the web sites work as quickly as installed on the computer program.
High Definition Video reproduced without jerks, schedule becomes more clear and reproduced without delay, the colors are realistic, and websites like never interactive.
Retired Sites. For fixed sites, you can proceed directly from the taskbar, Windows, without having to open Internet Explorer.
If the site is fixed, for it shows his badge, separate from Internet Explorer. Now, from your favorite site separates only one click.
Secure site can be a few seconds: click the pins in the address bar or click the site in a new tab and drag it to the taskbar. That’s it.
This feature focuses website, and not the browser. Anchored sites are seamlessly integrated into a navigation system Windows 7.
For each such site is the ability to preview on the taskbar and a list of transition. Thus, the work of such sites – as simple and familiar, as with other applications Windows.
Quick release tabs and Windows Aero Snap. Often, for the task have to open several web pages or windows.
To do this, simply drag the page to different edges of the screen, and the sites are displayed next to each other. Reproduction of content sites and video are not violated.”
Advanced tab in conjunction with the function of the Windows Aero Snap can quickly display just two sites or two pages.