Microsoft previously announced that it would deliver the first end-user beta of IE 9 in September, and the company told me this week it intends to stick to the same schedule during the beta, releasing a new version every eight weeks. In preparation for the beta, Microsoft is calling on web developers to code their sites to target standards and not older IE versions. If websites check for feature compliance rather than browser type, IE 9 will run the same code as Google Chrome and other standards-based browsers, albeit it often at dramatically faster speeds.
"The IE9 platform is nearly complete," Hachamovitch added. "We ask that developers and partners start testing in preparation for the beta and prepare their sites to take advantage of IE9's new capabilities."
To download IE 9 PP4 and check out a new round of performance, HTML 5, and graphics demos, please visit the Microsoft website.