New IE9 Preview Comes with More HTML5 Support

The upcoming version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 web browser has now just seen its third “platform preview” release. Intended for developers and web designers, these pre-releases versions of IE9 aren’t meant as full browser downloads, just demonstrations of what the browser will be capable of when it launches to the public.

In the latest release, the feature spotlight is on the browser’s support for the HTML5 web standard, with its included support for the HTML5 Canvas element, audio and video tags. Several new demos show off these features, including one called the “IMDb Video Panorama.”

Through a partnership with Amazon (which owns IMDb), Microsoft created a fun, interactive video showcase application which lets you scroll through trailers for current and upcoming movies.

Another Amazon app, the “Amazon Shelf,” presents a virtual bookshelf with interactive features that let you flip through pages of a book to see reviews, ratings, snippets, price and other info available from Amazon.com.

Other improvements in this release include performance increases for JavaScript and additional standards support, including the Web Open Font Format. See videos of IE9 in action on Channel 9.

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