But how many hundreds of thousands were deeply disappointed when finding that, once again Microsoft doesn’t get the idea of getting the basics correct first, and seeing that all this “preview” provides is a few samples, with no browser? I know I was more than a bit peeved.

By the demonstration’s own charts, the browser thus far can’t do better than 68 out of 100 on the Acid3 test. I realize this is not the be all and end all, but worrying about animation and full-motion video before getting the basics right is rather silly. If Microsoft wants to impress me, the rendering of all static content had better be perfect before any worry about H.264 rendering comes into play.

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After getting a few early glimpses at what’s coming in Internet Explorer 9, a few things are obvious. It’s going to be faster. It’s going to be more standards-compliant. The boost from hardware acceleration should be impressive.
…And users are clearly curious about what Microsoft is doing. According to a post at Softpedia, the Internet Explorer 9 developer preview has already been downloaded more than a million times. Considering how little of the browser you’re actually able to see (and use) at this point and that fact that the preview has only been available since mid-March, that’s an impressive total.
The milestone was actually achieved prior to the arrival of Preview 2 this week, so that number will likely climb sharply in the coming weeks.
Just wait until the user interface gets bolted on…

I admit that the movement of the map in the Earth presentation is impressive. But how many times do I do that daily, versus simply wanting to get a page rendered with complex static information correctly?

Oh, and about that user interface…

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