Yesterday, several sites had news of the third “preview” of Internet Explorer 9, which is the latest attempt of Microsoft to design a browser that is anything better than mediocre.

Those sites which feature the descriptions of improved performance either fail to mention, or sweep aside one big problem – Microsoft has yet to deliver anything other than simulated performance to the public. This may sway the Microsoft faithful, but leaves me cold, as I am awaiting something where I can make the choices of what I compare, and what is rendered on my machine. Anything less is useless.

So why has Microsoft not gotten a working browser out? Are they jerking the faithful around again? How difficult is it to get a working model out when you have so many available beginnings to choose from? And what about Gazelle, that alleged working browser reported on by Mary-Jo Foley of ZDNet? (That was back in early 2009, for those not keeping track.)

from Download Squad

Before you ask: no, the third developer preview of Internet Explorer 9 doesn’t have any window chrome yet. It’s still the same skeleton you’ve seen in the two previous releases.
That said, it’s clear that Microsoft is serious about delivering a competitive browser. IE9 preview 3 has turned in better SunSpider and Acid3 results, and its hardware acceleration features really shine. The new release also features HTML5 audio and video support, as well as hardware acceleration for the canvas element. Support for Web fonts is now baked in as well.
Running the fledgling browser side-by-side with Google Chrome 6 I noticed very little difference on sites like Gmail, Facebook, and Google Reader… And good luck getting another browser to run Microsoft’s standards-based demos as well as they run in IE9. They’re pretty brutal without hardware acceleration (with the exception of Opera 10.60, which actually seems to perform better than Chrome and Firefox — Sebastian has a video on the way). The SunSpider result has improved again, too, and is now roughly half what the first preview posted — an impressive gain.
For full details about the new release, check out the official blog post from Microsoft

Yes, if you want the absolute best propaganda, head right over to the official blog post. I’d like to have something tangible, however.

Also, from gHacks

Microsoft has released the third platform preview of the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 web browser. The new version can be downloaded directly from the Internet Explorer test drive website. The release notes have not yet been updated have been updated and the IE blog features an in depth analysis of the new and improved features of Internet Explorer 9.

The new preview of Internet Explorer 9 continues to make progress compatibility wise by supporting more of Dom and CDSS 3 standards which is illustrated perfectly by the 83/100 score in the Acid3 test, the last preview version managed to get 68 points.

The third Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9, available now, continues the deep work around hardware acceleration to enable the same standards-based markup to run faster. This is the latest installment of the rhythm we started in March, delivering platform preview releases approximately every eight weeks and listening to developers. You’ll see more performance, same markup, and hardware accelerated HTML5.

Microsoft has further optimized the browser’s JavaScript performance surpassing the latest Firefox 3.7 pre-release and closing in on Safari, Opera and Google Chrome.

This is the best we can get from the “big brains” at Microsoft? What is wrong with this picture?

The new IE9 preview introduces support for hardware accelerated HTML5 canvas, video and audio elements. Several new demos were uploaded to the IE test drive site to demonstrate the new capabilities of Internet Explorer 9.

The new demos make good use of the new HTML5 elements that have been implemented in this preview release of IE9.

Developers and advanced users find additional information at the IE Blog release announcement post and the Test Drive site.

Internet Explorer 9 becomes a contender in the browser market. Seems that Microsoft is doing things right this time.

There are two of the usual places, reporting on what is essentially a sales promotion, as if it was established fact on a number of test machines. Is the Microsoft sphere of influence that large? What is causing this wave of places giving Microsoft a pass for delivering nothing but promises, and a few small bits of code?

So, to borrow a phrase from an old, but funny Wendy’s commercial, “Where’s the beef?” When is an actual working copy of this vaporware going to surface? Before any of the Microsoft apologists begin, let me say that this is supposed to be the preeminent software company in the world, and both Google and Opera (yes, little Opera Labs) have browsers that implement all that Microsoft is trying to implement already, and both have browsers that wipe the floor with Internet Exploder 8 [sic]. So when does the greater computing community finally say that for Microsoft, it is time to put up or shut up?

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I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill

microsoft-logo At some time, it is the point where the company needs to put up or shut up, after a year and a half of promises and vaporware, that time is now…

Apple_Microsoft if something doesn’t happen soon, many may assume this position…


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