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We got the news in our Firefox browsers this week that a beta release of the next version of Microsoft's stodgy Internet Explorer is due out September 15th. In Redmond's classic trying-too-hard style, the launch will come at an invitation-only event in San Francisco, according to PC Magazine . The invitation site for the event features some snazzy HTML5 coding action, including an animated word game.

The invitations went out less than ten days after Microsoft released its fourth preview of the new IE platform at the beginning of August. The company has been touting the speed advantages of background compiled JavaScript and the good times to be had with HTML5 as evidence of IE9's relevance. It claims that the improved speed catches IE up with its competitors and is as much as 11 times faster than IE8. The new browser is also expected to have support for SVG and CSS3.

We decided to live dangerously, ignore the seizure warnings and test drive the speed capabilities of the preview using the Psychedelic Browsing demo and can safely report that everything seemed to handle just fine and no one got hurt.

The beta launch announcement also comes just as the browser turns 15 and is still technically on top of the browser world, with more than 60 percent of market share. But IE faces a major challenge from Google's Chrome, which currently has less than ten percent market share, but that could grow as Google adopts the same strategy of OS/browser integration that has helped keep IE on top, buoyed by Windows. Google's Chrome OS is planned to arrive on some netbooks soon with the goal of tearing down the wall between OS and browser in a way that Microsoft has tried with little success.

Short of improved speed and updated standards, there's little information coming out of Redmond about what else to expect in the beta, although it's expected that a more stripped down appearance a la Chrome is likely.

The final release of IE 9 isn't expected before the end of the year.

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First Microsoft says that Windows 7 was my idea and now they are coming out with Internet Explorer 9 Beta (IE9) right on my birthday! This is right after Google has a free meeting in NYC where I meet a woman that I adore and learn about this website. Note what my nickname is above. But the big question is will I be able to get my picture on the cover of Time Magazine for wiping out cancer in the United States of America? That will require a great deal of luck (good karma).

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Just waiting for the release of IE 9 since i have been disliking Internet explorer 8 version because it promises but failed to live up the expectation when i opened and was dealing my <snip> pages while uploading on Internet i just encounter problem with previous version of CSS.Hope i will be happy after getting it

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