Final Version Of Microsoft's IE 9 Expected Soon

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Microsoft says that Internet Explorer 9 is a major update to its web browser and brings in exciting new features like hardware acceleration and greater support for the latest web standards.

It is clear that Microsoft wants to catch up with browsers like Firefox and Chrome which have steadily been stealing browser market share from the Internet Explorer.

IE9 also features better security and privacy control than its predecessors. A growing concern among users is the increasing number of websites that collect user information without authorization.

There was a time when Internet Explorer enjoyed over 90 percent of the browser market share. Presently, Internet Explorer enjoys only 56 percent of the market share, while Firefox and Chrome account for 23 percent and 11 percent respectively.

The release candidate version of IE9 was made available to users for download on Thursday, after more than a year of being in development. The final version of the browser is expected to be available in a matter of weeks.

Faster loading of web pages and online multimedia
Support for hardware acceleration means that you can now take the help of your GPU or graphics hardware to enable loading of pages with rich multimedia content easier and faster.

Popular video players like VLC and PowerDVD 9 already support hardware acceleration to help you play high-definition content on your PC.

The feature will allow your CPU to help with the loading of heavy web pages that require processing power. The reason why IE9 will be able to do this is that it uses the latest HTML5 technology.

Upgrade if you want to use IE9
But if you have XP with you, you would not be able to use IE9 because the browser does not support Windows XP and earlier versions. Only Windows Vista and Windows 7 are supported by it. As with other versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft will not charge users for it.

IE9 also features better security and privacy control than its predecessors. A growing concern among users is the increasing number of websites that collect user information without authorization.

IE9 will maintain a database of these websites and would block them should the user happen to visit them, after the user's consent. The databases of these websites will be periodically updated for optimum protection.

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