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The public Beta of IE 9 is available to download.

http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/#/download

welcome to a more beautiful web

Start exploring a rich, immersive web experience with Internet Explorer 9 Beta.

All-around fast

Hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics

The new graphic capabilities and improved performance in Internet Explorer 9 set the stage for immersive and rich experiences. Hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics mean your websites perform like the programs that are installed on your computer. High-definition videos are smooth, graphics are clear and responsive, colors are true, and websites are interactive like never before. With sub-system enhancements like Chakra, the new JavaScript engine, websites and applications load faster and are more responsive. Combine Internet Explorer 9 with the powerful graphics capabilities that Windows 7 has to offer, and you'll get the best web experience on Windows yet. See it in action at beautyoftheweb.com.

Installs faster, starts faster

The shorter, streamlined installation of Internet Explorer 9 is faster than previous versions. It requires fewer decisions on your part, takes less time to load pages, and doesn’t require that you install updates separately. Once it's installed, you're ready to start browsing.

Your websites shine

The new browser frame makes any website shine.

Designed based on what you use most, the navigational controls in Internet Explorer 9 are streamlined and simplified. The back button is larger, the address bar and search box are combined into one new address bar, and the multiple menus from previous versions of Internet Explorer are consolidated into a single menu. The result? You'll only see what's essential to your browsing experience on the Internet today.

Simplified yet enhanced, the user interface brings sites forward. Characteristics of each website are reflected throughout the browser, allowing you to be more immersed in each site you visit.

Seamless with Windows 7

With Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar—without having to open Internet Explorer first.

Pinning a site takes seconds: click the icon to the left of the web address in One Box, the tab for the website, or the website's icon on the New Tab page and drag it to the taskbar. That's it. Once a site is pinned, it shows up as its own thumbnail, separate from Internet Explorer. Now all it takes is one click to get to your favorite website.

Each site that's pinned to the taskbar has a Jump List. Some also have thumbnail preview controls like playing or pausing a video, which you'll see underneath the thumbnail preview. And some sites you pin have icon overlays, which provide information about the status of a website, such as the number of new messages in your inbox.

By pinning a site, the site is at the center of the experience, not the browser. When a pinned site is launched from the taskbar, the browser frame and navigational controls integrate the site's icon and primary color, providing an experience that's tailored to the site you're viewing.

Trusted way to the web

Internet Explorer 9 is designed to help protect you from evolving web and social engineering threats. Whether it's a link in email that appears to be from your bank, fake notifications from social networking sites, search results for popular content, or malicious advertisements—you name it, someone's trying it. With SmartScreen Filter, you can browse with more confidence knowing you have better protection if you're targeted by one of these types of attacks.

SmartScreen Filter helps combat these threats with a set of sophisticated tools:

•Anti-phishing protection—to screen threats from imposter websites seeking to acquire personal information such as user names, passwords, and billing data.

•Download reputation—to remove all unnecessary warnings for well-known files, and show severe warnings for high-risk downloads.

•Anti-malware protection—to help prevent potentially harmful software from infiltrating your computer.

If a malicious website is detected, Internet Explorer 9 blocks the entire site, when appropriate. It also can do a "surgical block" of malware or phishing hosted on legitimate websites, blocking malicious pages without affecting the rest of the site.

Smartscreen Filter also works with Download Manager to help protect you from malicious downloads. Potentially risky downloads are immediately blocked. Download Manager then clearly identifies higher risk programs so that you can make an informed decision to delete, run, or save the download.

We recommend that you turn on SmartScreen Filter. You can turn it on or off at any time. You can also help improve the web for everyone by reporting suspected malicious sites.

and for more details about IE 9 checkout:

The IE Blog

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I'm going to continue using Firefox as my primary browser, but am definitely still going to check this out :)

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i saw that advertised, they said windows XP was going to be supported until 2014 but this is only for vista and 7, somewhat doubtful about compatability. bah! it just gives me another reason to install windows7 tomorrow.

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