Although the final version of Internet Explorer 9 isn’t due for a year, Microsoft has already released two platform previews. The newest version features faster performance and better support for standards. “You’ve heard it before: We love HTML5 so much we actually want it to work,” a company spokesperson wrote in a press statement.
Analysts say that releasing multiple iterations of the browser could help the company keep developers interested. “If Microsoft is able to have it out in public and have developers banging around on it, that generates and maintains interest,” says Forrester’s Sheri McLeish.