IE9 Platform Previews have been out since March 2010, with a new version hitting the site every eight weeks more or less. Even after the release of Internet Explorer 9 Beta, in September 2010, this is still no different. The platform previews deliver new rendering updates so they are the most up to date version of implemented rendering engine functionalities. Platform previews are not a full browser with Back button and such. However, very useful for testing site rendering post-beta.
At PDC 2010 Keynote, the latest version of the Platform Preview, version 6 was announced.
Support for CSS3 2D Transforms
Support for semantic tags
Additional tests submitted to the working groups at the W3C
New developer samples on the Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive site
Continue to address feedback from Connect
As a developer, this is a great opportunity to get your sites ready for Internet Explorer 9:
- Run your sites in IE9 Standards mode for the best performance and interoperability
- Use feature detection, not browser detection so you can take advantage of using the same markup (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2010/04/14/same-markup-writing-cross-browser-code.aspx)
Download Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6.