Presenting a more beautiful web

imageTonight from SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas, Microsoft has announced the general availability of Internet Explorer 9.

Internet Explorer 9 is the next generation of web browser from Microsoft and supports web standards and is the first web browser to have full hardware acceleration.

With IE9, the web is faster, cleaner, and trusted. IE9 has been written from the ground up with support for web standards, improved JavaScript performance, and hardware accelerated text, video, and graphics.

IE9’s new user interface is a radical departure from the Internet Explorer of years past. It is simplified and takes the focus off the browser and places it on the browsing. With the new Pinned Sites feature, websites become apps. IE9’s navigation and frame take on the color of the website’s icon, creating a unified experience. IE9 gives web developers access to Jump Lists in Windows 7, enabling them to enhance their websites by providing easy access to common tasks on the Taskbar.

Internet Explorer 9 is a secure, trusted browser. With new Tracking Protection functionality, IE9 lets users take steps to prevent information from being shared with websites. ActiveX filtering to prevent rogue ActiveX controls from compromising the PC and keep users safe and secure.

To find out more about Internet Explorer 9 click here.

Download Internet Explorer 9: Windows 7 32-bit | Windows 7 64-bit | Windows Vista 32-bit | Windows Vista 64-bit

Building icons for Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites

imageIf you are a web developer and are looking to take advantage of Internet Explorer 9’s unique feature set, you’ll want to check out this tool. It’s called X-Icon Editor and was shown off today at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Redmond, Washington.

With the X-Icon Editor you can make icons that will stand out, amaze, delight, and satisfy. (Ok, well, I took some creative license there, but your icons will stand out.)

The editor supports importing from .jpg, .ico, .bmp, .gif, and transparent .png, live drawing or editing, online preview on IE9, and support for high resolution icons.

You can check out the X-Icon editor at http://www.xiconeditor.com