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This article was published on August 4, 2010

    IE9’s Latest Build Scores 95 In ACID3 Test, Now Let’s Move On

    IE9’s Latest Build Scores 95 In ACID3 Test, Now Let’s Move On
    Manan Kakkar
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    Manan Kakkar

    Manan is a Telecommunications engineer who's been following Microsoft and Apple for a couple of years. Fascinated by end user technology he Manan is a Telecommunications engineer who's been following Microsoft and Apple for a couple of years. Fascinated by end user technology he shares his thoughts in more than 140 characters and in 140 or less on twitter (@manan)

    Microsoft has released the fourth platform preview version of their next desktop browser Internet Explorer 9.

    The build is still without  a usable UI and is meant for developers. A proper and hopefully a new look for IE is expected in the first public beta build is expected sometime in September. Meanwhile for every person and I mean everyone who mocked Internet Explorer for their ACID scores, this build has an astonishing score of 95, still 2 short compared to Chrome’s latest Dev build and Minefield.

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    Regarding the score ACID score, according to IE9 head Dean Hachamovich they fall short in SVG Fonts and SMI animation for SVG, both of which he says are in transition. The other enhancement is the integration of their new JavaScript engine – Chakra. The scores should appease the critics who kept harping about them, as a user I’m still waiting for the Beta build to see how snappy the browser feels.

    The latest build is available for download at the IE Test Drive website.

    PS: I got a score of 94/100 when I ran the test.