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Microsoft Users Get Chance To Test Drive IE9

Microsoft has released the third 'Platform Preview' update of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 web browser, showcasing the browser's enhanced HTML 5 capabilities, hardware-accelerating graphics and new rendering engine.

The software giant has committed to releasing test versions of the browser every eight weeks for developers to test.

Microsoft wants developers to test the platform to uncover bugs and propose fixes before the company releases the full version of the product.

Principal group program manager for Internet Explorer, Rob Mauceri, said: "With this update, we continue the pattern around 'same markup', performance, and hardware acceleration that we've talked about to date with IE9. We continue to listen and respond to what matters most to developers, and we're delivering on the promise that we made to update the preview approximately every eight weeks."

The company has also opened an IE9 'test drive' website, allowing users to download the preview version and watch demos showcasing the functionality of the browser.

Unlike the demos of the Safari 5 showcase page released by Apple, the IE9 demos can be run on any browser.