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September 16, 2010

Internet Explorer 9 beta promoted by Gorillaz

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by Darren Allan

It’s like a “wizard’s portal” or indeed a “pirate’s dream”. What is? Internet Explorer 9, of course, according to the Gorillaz.

Yes, Microsoft managed to rope the experimental rock and hip-hop comic character band into the launch of the beta of IE9 yesterday.

The bass player Murdoc introduces the band’s IE9 presentation video, which shows off the new all singing and dancing HTML5 Gorillaz website under Internet Explorer 9. You can watch the video on YouTube here.

A slightly slurred sounding Murdoc (perhaps he’d been at the free bar) points out many of IE9′s smart new features, such as being able to drag a website down to the Windows 7 taskbar and pin it there, so it can be launched as if it was an application.

Internet Explorer 9 employs hardware acceleration, using the graphics card to help render multimedia heavy sites more smoothly. Performance is also boosted by an overhauled JavaScript engine, and a whole new polished interface has been bolted on to the browser.

The release date for the full version of IE9 hasn’t yet been made public by Microsoft, but when launched, the company is hoping it will reverse its browser fortunes, which have been in decline of late in the face of rivals Firefox and Chrome.

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  1. I understand IE9 won’t run on XP and well over half the Windows userd out there are using XP, some having Upgraded from Vista. Yes I do mean upgraded!

    I am sticking to Firefox as it is a very good browser and has prooved itself to be more secure than IE.

    Comment by Allan — September 19, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

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