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UPDATED: Browser War 2: IE 9 Beta 1 versus Firefox 4 Beta 6
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 16 September 2010 17:14

From DailyTech

Which is the better browser? We weigh in with benchmarks and detailed analysis

I. The Launch

Microsoft has followed the lead of a certain fruity competitor and has unveiled one of its star products at a special event in San Francisco.  Dubbed "The Beauty of the Web", Microsoft announced the public availability of a Internet Explorer 9 beta build.


Microsoft's press release describes:

Starting today, tech-savvy consumers can download the beta of IE9 and test drive the new browsing experience at some of the Web’s most popular sites. At the “Beauty of the Web” event in San Francisco, more than 70 top sites and global brands showcased new sites and Web-based applications they have built to take advantage of the new capabilities IE9 offers. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn, and global brands such as Quiksilver, Red Bull, Livestrong and Amazon are showcasing experiences that take advantage of IE9’s ability to tap into the power of the whole PC and modern standards such as HTML5 to offer rich immersive experiences, and to integrate sites seamlessly with Windows 7.

The new browser is not supported for Windows XP.  While Windows Vista support is coming, the initial beta only offers 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 version.  It is, however, offered in 33 languages.

The beta is available for download here.

Firefox 4 beta 6 also launched this week.  Some may recall that Firefox 4 beta 5 landed just last week and remember our prediction that beta 6 would land in October.  Well beta 6 isn't a full beta; it's what Mozilla calls a "small beta".  Apparently beta 5, which brought hardware rendering to Firefox, had some issues and Mozilla had to rush a fix.  The company writes:

We’ve decided to issue a small beta update in order to fix a stability issue on Windows and some rendering and keyboard/mouse focus issues on OSX related to plugins. This small update should be ready late tomorrow, and will be presented as "Firefox 4 Beta 6".

Beta 6 is replaced by beta 7, which is still expected to land in the timeframe we suggested -- sometime in October.  The final release of the browser is still expected to be November 2010.

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