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Since Microsoft announced its general strategy for Internet Explorer 9, 4 months ago, rumors have started to do rounds. Questions like Will IE 9 be "more compatible"?, will IE 9 be more secure?
Especially the last question is vital, because lately not a week has gone by
when soem sort of IE flaw wasn't discovered
The following are questions planned to ask Dean Hachamovitch, next week :
Who cares? I dont mean that question to come across as rude, but a lot of people have questioned whether Internet Explorer is still relevant. IE still counts a majority share among Internet users, but just barely, and the competition is very aggressive. Can IE9 recapture mind share the way Windows 7 did? And in particular, can you get the fickle Twitterati and Techmeme crowd to take IE9 seriously?
How are you going to address compatibility concerns? IE8 was a huge step forward in terms of supporting standards, but it still falls short on some key tests like ACID3, and there are still thousands of high-profile sites that dont work well in IE8. Will IE9 add more complexity to this equation, or will it make things easier for frazzled developers?
What about HTML5 support? It must be a relief to watch Apple and Adobe fight over Flash and not have to get dragged into that argument. But the anti-Flash crowd is pinning its hopes on a still-fluid standard called HTML5. Will IE9 support HTML5?
Whats the latest on performance? Most of your competition (Google Chrome in particular) is vocal about its superior performance compared to IE8, and reviewers seem to agree. I know youre planning to tap into GPUs to improve page rendering, but what else are you doing to address performance concerns?
Whats the security story? Internet Explorer has gotten a bad rap lately, mostly for the sins of older versions. Is there anything new in the security infrastructure for IE9?
When will it be ready to ship? Every previous major release of Internet Explorer has been tied to a new version of Windows: IE6 and XP, IE7 and Vista, and IE8 with Windows 7. Why break the pattern with this release?
Microsoft News: IE9 at MIX10 - six questions for Microsoft