Microsoft's second day of MIX10 has seen the launch of the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview, its first readily available version of the next-generation browser. The test version is described as rough and uses a bare frame but is the first version of IE to support HTML5, bringing it up to the level of Chrome and Safari as well as certain newer versions of Firefox. Even while early, however, it supports hardware acceleration and uses DirectX to accelerate drawing SVG images and text in the new web standard.
The release is still far into the future but has made progress in compatibility in the few months since it was first shown. It now scores 55 out of 100 on the ACID3 test for modern browsers where the very first version scored just 32. Opera and Safari 4 are the only major browsers to achieve a perfect score; Chrome and Firefox score 99 and 94 points each.