Microsoft unveiled the beta version of its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser on March 16 during the MIX10 developer event in Las Vegas.
IE9 is still in development so not everything is working as it should be yet, but from the initial preview it looks like Microsoft has worked hard to redesign the browser.
The most notable upgrade is wider compliance with current internet standards - a step that brings IE closer to its Firefox, Safari and Chrome rivals.
Reports suggest that the new browser will not work on machines running Windows XP, a move that will hopefully encourage users to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 7.
Microsoft continues to see its IE market share drop as consumers discover better features in rival web browsers (and some simply learn what a browser is - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4MwTvtyrUQ&feature=player_embedded).
The company has a long way to go before it catches up to the rapidly advancing industry but it is clear that Microsoft is trying to head in the right direction with IE9.
For an in-depth look at Microsoft's IE9 have a look at ComputerWorld's compilation of IE9 reviews and opinions gathered from technology blogs: http://blogs.computerworld.com/15767/ie9_is_here_kinda_sorta