Test Drive IE9 With The Preview Release

Microsoft has announced the “Preview Release” of Internet Explorer 9 which seems to be a milestone for the IE family considering that it now actually seems to realistically get closer to the standards everybody else uses. Unsurprisingly IE9 has a new JavaScript engine which performs much better than IE8s. It also, unsurprisingly, supports HTML5, CSS3 & SVG ‘almost completely.’

The website includes speed, HTML5 and graphical demos alongside comparisons to the features on other browsers.

This new release requires Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7. A good thing as XP is not included. A bad thing because XP is like something from a horror film and will take a long, long, long time to die.

End of the road for Essential Business Server

Microsoft’s mid-market server bundle, EBS aka Essential Business Server, is being discontinued, with no further development as of June 30. EBS started shipped in 2008, and was aimed at organizations in the 250 to 300 desktop range. The bundle included a range of Microsoft server products, including Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Forefront Security, and ISA Server. The discontinuation was announced on the EBS blog. This will not have any impact on SBS.