platform previews', Microsoft is expected to release the first fully functional beta version of it's next generation web browser, Internet Explorer 9, later today.
In recent months, both Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox have made serious strides in their beta channels addressing speed, hardware acceleration, security, newer web standards and more.
Chrome now has four versions including an auto-updating 'canary' build. Mozilla's Firefox 4.0 browser is now at beta 6.
Today, it's Microsoft's turn.
Expected at 10:30 AM PT at a special website launched last week by Microsoft last week, you can check out the new IE 9 here.