The IEBlog announces the release of IE9 Preview 2. One main focus on the May 5th blog post to announce the release is performance – and the showcase is really cool – check it out here: http://ecn.channel9.msdn.com/o9/ch9/5/2/9/7/4/5/IE9PP2SamplesDemo_ch9.wmv.
Performance benchmarking seems to be as hot as ever.
I believe that all of us experience in our daily work that new functionality doesn’t sell at all if they decrease performance. Just a few years ago where the bandwith was at a quite different scale, users where much more used to waiting for the client to respond – but that’s really history.
I truely belive that this is the right business strategy – going for investments in product robustness and performance – make it work before shining it up with functionality improvements. Not as fancy, exciting, or sexy – but the users will be happy. Windows 7 did it – and perhaps IE9 will do it as well?