November 01, 2010, 9:00 AM — Did you feel that? Microsoft has shifted its Internet Explorer development team into higher gear and dropped another rev of the IE 9 beta, this one called Platform Preview Version 6 and touting "next generation experiences." It's all happening so fast. The new Platform Preview arrives just a few weeks after Microsoft launched a new full beta of Internet Explorer 9.
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Does it make a difference that the version numbers are starting to turn as quickly as the National Debt clock? It depends upon who you are. The average Web surfer probably won't bother with Platform Preview 6 because it just shows off the rendering engine. It's only a rectangle for viewing Web pages. There are no extra buttons for juggling bookmarks or handling other browsing chores. As long as your mom or dad download a new version once or twice a year, they'll see that IE is getting zippier and the Web pages are becoming livelier.