IE 9 RC escrow build leaks out ahead of public release

 

Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of IE 9 as it attempts to remain competitive in the browser marketplace. For Microsoft, IE 9 represents its latest attempt to remain the browser king while it fights off contenders Firefox, Chrome and a host of others.

Early Friday, an RC build of IE 9 was leaked out, and Winreview.ru posted up a few screenshots of the leak. The version that hit the web is 9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300). It is believed by many that Microsoft is gearing up for the release of IE 9 and the RC builds are of near final quality. [Update: To clear up some confusion, .6018 may not be available for download, yet, but someone does have this build outside of Microsoft.]

Microsoft is also taking privacy to a new level, allowing the browser to block a website's ability to use location based services too.

With a leak of an RC-quality build to the web, it only adds further evidence that Microsoft is about ready to release the final product. While no final date has been set, it should appease IE fans that it is expected sooner rather than later.

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mrmomoman said,
Doesn't load on 64bit. Not sure about 32 bit. Win7 Ultimate 64bit. Says it wasn't mean to load on 32/64.
It's the 128 bit version.

So it's confirmed, the interface could not be any more freaking horrible. Conceptually it's great but the implementation is damn nasty.

thartist said,
So it's confirmed, the interface could not be any more freaking horrible. Conceptually it's great but the implementation is damn nasty.

Odd, I think it looks quite nice. Of course, you are never going to please everybody...

J_R_G said,

Odd, I think it looks quite nice. Of course, you are never going to please everybody...

I disagree. I think cramming the URL bar and Tabs into one line is HORRIBLE.

Intimidator said,

I disagree. I think cramming the URL bar and Tabs into one line is HORRIBLE.

Everyone is allowed to have an opinion

Riva said,

Everyone is allowed to have an opinion

no s**t, buckwheat. Did I say "no way! you're wrong!" or something similar? I gave my opinion, plain and simple.

Intimidator said,

I disagree. I think cramming the URL bar and Tabs into one line is HORRIBLE.

You can customize the tabs to appear below the address bar. (This feature isn't available in the public beta build though.)

Isn't the real news here that IE9 now supports a geolocation feature at all? I don't think it was in the betas/previews or ever announced.

9.00.8073.6003 x86 leaked
9.00.8073.601x - not leaked
Winreview was not leak and will not leak any type of software. We are information project, not warez/insiders/leakers.
Sorry for that, and sorry for my bad English.
And thank you what you found our news interesting.
Regards, Happy Bulldozer

I remember SecuRom had a problem with IE9 Beta and some games failed to launch (in my case, it was GTAIV and the DLC), and I know others had the same issue. That was the only reason I uninstalled the IE9 beta. I hope that gets sorted out soon, but until then I'll have to keep going with IE8 and Opera 11.

I had the same problem, although i read it as something to do with the in-game feed reader. My game would launch, but wouldn't go past the first menu.

plasmarox said,
I had the same problem, although i read it as something to do with the in-game feed reader. My game would launch, but wouldn't go past the first menu.

Mine wouldn't even launch. Just got an eror screen saying SecuROM failed to initialize or somesuch (I forget exactly). Sure enough, rolling back to IE8 fixed it. ^_^

It should be in a few hours from now till the official RC is out, why rush and install a leak that is probably older than what the RC will be at this point? I understand if this was weeks ago, but just a few hours guys.

GP007 said,
It should be in a few hours from now till the official RC is out, why rush and install a leak that is probably older than what the RC will be at this point? I understand if this was weeks ago, but just a few hours guys.

Where was this announced?

This location feature is not new in build 9.00.8073.6018, its there already at least in 9.00.8073.6003 and 9.00.8073.6010.

SoLoR1 said,
This location feature is not new in build 9.00.8073.6018, its there already at least in 9.00.8073.6003 and 9.00.8073.6010.

Yes, I see it in my 6003

Emperatoor said,
IE9 is great! a lot better than IE8 and better than Chrome, Still not better than Firefox 4,

But I have one problem with that, why it took bad load of some sites link this: http://www.bipfa.com , why?
is it because HTML5?

I can't read the site, but it looks the same on the IE9 beta as it does on Firefox 3 for me. What's not working properly?

So then these are official Microsoft screen shots then? Someone outside of MS has it clearly, which means it has leaked from the inner dwellings of MS.

bdsams said,
So then these are official Microsoft screen shots then? Someone outside of MS has it clearly, which means it has leaked from the inner dwellings of MS.

Yes, Zuko has it. When you say that a build has "hit the web", it seems you are implying that it is available for download.

A build did "hit the web", but that was 6003

bdsams said,
So then these are official Microsoft screen shots then? Someone outside of MS has it clearly, which means it has leaked from the inner dwellings of MS.

Sure but it hasn't leaked to the web as you suggest.

"The version that hit the web is 9.00.8073.6018"

bdsams said,
po-tay-toe, po-ta-toe ( Not sure if that analogy is used in the EU)

how does that saying apply to this situation? It seems it leaked to a group, not the web as of this point

I updated the wording to clear the confusion but still stand that it has leaked, as someone does have it outside the walls of Microsoft, aka, leaked.

bdsams said,
I updated the wording to clear the confusion but still stand that it has leaked, as someone does have it outside the walls of Microsoft, aka, leaked.

Not being rude but dude jut accept when your wrong and move on, trying to get all technical with the wording just makes you look unprofessional (and big headed).

Its an interpretation, im not trying to lambaste Tom, but if someone outside of Microsoft has posted pictures of an internal build release, it has clearly been leaked. I agree on the part it may not be on your favorite torrent site (thus i updated the story) but if someone, other than Microsoft, posts screenshots of internal builds, it has leaked.

This article is suggesting that Microsoft will skip the RC and go straight to final? That seems kinda odd.

Also, IE9 competes in the mobile browser marketplace? Not sure what that sentence was supposed to mean. Mobile as in Windows Mobile 7 series?

ObiWanToby said,
This article is suggesting that Microsoft will skip the RC and go straight to final? That seems kinda odd.

Also, IE9 competes in the mobile browser marketplace? Not sure what that sentence was supposed to mean. Mobile as in Windows Mobile 7 series?

The "mobile" browser must be a typo.

ObiWanToby said,
This article is suggesting that Microsoft will skip the RC and go straight to final? That seems kinda odd.

Also, IE9 competes in the mobile browser marketplace? Not sure what that sentence was supposed to mean. Mobile as in Windows Mobile 7 series?

IE 9 gets put on WP7 later this year in the "big" update

sviola said,
Nice privacy touch on MS's part...

AFAIK, all browsers that support that geolocation feature give the same option of not allowing the site to get it. For example, Chrome and Firefox show a warning in the toolbar and allows the user to opt-out. It's pretty much a must, or websites would be able to transparently get your location.

Northgrove said,

AFAIK, all browsers that support that geolocation feature give the same option of not allowing the site to get it.

Doesn't make it any less of a good idea for MS to implement it.

Northgrove said,

AFAIK, all browsers that support that geolocation feature give the same option of not allowing the site to get it...

While all browsers that support that geolocation feature may give you the option of not allowing the site to get it, that request is made on a per site basis (saying yes presumably adds the site to a white list that can be cleared by pressing the "Clear Sites" button shown.) This option as written implies that checking the box makes it so that you are NEVER prompted on any site effectively saying no every time without having to manually do it.

Asmodai said,

While all browsers that support that geolocation feature may give you the option of not allowing the site to get it, that request is made on a per site basis (saying yes presumably adds the site to a white list that can be cleared by pressing the "Clear Sites" button shown.) This option as written implies that checking the box makes it so that you are NEVER prompted on any site effectively saying no every time without having to manually do it.


AFAIK FF support this and Chrome I just checked is also having an option to disable the geolocation

Asmodai said,

While all browsers that support that geolocation feature may give you the option of not allowing the site to get it, that request is made on a per site basis (saying yes presumably adds the site to a white list that can be cleared by pressing the "Clear Sites" button shown.) This option as written implies that checking the box makes it so that you are NEVER prompted on any site effectively saying no every time without having to manually do it.

And Chrome, Firefox and Safari all have an option to disallow every site from requesting/accessing Location Services.