IE 9 RC gets the preview treatment

Microsoft is expected later today to release the RC candidate of IE 9. There is an event being held in San Francisco that will act as the launch party for the new browser. Microsoft is excited about the new browser as it will bring many new features, a new look, and other updates to help set itself apart from other browsers who currently are filling the market.

Winrumors got its hands on the RC version and has posted up a complete review of the new release which you can read about here, but we have pulled out a few key highlights from the review. 

A couple of the big new features include tracking protection and an ActiveX filter option. The new tracking protection is a privacy feature that allows consumers to turn off being tracked on the web. Winrumors writes, "Internet Explorer 9 RC offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers."

The ActiveX filter option is exactly what it sounds like; it allows you to filter ActiveX controls during your browsing session. It's another security enhancement brought to the platform that will help protect the end users.

Finally, it appears that IE 9 RC will score 95/100 on the Acid 3 test and the build number expected to be released later today is 9.00.8080.16413.

Image Credit: Winrumors.com

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I still think that squashing the tabs up there was a retarded decision, seriously, am I missing something here? What if you have like 15 tabs open, it's going to be unusable. -_-

Holy canoli, that Google ads horrible white rectangle kills my eyes. That's the most important reason why i wouldn't use IE.

after trying ie9, im impressed with the speed and performance, but the UI definitely need more work, the foward and back button seems so out of place, the stop and reload button on the left inside the url bar its not good instead should be fusioned and put next to back and foward, more customization option seem to be needed, I welcome the option to put the tabs below which its a big improvement compared to the beta.

I'm glad they cleaned it up a bit, so far much less lag looks a little bit nicer and better web page rendering (finally rounded corners work, sort of). But it still doesn't fit in with the rest of windows 7 looks a little too metro-ish. But nice to use overall .

Panda X said,
I wish MS would get Acid to 100. They've come all this way and it's been at 95 since Preview 4.

They score 95 on a test of 100 where the other 5 things aren't part of the HTML5 spec. So they failed the non-conforming test, nobody cares there.

SHoTTa35 said,

They score 95 on a test of 100 where the other 5 things aren't part of the HTML5 spec. So they failed the non-conforming test, nobody cares there.


Indeed. When IE9 fails a relevant version of the Acid 3 test, then you can complain.

SHoTTa35 said,

They score 95 on a test of 100 where the other 5 things aren't part of the HTML5 spec. So they failed the non-conforming test, nobody cares there.

Oh. I didn't see what the failed test were. It's ok then.

I like being able to move the tabs to another row (although I prefer above) and I like moving the refresh and stop to the left hand side of the screen, instead of the right. the font is a little wonky though.

Seeing my comments directly after they've been posted on Neowin has been fixed too

Also, looks like DISQUS commenting on blogs is fixed as well.

Hmm i take that part about neowin comments back. Still not seeing my reply about them working after some time, and several page refreshes..

the better twin said,

No it cant

You are right. I hit default in x64 when it popped up at the bottom of the screen but it defaults to x32.