IE 9 RTM has at least one difference when compared to the RC

Later today Microsoft will launch the much anticipated IE9 and with it will come with at least one small additional feature over the RC that was released a few weeks back. While there is no 100% confirmation yet that the build this was discovered on is the actual RTM, but if the rumors hold true, this will be the version released later today.

MSwin.me got its hands on build (9.0.8112.16421) and only discovered one change. This build brings a small addition of "Go to pinned sites" on the settings drop down menu. The reviewer states that unfortunately the link is not working, it is fathomed that when Microsoft does launch the RTM later today, that link will be live.

Other than that small update, there appears to be no other major changes to the platform. The reviewer states that this build still maintains the speed and stability of the RC and that the benchmarks from the RC do not differ from those of the final version.

We should note that it is possible this is an old build as we don't not have a current way to verify this information. But the reviewer is reliable with information in the past so we have reason to believe that this is accurate information.

You can read the full review here, but it is in Russian.

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I thought the current RC was supposed to be automatically updated? There is nothing on windows update and launching the RC does not prompt for an update. FYI version 9.0.8080.16413 (RC)

techguy77 said,
Why is Back Button cut off?

because it seems that microsoft its incapable of realize that after so many feedbacks, some say its metro UI based, other say its a feature, but in the end it looks ugly and out of place, they rather release it without the round corner surround the back sign

techguy77 said,
Why is Back Button cut off?

Because it makes it look nicer, in general. The back button is similarly cut off in the 'Now Playing' mode of the Zune software.

Does anyone know if the new version of Bing is coming out? It is suppose to go live as well with Internet Explorer 9 release.

MaSx said,
oh I see, they still haven't fixed the big fat "Back" button. That's Microsoft for you!

yup the first thing that someone see that its wrong of the unpolished UI, and it have been like that from before beta build, so much feedback but 0 fix

Someone find me a hack to put the current browsers title in the Title bar. Thats is such a waste of real estate. Not to mention the amount of mouse movement needed to see what the title is by hovering over it. I dont like reading [Neowin.net - IE 9 RTM Has ... X].

"Go to pinned Sites" could be useful but not entirely sure it's necessary if I pin my most important sites on the taskbar. I'm glad more sites are taking advantage of jumplists. I set up news feeds from bing using keywords and like the ability to pin to taskbar.

just look the back button i mean seriously why not put a squared shape or something..why put a BIG and HUGE circle that the main body will cut

JustAnotherTechie said,
Because it matches the Metro style UI elements, which we've learnt in the last few days are definetly being incorporated at least into the Win8 Aero Basic.

So? I fail to see why Internet Explorer 9 should fit in with an unreleased operating system and clash with the two operating systems it runs on today...

JustAnotherTechie said,
Because it matches the Metro style UI elements, which we've learnt in the last few days are definetly being incorporated at least into the Win8 Aero Basic.

Incidently, it's also basically what Longhorn looked like in the early days, big back button, tiny forward button. Ie, http://www.thevista.ru/files/images/gallery/4053/04_sm.jpg

im not against the back button of that size but how is it displayed, the circle itself its cutted, if they wanted to imitate someone just look how it is implemented by firefox.
if they didnt fix that its because they dont really want to polish their UI

Hideous.... If I want a UI like this, I'll go to Google Chrome. I'll stick with Firefox 4. I've been very dissapointed latley with Microsoft and I'm a fanboy!

zeta_immersion said,
I find myself using IE less and less ... I just do the updates and then forget about it ... mainly FF and Opera

Agree

I can confirm these statements and the information. The build is real, speed is fast. And I haven't noticed any other changes too...

the better twin said,
Well they could have tidied up the menus/favourites bar at least. Feels unfinished.

I don't see the problem with the favorites bar. It usues the standard light blue color that's used throughout Windows.

floopy said,

I don't see the problem with the favorites bar. It usues the standard light blue color that's used throughout Windows.

It uses the same colour as IE 7 and IE 8. They could have at least made it transparent. Or like the menu bar used in Windows 7. Open up Windows Explorer where the organizer and new folder buttons are. You can see it's more glossier and looks better than this colour.

That's it? no wonder IE is losing market share.

Bill or Steve if you read this I am looking for a new profession I know I can out perform your current IE management team.

SpyCatcher said,
That's it? no wonder IE is losing market share.

Bill or Steve if you read this I am looking for a new profession I know I can out perform your current IE management team.

I'm sure you can..

SpyCatcher said,
That's it? no wonder IE is losing market share.

Bill or Steve if you read this I am looking for a new profession I know I can out perform your current IE management team.


It sounds like you haven't been keeping up to date with all of the changes from IE 8 to IE 9. IE 9 is a major improvement.

Callum said,

It sounds like you haven't been keeping up to date with all of the changes from IE 8 to IE 9. IE 9 is a major improvement.

I am not sure what you mean A major improvement over what? IE8 or the competitors?

SpyCatcher ... it was pretty obvious from what he said. From IE8. *And* relative to the competitors, in various aspects.

Besides, if you want to know, why not look it up? Arguing from ignorance doesn't help much.

Well, for now I can confirm that the IE9 RC rendering engine is quite a bit faster than the FF4 rendering engine, and it does have another big difference.... all fonts on IE9 are antialiased and don't look like **** when having big font sizes. Of course there's more stuff IE9 can be improved at, but it's a huge difference from before.

Kirkburn said,
SpyCatcher ... it was pretty obvious from what he said. From IE8. *And* relative to the competitors, in various aspects.

Besides, if you want to know, why not look it up? Arguing from ignorance doesn't help much.

Not to sure you understand the jest of my comment - I am poking fun at a product that took to long to develop, to long to bring to market. A good guess vulnerabilities will be discovered within a few days, it will be weeks or months before they are fixed.

Edited by xendrome, Mar 15 2011, 8:55pm :

SpyCatcher said,

I am not sure what you mean A major improvement over what? IE8 or the competitors?

Do you mean it's catching up to safari?

So it still looks ugly. I mean I like the new UI. But turn the bookmarks bar on. How horrible does it look with the rest of the new UI. When it's still looking old and gray!

TechDudeGeorge said,
So it still looks ugly. I mean I like the new UI. But turn the bookmarks bar on. How horrible does it look with the rest of the new UI. When it's still looking old and gray!

That's at least something I wouldn't care about. The bar is only good for like 4 links before it gets messy anyways. And those sites, I pin them so I they're even easier to find + it's much cleaner and organized. Want more favorites, use the favorites explorer(Alt+C)

TechDudeGeorge said,
So it still looks ugly. I mean I like the new UI. But turn the bookmarks bar on. How horrible does it look with the rest of the new UI. When it's still looking old and gray!

Ugh, I hate those bookmarks bars, just wasted space! Looks pretty good to me this way.

Graimer said,

That's at least something I wouldn't care about. The bar is only good for like 4 links before it gets messy anyways. And those sites, I pin them so I they're even easier to find + it's much cleaner and organized. Want more favorites, use the favorites explorer(Alt+C)

Are you serious? I have 30 sites on my favourites bar and find it really useful (just change the widths to icons and it just shows the favicons of the site (similar to pinned sites but doesnt take up as much room).
Shame it only feels half finished to me with all the old menus/file explorers.

.Rik said,

Ugh, I hate those bookmarks bars, just wasted space! Looks pretty good to me this way.

I have it turned off in Safari as well, but I agree with TechDudeGeorge. If you enable the Internet Explorer 9 favorites bar it looks pretty bad.

TechDudeGeorge said,
So it still looks ugly. I mean I like the new UI. But turn the bookmarks bar on. How horrible does it look with the rest of the new UI. When it's still looking old and gray!
+1

the better twin said,

Are you serious? I have 30 sites on my favourites bar and find it really useful (just change the widths to icons and it just shows the favicons of the site (similar to pinned sites but doesnt take up as much room).
Shame it only feels half finished to me with all the old menus/file explorers.

"4" was just to illustrate.. but most people don't do like you and have 30 sites there. Most people(except us tech-people) likes it as clean as possible, not one single toolbar or anything, and the same goes for the majority of buisnesses. Microsoft would rather priorites those then "the few" that want's lots of tools, widgets and bars.

Graimer said,

"4" was just to illustrate.. but most people don't do like you and have 30 sites there. Most people(except us tech-people) likes it as clean as possible, not one single toolbar or anything, and the same goes for the majority of buisnesses. Microsoft would rather priorites those then "the few" that want's lots of tools, widgets and bars.

I have 6 items pinned there and no they're not websites, they're RSS feeds. To me it looks like it did in IE8, I really don't care as much, if they fix it they fix it, if not I won't lose sleep over it.

Graimer said,

Most people(except us tech-people) likes it as clean as possible, not one single toolbar or anything, and the same goes for the majority of buisnesses.
Sorry have to disagree with you there. I think techies are the most likely to keep their stuff organized and clean. Do you know how many user computers I've walked up to that have 6 frickin' toolbars installed!! Including the always crappy "Ask.com" toolbar, "MyWebSearch", "Shopping Saver", "Comet Cursors", "MyCoupons" or some other crap!?! Half their screen is toolbars. I'm like, "Doesn't this bother you??" They always say they just ignore it which makes no sense to me. It would drive me nuts to work like that all day.

Tim Dawg said,
Sorry have to disagree with you there. I think techies are the most likely to keep their stuff organized and clean. Do you know how many user computers I've walked up to that have 6 frickin' toolbars installed!! Including the always crappy "Ask.com" toolbar, "MyWebSearch", "Shopping Saver", "Comet Cursors", "MyCoupons" or some other crap!?! Half their screen is toolbars. I'm like, "Doesn't this bother you??" They always say they just ignore it which makes no sense to me. It would drive me nuts to work like that all day.

Ditto. When I've asked they havent a clue what they are or have been trained into using one of the search boxes provided. The reply usual comes with a "my computer seems to be running slow though" afterwards.