Internet Explorer 9 build reveals new download manager

An early Internet Explorer 9 build has revealed a new download manager for Microsoft's popular web browser.

Screenshots of the build leaked to Chinese website Cnbeta earlier this week. The screenshots reveal a download manager for pausing and canceling downloads, a new icon for Internet Explorer 9 and what appears to be greater security control of add-ons. The new features are an early look at what features Microsoft is planning for the first beta of Internet Explorer 9. The screenshots do not reveal any UI changes apart from what appears to be a new icon. Neowin has independently verified the screenshots and we can confirm these are genuine and from a build distributed to internal and external partners.

Microsoft originally unveiled Internet Explorer 9 at PDC 2009. IE 9 will take advantage of the power of the GPU for all page rendering and developers can exploit this using CSS, DHTML and javascript. A new JS engine (codenamed Chakra) will also be built into Internet Explorer 9 with greater interoperability and standards support all round. Features such as rounded corner CSS support will be built in. In January, Neowin revealed that Microsoft is planning to enhance tabbed browsing in IE9. According to a software patent, the Quick Tabs feature in Internet Explorer is likely to be enhanced with better functionality and greater tab management options.

Microsoft is also planning broader support for HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 through its new script engine. Microsoft recently performed W3C Web Standards tests on IE9, including HTML5, SVG 1.1 2nd edition, CSS3 media queries, CSS3 borders & backgrounds, CSS3 selectors, DOM level 3 core, DOM level 3 events and DOM level 2 style. Microsoft, with the help of W3C, performed a total of 192 tests on a variety of browsers. Internet Explorer 9 scored 100% in all eight tests, while every other browser, except Firefox in DOM level 2 style tests, didn't score perfect in any of the test categories.

Microsoft originally began scouting for Internet Explorer 9 beta testers in March. In an email to testers, Justin Saint Clair - Program Manager of Internet Explorer invited testers to join a "select group of IE9 Tech Feedback participants." Neowin understands that Microsoft will introduce a beta of Internet Explorer 9 in early September.

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Excitement about a download manager is something I can not muster. Unless they do something amazing like somehow still allow downloading while offline, there really isn't much a download manager can tack on that will impress me any further.

Has Opera asked for a browser ballot screen to be included with IE9 yet? Because when you upgrade IE manually, it's unfair to other browser makers. I'm sure it won't be long before Opera demands that a box pop up during the install asking: "Are you sure you want to install Internet Explorer 9? Here are a selection of other browsers that you might want to install instead. If you go ahead and install IE, you will be REQUIRED to install another browser as well (please pick Opera!) for competitive purposes." With a link to each browser underneath.

Really, it can't be long before this happens.

Lamerz4391 said,
Has Opera asked for a browser ballot screen to be included with IE9 yet? Because when you upgrade IE manually, it's unfair to other browser makers. I'm sure it won't be long before Opera demands that a box pop up during the install asking: "Are you sure you want to install Internet Explorer 9? Here are a selection of other browsers that you might want to install instead. If you go ahead and install IE, you will be REQUIRED to install another browser as well (please pick Opera!) for competitive purposes." With a link to each browser underneath.

Really, it can't be long before this happens.

You forgot your sarcasm tags.

Maybe because the build is older than any of the preview builds we get... Maybe because it came from such an early part in the process that they couldn't do it all overnight like you want them to... By now, it probably looks very different from back then when this build was compiled, and it will continue changing until RTM.

Don't judge it. Did we judge you when you were in an embryo by calling you too small to make a difference in the world? This is way too early for you to judge.

Ci7 said,
they are still backward.

chrome/Firefox ditched separate download manager windows

well I'm running the latest nightly of minefield and there is still a separate download manager window!

it annoys the hell outta me. I'd rather have it in a separate special tab or something

Mouettus said,

well I'm running the latest nightly of minefield and there is still a separate download manager window!

it annoys the hell outta me. I'd rather have it in a separate special tab or something

it is planned feature for Version 4
most of the minefield "windows dialog" become Notification (e.g addon ,password manager )

My guess is that these are:
A. Fake
or B. An old build from early this summer. Considering that MS has stated that the UI would be overhauled, there is no way that this is the final beta build.

I don't get the fuss about download managers either. I actively prefer the way IE does it over the other browsers since it reminds me I was actually doing something.

And there have been IE add-ons that have provided a download manager facility for a long long time.

DonC said,
I don't get the fuss about download managers either. I actively prefer the way IE does it over the other browsers since it reminds me I was actually doing something.

And there have been IE add-ons that have provided a download manager facility for a long long time.


That and firefox lacks a proper 'run' option like IE comes default.
Chrome just automaticly allows a whole variety of file types to download without any confirmation...

IE downloading ftw!

somehow i never seem to like the big "Favorites" button on the left and the menu on the right. They seem to be cramping up the tabs contained within them - Bad Bad Design I would say

expect IE9 to have new UI design and other stuff,but if doesn't have while that's just not cool

Again,can't they just make IE 9 Work more smoothly since it's their own browser living insides in the very own operating system..Indeed (Curious)

cant wait till its out .. hehe made me giggle when i saw they dl a dmg file, can it be used on windows? (thinks its a iso-ish file?)

About time seriously.

There's still some features missing from IE that could make me switch from Firefox like integrated spell checker but IE 9 looks really good so far.

LaP- iSpell works just dandy in IE and has as long as I can remember.
RenegadeJr - I agree I hate them. I've only a few times ever needed one and If i do install one I tend to uninstall it a few days later. Just gets in my way.
I could give a rat's behind about any "new" feature other then say the GPU rendering and a faster javascript render engine. What I want is a webpage I make to look the same in IE and all other majors without the need of hacks. Before I get flames, it's not really MS's fault but the fault of the css standard but still. MS claims the way "they" implemented it [or my pal who works for ms in the ie dept [now moved to MediaCenter]] is the correct way and everyone else is wrong 99.9999% of the time as long as I follow true standards they look fine. But every now and then MS is a pixel off and 1 pixel is huge lol. Seriously it is a lot bigger than it sounds. But I digress. I'm all for faster, safer, more features that I most likely will never use, but for gods sake even if "they" are doing it wrong, then follow suite and do it wrong as long as it passes standars and displays the same freaking way then it's not wrong is it .

Now i must sleep.

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