Internet Explorer 9 hits RTM build

It seems that Microsoft has signed off the RTM build of Internet Explorer 9 just a few days before the final version is released to the web on Monday. According to a number of Russian sites, the RTM build is 9.00.8112.16421.110308-0330 and was compiled on March 8.

Earlier in the week, Microsoft officially confirmed that Internet Explorer 9 will be launching at 9 PM PST on March 14 as was previously predicted by Neowin back in February.

The launch will take place as part of their "Beauty of the Web" event, which will be hosted by the Internet Explorer 9 team in Austin City Limits Live. The event will begin at 9 PM on Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Moody Theater. The event will also mark a year to the day that Microsoft launched the first Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9 to developers and the public.

Microsoft also confirmed that the public would be able to download the final version of the popular browser at 9 PM PST. Users who have already downloaded the release candidate version of the browser will automatically be updated to the final version, most likely via Windows Update.

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"Microsoft also confirmed that the public would be able to download the final version of the popular browser at 9 PM PST."

which basically means i won't be seeing it til Tuesday March 15th @ 12am EST.

p.s. i am Firefox 4 user myself but ill probably get IE9 and try it out.

I kinda miss the dedicated search bar. I used to perform searches on multiple search engines, and liked how the entered search remained in there so I could easily reuse or adapt it. Now it is just gone and the best you can do is copy/paste it from one search engine to the other. I like the minimalistic interface, but it feels like they only optimized for viewing webpages and not for actually using the browser.

What's the big event in a browser that runs only on one version of platform (Win7), when chrome & Firefox run on all versions of all platforms. I don't see Chrome celebrating everytime there is a new stable version (every 2 weeks) :-)

alexalex said,
What's the big event in a browser that runs only on one version of platform (Win7), when chrome & Firefox run on all versions of all platforms. I don't see Chrome celebrating everytime there is a new stable version (every 2 weeks) :-)

It runs on Vista as well, and Windows is the main platform everyone uses. As far as chrome, well you said yourself, they release a 'major' version every other week...

alexalex said,
What's the big event in a browser that runs only on one version of platform (Win7), when chrome & Firefox run on all versions of all platforms. I don't see Chrome celebrating everytime there is a new stable version (every 2 weeks) :-)

Chrome and FF don't run on SomeObscureBSD. But my KoolBrowsa does. It's runs on every single platform that mankind ever created. If you really value being cross-platform, you should dump the limited FF and Chrome and start using my free open-sauce cross-platform KoolBrowsa!

RealFduch said,

Chrome and FF don't run on SomeObscureBSD. But my KoolBrowsa does. It's runs on every single platform that mankind ever created. If you really value being cross-platform, you should dump the limited FF and Chrome and start using my free open-sauce cross-platform KoolBrowsa!

I think you mean Lynx (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(web_browser)) , not KoolBrowsa

ie9 really is a step forward, but people, please, understand, it's just a step, i don't see any point of hype around a browser that should have been around 3 years ago.
Good jop guys in bringing IE to a modern web.

RvXtm said,
ie9 really is a step forward, but people, please, understand, it's just a step, i don't see any point of hype around a browser that should have been around 3 years ago.
Good jop guys in bringing IE to a modern web.

IE9 has best in class graphics acceleration and javascript, hard to imagine how 'best in class' should have been on the market 3 years ago, but if you say so.

RvXtm said,
ie9 really is a step forward, but people, please, understand, it's just a step, i don't see any point of hype around a browser that should have been around 3 years ago.
Good jop guys in bringing IE to a modern web.

What are you smoking? Current FF and Chrome versions are much slower and standards incompatible than IE9.

hope they fixed the memory leak sidebar and others... i dont want to change my gadges just for IE9...

mattburles said,

doubt this will leak.

Very surprised it isn't getting leaked or hasn't already.. my guess is everyone is too busy watching the news on the quake to fool with it.

sava700 said,

Very surprised it isn't getting leaked or hasn't already.. my guess is everyone is too busy watching the news on the quake to fool with it.

its out in 3 days anyway.

6205 said,
Great! Finally i will be able to destroy my eyes in no time, thanks to broken font rendering..

...Quite. Mine just drip down the screen.

6205 said,
Great! Finally i will be able to destroy my eyes in no time, thanks to broken font rendering..

The font rendering issue disappeared for me during the beta period. Firefox's ugly fonts disappeared at around beta 11. Have you tried resetting your IE settings to default?

6205 said,
Great! Finally i will be able to destroy my eyes in no time, thanks to broken font rendering..

You could try adjusting ClearType. It worked for me. It's not perfect, but it's bearable.

6205 said,
Great! Finally i will be able to destroy my eyes in no time, thanks to broken font rendering..

seriously? why are people going on about this? if you wanted to see bad font rendering, Safari when it came to windows used a HORRIBLE font renderer... it didn't match windows at all, it made everything look bolder then it should of been... its like they tried to port OS font rendeirng to windows just for safari....

Anyone know if the developer tools (F12) will still be in, along with the IE7, IE8 and IE9 selection boxes ?
Found it very useful to test CSS in and see how it renders... With the exception that the IE7 render isn't actually how IE7 renders and the mode in IE9 breaks some things

n_K said,
Anyone know if the developer tools (F12) will still be in, along with the IE7, IE8 and IE9 selection boxes ?
Found it very useful to test CSS in and see how it renders... With the exception that the IE7 render isn't actually how IE7 renders and the mode in IE9 breaks some things

I think they normally leave the developer toolbar there. Sometimes it gets moved to shift-F12.

GreyWolf said,

I think they normally leave the developer toolbar there. Sometimes it gets moved to shift-F12.


Indeed, they made it into IE8, so I doubt they will be removed.. They have become fairly standard on all browsers now..

n_K said,
Anyone know if the developer tools (F12) will still be in, along with the IE7, IE8 and IE9 selection boxes ?
Found it very useful to test CSS in and see how it renders... With the exception that the IE7 render isn't actually how IE7 renders and the mode in IE9 breaks some things

I've noticed the same difference where the IE7 renderer actually doesn't render like the real IE7 do. Having just one IE to test 7,8,9 was ace so I'm hoping that was just some problem specific to IE9.

And before anyone comments about the age of IE7: When a lot of your customers still use IE7, you still have to keep supporting it and testing it.

Flatval said,

I've noticed the same difference where the IE7 renderer actually doesn't render like the real IE7 do. Having just one IE to test 7,8,9 was ace so I'm hoping that was just some problem specific to IE9.

And before anyone comments about the age of IE7: When a lot of your customers still use IE7, you still have to keep supporting it and testing it.


in IE8 the 'compatibility mode' which is the IE7 renderer, doesnt render the same as actual IE7

Shadowzz said,

in IE8 the 'compatibility mode' which is the IE7 renderer, doesnt render the same as actual IE7

Never noticed before, but I know that the 'compability mode' in IE9 is not the same as the 'compability mode' in IE8 either... wish I could force people to migrate to better browsers =/

Flatval said,

Never noticed before, but I know that the 'compability mode' in IE9 is not the same as the 'compability mode' in IE8 either... wish I could force people to migrate to better browsers =/


Yeah true. You think you've got it bad? All of my college is still on IE6... It's an utter joke that they're still on IE6 (admittidly some are on IE7) whilst they've got Windows Server 2008 R2 on their servers!

daniel_rh said,
Nice to see that it's done, wondering if there're any change or improvement compres to the RC

there most likely will be some improvement.

SoapyHamHocks said,
Now lets hope the border around the webpages is actually fixed.

That's one of my only real complaints at this point. Come on Microsoft, you can do it!

osm0sis said,
Isn't that gray border only there when it is in Compatibility Mode?

Yes.
And if you don't want it there, create a key in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer named "No3DBorder" and set it to 1.

So it looks like I wont be going back to IE fulltime, and only because of UI button... the extensions of other browsers make this choice a lot easier.

SierraSonic said,
So it looks like I wont be going back to IE fulltime, and only because of UI button... the extensions of other browsers make this choice a lot easier.

What extension do you need?

day2die said,

What extension do you need?

Exactly, I would rather have a Web Browser that does what it's intended to do, browse the web!!!

SierraSonic said,
So it looks like I wont be going back to IE fulltime, and only because of UI button... the extensions of other browsers make this choice a lot easier.

Yes but seriously, who wants the current weather, in their web browser.

I first used IE, then went to Maxthon, then got on the Firefox band-waggon. I realised I had bloated Firefox out with crap and it was slow, so switched to Chrome. Went on to using SW-Iron but then decided the browser didn't do what I wanted it to do, so changed to Opera.
Now Opera isn't operating as I thought, but after installing the new IE-9, it's quite nice and has the features I want.

If you want to be able to see the weather, or play games, or do everything else but browse the web easily, then go for another browser

Mr Spoon said,

Yes but seriously, who wants the current weather, in their web browser.

I first used IE, then went to Maxthon, then got on the Firefox band-waggon. I realised I had bloated Firefox out with crap and it was slow, so switched to Chrome. Went on to using SW-Iron but then decided the browser didn't do what I wanted it to do, so changed to Opera.
Now Opera isn't operating as I thought, but after installing the new IE-9, it's quite nice and has the features I want.

If you want to be able to see the weather, or play games, or do everything else but browse the web easily, then go for another browser

o noes
firefox is bloated because i installed a bunch of crappy extensions...
solution: switch browsers

+1

I've switched to Chrome a few weeks ago just to give it a try until IE9 comes out. Now I think IE9 will remain my secondary browser.

mattburles said,
definately getting this on monday. how much i will use it is still questionable.

I was asking myself the same question with the Beta and then RC. Used to use Firefox for years, then Chrome but have now gone to IE(9) as my default, Chrome as secondary and Firefox just for testing (I'm a web dev). I used to go crazy about extensions and add-ons initially but with IE9 I have all my development and debugging tools built-in; love the Tracking Protection (using EasyPrivacy list from AdBlockPlus) and there is always Firefox if I need to do something really obscure once a year. I generally spend most of my time with my web browser browsing the web or debugging web pages (which IE9 does great of) and not fiddling with add-ons and with IE9 I haven't really needed to look for any extras. I'm gonna stop now as I'm starting to sound like a Microsoft sales rep