Internet Explorer 9 RC download link goes live

Before IE developers held a press conference in San Francisco to unveil the RC version of IE 9 this morning, Microsoft has released the RC for download here (x86) and here (x64).

As expected, the release candidate includes much improved tab functionality, from the new square-ish visual elements, and moveable tab bar elements to increase customization. It also includes features that enable a user to refuse tracking from advertisers.

It also promises to fix a number of remaining bugs and minor annoyances that plagued the Beta and developer previews of the browser. The newer, more stable version of the browser needs to be pretty picture perfect if MS wants to regain its market share lost to Chrome and Firefox since IE8 started faltering. 

We covered a preview of the new features here.

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I am dissapointed and will propably not use it and block it in WU. I miss favorites menu on the left side, under back button like in IE8, not on right side, opening menus ilogically out of main window. Sadly this new UI is not very well designed and feels very unpolished.

6205 said,
I am dissapointed and will propably not use it and block it in WU. I miss favorites menu on the left side, under back button like in IE8, not on right side, opening menus ilogically out of main window. Sadly this new UI is not very well designed and feels very unpolished.

agree, it needs more option for customization, the tab below option its a improvement from beta. so far the interface of ie 9 its weird

Try opening a lot of tabs quick and watch it crash! and back button still not fixed.

They seriously need to fix Toolbar and Fav bar!

I installed it at home. Though I'm not a big fun of IE it's quite impressive. The only thing I don't like is the tab bar at the right of the address bar. I've read somewhere that you can move it but a quick glance at options revealed nothing of the sort. (And I admit it was a quick glance...)

It's a pitty that MS decided to ditch out XP and I can't use it at work (or at my laptop where I have XP because Win7 have a problem with my wireless) because it looks better (and actually feels quite faster) than IE8

Beware. I installed ie9 beta, and just went to play-asia.com. then went to their 'lucky lunar new year special'. Suddenly the memory use went up.. and up.. and up.. currently at 1,775,160k K and rising according to the task manager!

Hopefully the release will be better!

crashguy said,
Beware. I installed ie9 beta, and just went to play-asia.com. then went to their 'lucky lunar new year special'. Suddenly the memory use went up.. and up.. and up.. currently at 1,775,160k K and rising according to the task manager!

Hopefully the release will be better!


Love that site, but am not experiencing any high memory usage.

ybrett23 said,
rc is very vey buggy
crashes when searching on ebay
crashes on neowin :-(
gave up and uninstalled

That's why I prefer to wait for Windows Update to tell me it's time to update. Or at least for it to be a final build!

ybrett23 said,
rc is very vey buggy
crashes when searching on ebay
crashes on neowin :-(
gave up and uninstalled

That's why I prefer to wait for Windows Update to tell me it's time to update. Or at least for it to be a final build!

HAVE THEY FIXED FONT RENDERING? IF NOT, I WILL SUE THEM FOR DELIBERATELY DAMAGING MY EYES. IF I WANTED BROKEN, UGLY, BLURRY FONTS, I WOULD USE F*CKING LINUX..

6205 said,
HAVE THEY FIXED FONT RENDERING? IF NOT, I WILL SUE THEM FOR DELIBERATELY DAMAGING MY EYES. IF I WANTED BROKEN, UGLY, BLURRY FONTS, I WOULD USE F*CKING LINUX..
lol, in yur case fonts are definitively huge lol

6205 said,
HAVE THEY FIXED FONT RENDERING? IF NOT, I WILL SUE THEM FOR DELIBERATELY DAMAGING MY EYES. IF I WANTED BROKEN, UGLY, BLURRY FONTS, I WOULD USE F*CKING LINUX..

Reduce your Anti-Alising mate. Drop it to Use Application settings

The downloader just sticks for me around 15-20%. I'm not sure why. I've tried on 2 different types of computers, but 4 different physical machines. Any ideas?

URL bar and tab bar combined - worst UI idea ever they should have made tab titles into address bars, so that when clicking on an active tab, the title of the tab transforms into URL box.

Just installed it. Looks pretty good, though it seems weird to me that the back button has the bottom cut off.

I'm experiencing a weird problem with IE9 now. I decided to uninstall IE9 RC today, to go back to IE8, so I could do a "clean" install of the IE9 RC. After it's done installing, my computer restarts, & on my taskbar, I still see the old icon for IE8, but when I open IE, it is the RC for IE9. I tried changing the icon to the new one for IE9, but nothing seems to work. Is there anything I can do to fix this problem?

The new UI actually turned out nice. But the performance lags more than I'd like it to. Sorry but other browsers still have the edge, despite their silly fish tank demos.

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