Internet Explorer 9 RC to launch on February 10

Microsoft has just sent out media invites to an Internet Explorer 9 event on February 10th. The announcement will take place in San Francisco.

Earlier today, screen shots of IE 9 build number .6018 began surfacing on the web which indicates that someone outside of Microsoft now has a copy of that build. It was expected that an RC build was going to be released today, according to our good pal Tom Warren, but it not looks as if Microsoft is going to turn this launch into a major media event.

“Members from the Internet Explorer team (and some special guests) will be visiting San Francisco in two weeks to share some important news. I know it’s an extremely busy news week already, but we’re hoping you can join us.”

Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of IE 9 as it attempts to remain competitive in the browser marketplace. For Microsoft, IE 9 represents its latest attempt to remain the browser king while it fights off contenders Firefox, Chrome and a host of others. If Microsoft does not find a way to stop users from leaving the platform, its marketshare will continue to drop until it is no longer the market leader.

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Ohh... installed ie9.0.8073.6003 on my 3 PCs and Apple site still breaking. Also MS IE blog site broken sometimes.

Hope Feb 10 it will be fixed.

PASWORD MANAGER!! - Bookmark sync!! - and tons more...
Every other Browser has way more useful features as standard now than IE, so get with the times Microsoft.

LOL special event for a "RC" LOL
Microsoft is getting late for Phones, Tablets and Browser.

Oh please, fix breaks on Apple (...and others) sites and add missing HTML5/CSS3 features.

Well since it's not going down today I've decided to upgrade to the newest leaked build from the first leaked build even though Feb 10th isn't that far away really.

fardeen said,
not excited but will always welcome a new IE. i have turned to chrome a very long time ago and not turning back

Yeah, same here, but competition is good for everyone.

I hope they allow us to keep all those built-in privacy controls turned on without using a reg hack to do it automatically.

I like IE8 for the built-in features without having to add plugins and whatnot, however, speed is sacrificed which seemes to be vastly improved in the build I'm using. However, please, allow us to better utilize InPrivate browsing and filtering.

I think Firefox did so well with word of mouth and more savvy users putting it on family computers for use over IE. I think the negative stigma against IE will lessen now and their share will go up as there is less need to install another browser. Some people will eventually swing back to IE9 while other will stick with Firefox and Chrome as they like particular features.

"but it not looks as if Microsoft is going to turn this launch into a major media event."
Shouldn't that be "now looks"?

It'll be interesting to see if IE can claw any market share back.
Personally I don't think it will, it might stop losing market share, but I don't think it'll go up.

philcruicks said,
"but it not looks as if Microsoft is going to turn this launch into a major media event."
Shouldn't that be "now looks"?

It'll be interesting to see if IE can claw any market share back.
Personally I don't think it will, it might stop losing market share, but I don't think it'll go up.

Well, things just can't be reversed all of the sudden... I think they have the target of IE9 set on stop losing rather than re-gaining market shares. I just hope more goodies would come after IE9 (maybe IE9.5 or IE10?)

Cool, about time they caught up but I hope they don't fall behind again after giving it such a good go.

Are we going to see more regular updates or are we still looking at long developments ?

You don't always want to be playing catch up.

jimmyfal said,
Hope they fixed the stability, not holding my breath.

I've not been able to properly test the speed due to thing, every page hangs for me. I guess the RC will basically be the final product due to the date which is still around two weeks away. Looks like firefox 4 and IE9 will be released in the same month.

Gaffney said,

I've not been able to properly test the speed due to thing, every page hangs for me. I guess the RC will basically be the final product due to the date which is still around two weeks away. Looks like firefox 4 and IE9 will be released in the same month.

Don't know what you guys talk about, IE9 beta barely crashes on me, facebook usually gives a lot of problems on it but thats it.

Gaffney said,
Looks like firefox 4 and IE9 will be released in the same month.

I'd expect at LEAST a month between an RC and final release from Microsoft. IE9 may manage to squeeze out before the end of the first quarter but I'd be impressed.

Beastage said,

Don't know what you guys talk about, IE9 beta barely crashes on me, facebook usually gives a lot of problems on it but thats it.


Facebook crashes all the time on me and I'm not even running IE9 (IE8 on Win7 x64). FB might not be a great site to test IE9's stability.

Beastage said,

Don't know what you guys talk about, IE9 beta barely crashes on me, facebook usually gives a lot of problems on it but thats it.

In my experience facebook gives a lot of problems no matter what browser you're using.

jimmyfal said,
Hope they fixed the stability, not holding my breath.

I have it on three machines. Two desktops, the third a notebook. On the notebook, its highly unstable and the issues I work around change everytime I upgrade the video driver(NVidia). The desktops are rock solid, hasn't skipped a beat even after like 8 video driver updates(ATI). Without a notebook with ATI graphics or a desktop with Nvidia, I can't really confirm that its video related.