Internet Explorer 9 Team: "The wait is almost over!"

It seems the Internet Explorer Team is showing signs that a Release Candidate (RC) is all but ready to be made publicly available. Over at the Internet Explorer Facebook Fan Page they have been answering fans' questions with comments like: "The wait is almost over!" and "We will have an announcement soon regarding the IE9 RC. Stay tuned!" When asked when the widely anticipated successor to IE8 will finally be made available to the masses,




And people rejoiced!

Earlier this week, screenshots of Internet Explorer 9.00.8073.6010 leaked to the web showing off a tweaked UI and the new "Do Not Track feature." Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President for Internet Explorer, has since blogged about the new feature in depth, saying:

"IE9’s Tracking Protection focuses on the issue of online tracking. Consumers on the Web are tracked every day without their awareness or permission. As a result, there is growing consumer concern and suspicion about tracking. That theme was consistent across the conversations visiting government agencies and industry groups in the United States last month as well as the conversations in Europe last week."

The Release Candidate will also include the improved UI tweaks to the tabs and buttons that we showed off earlier this week. The much improved download manager now also shows transfer speed and possibly brings closure to an area that has been seriously lacking in all previous versions of the browser.


IE9 Release Candidate

Stay tuned to Neowin for the announcement when it finally becomes available!

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the UI still hasn't grabbed my attention. i was hoping of more of a zune/metro style, with the new tab page displaying more like the quickplay view in zune, with cool animations and the ability "TO PIN TABS"

The wait to be disappointed yet again. Not gonna say this again, CHROME FOR THE WIN. Unless the final release is 10x better than the beta, I won't be using IE9. Microsoft should stick to what they're good at; operating systems, obviously not the web browser.

negroplasty said,
The wait to be disappointed yet again. Not gonna say this again, CHROME FOR THE WIN. Unless the final release is 10x better than the beta, I won't be using IE9. Microsoft should stick to what they're good at; operating systems, obviously not the web browser.

Yeah, Chrome FTW, if you like crap quality VP8 video playback with no ability to play the H.264 versions.

I'll stick to the Browser you obviously haven't even tried, IE9.

i wish tho ,if they make it an option to switch to "side tabs"

with wide screens

you have more Vertical space then horizontal

Ci7 said,
i wish tho ,if they make it an option to switch to "side tabs"

with wide screens

you have more Vertical space then horizontal

Or better yet the ability to completely customize the browser. Though this can be done via DirectUI which isn't hard.

You know some browsers on Mac actually played with this idea but in the end horizontal tabs are much more convenient.

Ci7 said,
i wish tho ,if they make it an option to switch to "side tabs"

with wide screens

you have more Vertical space then horizontal

I think this needs to be reversed!!

Ci7 said,
i wish tho ,if they make it an option to switch to "side tabs"

with wide screens

you have more Vertical space then horizontal

Opera...

AnotherITguy said,

DAVE,

You're such an optimist, at this rate we'll all be using WINDOWS 8 SP1 before firefox 4 releases.

Firefox 4, the new Duke Nukem Forever, !!!

StevenMalone77 said,

Who cares no one is talking about that here.

That's why I thought fixing it would be funny, obviously not

I still wish they could do something more with the address bar but I guess we'll have to wait for IE10 for something more. They really should look into morphing the address bar into the tabs in some fashion.

I find IE9 to be beautiful, which is a key reason I use it. The reasoning is, I have to look at the browser all day and a beautiful browser keeps my mood good, I don't think chrome looks that good and FF is downright ugly in its default config. IE9 is very fast, beating the other 'speed king' browsers in many graphics and javascript tests, and the security is very good, with the sandbox which unfortunately FF doesn't do (though you can hack it to be sandboxed or use programs that do that). I also like IE's ability to run plug-ins with a per-site prompt, so I don't go to so random page that has a flash or PDF exploit and get hosed. IE9's simplicity (re. the UI) is also refreshing.
But to each his own.

MS do us all favor and ban toolbars

they ruin the epic browser you are developing in every way

regards,

Ci7 said,
MS do us all favor and ban toolbars

they ruin the epic browser you are developing in every way

regards,


As much as I HATE toolbars, a lot of awesome free software packages the toolbar installers as a way to keep said free software....free. Gotta take the bad with the good (and de-select the "please install YourSiteHere.com Toolbar for IE and Firefox" option during install, of course).

Ci7 said,
MS do us all favor and ban toolbars

they ruin the epic browser you are developing in every way

regards,

I totally agree, the only reason to make a tool bar is push some kind of scam.

Even Bing Bar and Google Bar use dirty tricks to make people install them.


lordcanti86 said,

As much as I HATE toolbars, a lot of awesome free software packages the toolbar installers as a way to keep said free software....free. Gotta take the bad with the good (and de-select the "please install YourSiteHere.com Toolbar for IE and Firefox" option during install, of course).

to be exact i would love it if they banned ask toolbar for their shady practice

the only toolbar i find it 'remotely' okish is google

lordcanti86 said,

As much as I HATE toolbars, a lot of awesome free software packages the toolbar installers as a way to keep said free software....free. Gotta take the bad with the good (and de-select the "please install YourSiteHere.com Toolbar for IE and Firefox" option during install, of course).

because it has been abused to death

I switched to chrome after using Firefox my entire online life.

May be FF's speeds have increased, but I still feel chrome is the most lightweight n fastest browser out there.

WiCkeD SaM said,
I switched to chrome after using Firefox my entire online life.

May be FF's speeds have increased, but I still feel chrome is the most lightweight n fastest browser out there.


Same. Actually, to me its not the fast rendering speed or fast JavaScript engine which makes chrome fast. It is the UI. Damn smooth, don't lag.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Arghh! I don't care IE9. I want Windows 8! =D

Win7 just came out, so why the sudden need for Win8??? I sure hope win8 isn't coming for another 3+ years.

sava700 said,

Win7 just came out, so why the sudden need for Win8??? I sure hope win8 isn't coming for another 3+ years.


I am excited on the new UI! Can't wait XD

tanjiajun_34 said,
Arghh! I don't care IE9. I want Windows 8! =D

I wouldn't be surprised if we get a whole ton of Windows 8 news at MIX 2011 in April.

sava700 said,

Win7 just came out, so why the sudden need for Win8??? I sure hope win8 isn't coming for another 3+ years.

While Microsoft's competitors supersede them? No way.

sava700 said,

Win7 just came out, so why the sudden need for Win8??? I sure hope win8 isn't coming for another 3+ years.

My guess is two years..... at most.

sava700 said,
And?? That's hardly nothing considering the amount of updates already put out for it.
Not a great deal in the wider scheme of things? I certainly don't want 5 year gaps between OS releases.

I like that the new tabs are a bit smaller in height but why didn't they combine the stop and reload buttons? And I guess that they didn't get rid of the historic "http://";. They could have saved so much screen real estate.

tiadimundo said,
I like that the new tabs are a bit smaller in height but why didn't they combine the stop and reload buttons? And I guess that they didn't get rid of the historic "http://";. They could have saved so much screen real estate.

Many people see one button that does two different things as bad UI design. As for http it's not like you have to type it. Plus how else you would differentiate between https, ftp, etc.

Can someone, in all seriousness, enlighten me on why they like IE (current version or the 9 betas)? I switched a while ago over to Chrome (never really have liked FF due to its slow speed) and have never understood why people still use it (excluding people who have to use it for work and those who are not in the know). It seems to me that if you're a privacy fanatic, you use FF. If you want speed you use Chrome. Both FF and Chrome have comparable extensions (FF having slightly better selection and hooks for the extensions), themes and options.

What does IE offer?

ProChefChad said,
Can someone, in all seriousness, enlighten me on why they like IE (current version or the 9 betas)? I switched a while ago over to Chrome (never really have liked FF due to its slow speed) and have never understood why people still use it (excluding people who have to use it for work and those who are not in the know). It seems to me that if you're a privacy fanatic, you use FF. If you want speed you use Chrome. Both FF and Chrome have comparable extensions (FF having slightly better selection and hooks for the extensions), themes and options.

What does IE offer?

Did you even try FF4?

I imagine people who don't care for add ons or themes and just like a simple browser that caters to their needs. IE9 seems like a great improvement so if your not interested in any extras why install anything else ?

It's installed, its the default, and everything works in it.
There's no significant speed difference on my system between IE8, Chrome and Firefox. I'm sure there is some difference, but whatever it is its not noticeable in real world use on my system.
I don't use/need/want any plugins.
I don't see any compelling reason to switch to anything else, frankly.

ProChefChad said,
Can someone, in all seriousness, enlighten me on why they like IE (current version or the 9 betas)? I switched a while ago over to Chrome (never really have liked FF due to its slow speed) and have never understood why people still use it (excluding people who have to use it for work and those who are not in the know). It seems to me that if you're a privacy fanatic, you use FF. If you want speed you use Chrome. Both FF and Chrome have comparable extensions (FF having slightly better selection and hooks for the extensions), themes and options.

What does IE offer?


Security. Because IE8/9 running in Protected Mode on Windows 7/Vista has been proven to be the most secure browser in the world.

I went from Netscape -> IE ->Opera ->IE and then switch to Firefox as my maine browser until it got a bit slow. I now use IE 8 as my primary with Firefox installed as well.

I prefer not to have to install too many plugins. With the built-in accelerators (especially translator, map and search) and the built-in privacy controls (albeit manul for some features).... IE 8 won me back. I sacrificed a little speed for a couple well used features.

Most people don't even realize that there's InPrivate and InPrivate for filtering ads built into IE 8. No plug-ins.

Although I find IE8 to be rather balanced, I would like two enhancements that would definitely make it a super balanced browser imo. I little more speed (which seemed to be coming with ver 9) and automatic InPrivate (browsing and filtering). Right now you have to manually turn on the InPrivate stuff and I'd love to just have that always on (and have to turn it off manulally if needed)

ProChefChad said,
Can someone, in all seriousness, enlighten me on why they like IE (current version or the 9 betas)? I switched a while ago over to Chrome (never really have liked FF due to its slow speed) and have never understood why people still use it (excluding people who have to use it for work and those who are not in the know). It seems to me that if you're a privacy fanatic, you use FF. If you want speed you use Chrome. Both FF and Chrome have comparable extensions (FF having slightly better selection and hooks for the extensions), themes and options.

What does IE offer?


I flipped back to IE after Firefox started to turn into a crashing POS (especially on some sports sites)

majg said,
I went from Netscape -> IE ->Opera ->IE and then switch to Firefox as my maine browser until it got a bit slow. I now use IE 8 as my primary with Firefox installed as well.

I prefer not to have to install too many plugins. With the built-in accelerators (especially translator, map and search) and the built-in privacy controls (albeit manul for some features).... IE 8 won me back. I sacrificed a little speed for a couple well used features.

Most people don't even realize that there's InPrivate and InPrivate for filtering ads built into IE 8. No plug-ins.

Although I find IE8 to be rather balanced, I would like two enhancements that would definitely make it a super balanced browser imo. I little more speed (which seemed to be coming with ver 9) and automatic InPrivate (browsing and filtering). Right now you have to manually turn on the InPrivate stuff and I'd love to just have that always on (and have to turn it off manulally if needed)

You canm add the shortcut "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore" -private or Google "allways start Internet Explorer in Private" for a registry way at winhelponline blog

majg said,
I went from Netscape -> IE ->Opera ->IE and then switch to Firefox as my maine browser until it got a bit slow. I now use IE 8 as my primary with Firefox installed as well.

I prefer not to have to install too many plugins. With the built-in accelerators (especially translator, map and search) and the built-in privacy controls (albeit manul for some features).... IE 8 won me back. I sacrificed a little speed for a couple well used features.

Most people don't even realize that there's InPrivate and InPrivate for filtering ads built into IE 8. No plug-ins.

Although I find IE8 to be rather balanced, I would like two enhancements that would definitely make it a super balanced browser imo. I little more speed (which seemed to be coming with ver 9) and automatic InPrivate (browsing and filtering). Right now you have to manually turn on the InPrivate stuff and I'd love to just have that always on (and have to turn it off manulally if needed)


There is actually a Registry patch widely available which allows you turn on InPrivate Filtering on every launch of IE. Just Google "IE8 InPrivate Always On Registry Patch" and you should get a few hits to the patch and then you're good to go private

ProChefChad said,
Can someone, in all seriousness, enlighten me on why they like IE (current version or the 9 betas)? I switched a while ago over to Chrome (never really have liked FF due to its slow speed) and have never understood why people still use it (excluding people who have to use it for work and those who are not in the know). It seems to me that if you're a privacy fanatic, you use FF. If you want speed you use Chrome. Both FF and Chrome have comparable extensions (FF having slightly better selection and hooks for the extensions), themes and options.

What does IE offer?

In all due respects when was the last time you actually used Internet Explorer? why is it that every time Internet Explorer is mentioned there is always someone delving up an experience from the 6.x days and trying to claim that Internet Explorer is like that today. Yes, we know that IE6 sucks but the IE today is a different beast than it was 5 years ago.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

In all due respects when was the last time you actually used Internet Explorer? why is it that every time Internet Explorer is mentioned there is always someone delving up an experience from the 6.x days and trying to claim that Internet Explorer is like that today. Yes, we know that IE6 sucks but the IE today is a different beast than it was 5 years ago.

I [have to] use IE8 at work everyday and develop solutions to it. As a developer, IE's developer tools are still lagging behind FireBug and Chrome's built in Inspector. IE just seems less convenient: autofill doesn't seem to work as nice, the layout (okay all credit to IE9's betas for looking better) doesn't compare to Chrome's tabs on top and it's minimal yet fully functional UI (hidden status bar, one options button). I love the rolling builds of Chrome, no update boxes (FF) and no waiting 2+ years for new features (IE).

If I could rag on Chrome, it would have to be the bookmarks and their manager. The bookmarks work intuitively enough, but they don't seem as convenient. Also, Chrome's custom close/max/min buttons are laid out funny.

I feel like FF is definitely the slowest in boot time. I find all three to have comparable new tab times. I do like Chrome's omnibox. It feels natural compared to having separate address and search boxes. IE's accelerators are a nice idea, but after trying them with IE8 a number of times, I just couldn't get used to them. All I ever really need ("accelerator" wise) is Chrome's right click that wisely says either "Search [search engine] for [selected text]" or "Go to [URL that is selected text]". No more copy and pasting links from a page into the address bar and no having to hover over a specific accelerator button.

Security wise, it's hard to say who is the best. IE8/9 with Protected mode are quite good. I like Chrome's separation of processes, but I can't speak to if it really works any better than IE. Ultimately, having a good AV program is a necessity in either case and I think both programs do a nice job of preventing attacks from getting started in the first place.

If you're a light web user, then maybe IE is just fine out of the box. But, if you're online for any decent amount of time, how can you go without things like AutoPager, other extensions and themes?

To each his own, but somebody has got to explain the title of this article: "IE 9 Team - The Wait Is Over"? Who's really been waiting, anxiously, on IE9? Thanks.

mentas said,
IE9 Beta break/crash/slow on Apple site (HTML5/CSS3).
Hope this and other issues fixed on RC.

That leaked Pre-RC build has been MUCH more stable than the Beta.. oh well, RC soon

mentas said,
IE9 Beta break/crash/slow on Apple site (HTML5/CSS3).
Hope this and other issues fixed on RC.

That would be Apple's fault not Microsoft's

gawicks said,

That would be Apple's fault not Microsoft's
Why? If the page is HTML5 compliant it would actually be MS's fault (I didn't check to see if the page is compliant or not)

mentas said,
IE9 Beta break/crash/slow on Apple site (HTML5/CSS3).
Hope this and other issues fixed on RC.

Apple's website is slow on any version of internet explorer and it is on purpose. Apple wants you to download their web browser to view their site.

Rudy said,
Why? If the page is HTML5 compliant it would actually be MS's fault (I didn't check to see if the page is compliant or not)

This happens because HTML5/CSS3/etc are still draft standards. Each browser rendering engine (IE/FF/Webkit/Opera/etc.) treats different elements of this in different ways.

JSYOUNG571 said,

Apple's website is slow on any version of internet explorer and it is on purpose. Apple wants you to download their web browser to view their site.

Get your tinfoil hat ready

JSYOUNG571 said,

Apple's website is slow on any version of internet explorer and it is on purpose. Apple wants you to download their web browser to view their site.


Yes, Apple wants users to become frustrated with their website and not buy their products. You're definitely on to something!

JSYOUNG571 said,

Apple's website is slow on any version of internet explorer and it is on purpose. Apple wants you to download their web browser to view their site.


Yes, Apple wants users to become frustrated with their website and not buy their products. You're definitely on to something!

.Neo said,

Yes, Apple wants users to become frustrated with their website and not buy their products. You're definitely on to something!

Rudy said,
Why? If the page is HTML5 compliant it would actually be MS's fault (I didn't check to see if the page is compliant or not)

It could be quite possible that it is Apple programming to Webkit rather than to the standards because after all if you've taken a look at the bug database over at Webkit there is a lot of working making things compliant based on the test suite that Microsoft is developing for the W3C. Webkit HTML5 conforming? check out the test results on Microsofts IE test site - I'm a Mac fanboy but even I can see the foolishness of claiming to support standards that are in a constant state of flux and lacking in test suites to ensure conformance across the board.

A official release date would be nice to have, but I'm sure they will release a few days after FF4 is out. I'll still use both but I prefer FF

yowan said,
The tabs in the beta were better

The square address bar in the beta didn't match the rounded tabs. Now they're all squared. It makes sense.

osm0sis said,

The square address bar in the beta didn't match the rounded tabs. Now they're all squared. It makes sense.


No. Movable elements in Windows 7 do have almost always rounded corners. The beta design of the tabs was similar to the Tastbar buttons. They are in many ways similar in function and therefore should look similar, IMO.

I still miss the Hot Track Color feature on thouse tabs. Would be cool AND helpful when switching between tabs...

tiadimundo said,

No. Movable elements in Windows 7 do have almost always rounded corners. The beta design of the tabs was similar to the Tastbar buttons. They are in many ways similar in function and therefore should look similar, IMO.

I still miss the Hot Track Color feature on thouse tabs. Would be cool AND helpful when switching between tabs...


My guess is that the squared-off corners could provide a clue into some of the UI changes for Windows 8.

lordcanti86 said,

My guess is that the squared-off corners could provide a clue into some of the UI changes for Windows 8.

Exactly. They are as always designed with what's next and they make more sense in the IE9 interface as a whole, but they are horrible by themselves and IE9 doesn't fit Win7's roundness.

SHoTTa35 said,
I still rather tabs underneath for some reason

Same, and thankfully they've got an option for that too! ^^;

~Johnny said,

Same, and thankfully they've got an option for that too! ^^;

Yeah, I was planning to not use it when they didn't have the feature. Just because they didn't have the feature.

SHoTTa35 said,
Nice, can't wait to test it out as it looks much cleaner but i still rather tabs underneath for some reason

Can someone explain to me why having tabs under the address bar is so important?

To me, having tabs below the address bar just wastes screen space that can be taken up by the web page, that's why I prefer having the tabs next to the address bar.

neo158 said,

Can someone explain to me why having tabs under the address bar is so important?

To me, having tabs below the address bar just wastes screen space that can be taken up by the web page, that's why I prefer having the tabs next to the address bar.

It's just because some people have 20+ tabs open and don't have enough space on the side so they want more.

De.Bug said,
Yeah, I was planning to not use it when they didn't have the feature. Just because they didn't have the feature.

Yeah, I agree with you, man, the reason is the same for me. But what I actually mean by this is that IE9 should not loose configuration flexibility. From this point of view, IE8 rules as the most customizable version of IE ever built.

SHoTTa35 said,
Nice, can't wait to test it out as it looks much cleaner but i still rather tabs underneath for some reason

Hehe I have a feeling something is going to be fatally wrong with this, Microsoft has to many things going "right" for there not to be a failure

CosminTataru said,

Yeah, I agree with you, man, the reason is the same for me. But what I actually mean by this is that IE9 should not loose configuration flexibility. From this point of view, IE8 rules as the most customizable version of IE ever built.

I just wish they would upgrade the options dialog now. It still uses the s***ty "Internet Options" (last time i checked) which is a terrible options dialog.

De.Bug said,

I just wish they would upgrade the options dialog now. It still uses the s***ty "Internet Options" (last time i checked) which is a terrible options dialog.

It might be a "terrible options dialog" but it's designed to have ALL the options in one place.

neo158 said,

It might be a "terrible options dialog" but it's designed to have ALL the options in one place.


I don't know about you, but I would rather have an organized, nice looking options dialog than have all the options in the same place.

De.Bug said,

I don't know about you, but I would rather have an organized, nice looking options dialog than have all the options in the same place.

Only if I spent more time looking at the options instead of the webpage, it's functional and does exactly what it's supposed to do, display options!!!