Internet Explorer 9.00.8073.6010 screenshots leak to web

Russian website winreview.ru has gotten hold of a more recent build of IE9 that is expected to land as the public Release Candidate on January 28.

This build, numbered 9.00.8073.6010 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110113-2300), features notable UI tweaks, sharper edges on the tabs, and more focus on the webpage by removing the thick border under the tabs. Tabs can also be moved under the address bar and the most frequently visited sites page has also seen an overhaul. Also added to the new build is the new "Do Not Track feature." more on that here.


IE9 Public Beta


IE9 Release Candidate

Other improvements include the build hitting 95% on the Acid 3 test and scoring 116 on HTML5 compliance, whereas the public beta only managed 96 points.

For more images and a sucky Babel Fish translation, click here, and thanks to GP007 for the tip in our forums. Intenet Explorer 9 is certainly shaping up, and we're looking forward to trying it out!

Images credit: Winreview.ru

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How is this news? It a scree shot of a toolbar with squared rather than rounded tabs. The title of this article is a little more than misleading.

IE 9 is still slower than syrup on Windows 7 x64. I wish Microsoft would pull their head out of their ass and realize speed is important too. Chrome kills it.

nifke said,
try translate.bing.com

What?!


And that people complain/compliment the look all the time... They should focus on more important things like better add-on support where users can design their own themes easily and such.

Also, why do they keep changing all the time?

Darkmiss said,
Will they ever add a password manager, So i don't have to go hacking about in the registry if i miss-click ?

+1.

Darkmiss said,
Will they ever add a password manager, So i don't have to go hacking about in the registry if i miss-click ?

Oh, my assumption was that one set of credentials replaced another if you went to a website and put details into it - that isn't the case? If the details sit in the registry then it surprises me that someone has written an extension as to allow easier management of said passwords.

I guess the lack of password manager can be placed in the same category as their decision not to provide a global spell checker out of the box with Windows - or are they going to only add it to new frameworks rather than resuscitate frameworks that are on their way out (in terms of active development/enhancement)?

ie9 beta really sucks on my dell studio 1557 (with win 7 64bit)....crashes crashes crashes. What type of computer do i need to run this ****?

Faisal Islam said,
ie9 beta really sucks on my dell studio 1557 (with win 7 64bit)....crashes crashes crashes. What type of computer do i need to run this ****?

It should run so it's either user error or you're doing it wrong.

Faisal Islam said,
ie9 beta really sucks on my dell studio 1557 (with win 7 64bit)....crashes crashes crashes. What type of computer do i need to run this ****?

It uses hardware acceleration, so you may need to check your drivers.

Panda X said,
Still at 95 since Platform Preview 4. Go on Microsoft get a full 100.

Windows should be square as well (by default)....maybe Windows 8.

Panda X said,
Still at 95 since Platform Preview 4. Go on Microsoft get a full 100.
The last 5 "points" of the Acid 3 test is in regards of a dropped spec, the SVG Fonts spec. The IETeam has said that they will not support a dropped HTML5 Spec, since they already support EOF and WOFF.

Panda X said,
Still at 95 since Platform Preview 4. Go on Microsoft get a full 100.

I think you're confusing % with raw score.

The post shows 96 points since platform preview 4, and 116 points for RC1, which is 95%.

dotf said,

I think you're confusing % with raw score.

The post shows 96 points since platform preview 4, and 116 points for RC1, which is 95%.


No, he's talking about Acid 3. You're talking about HTML5.

Cool, will match my Windows 7 theme! Still don't like the address bar placement though, but at least it doesn't look like ass.

thenonhacker said,

Seriously? Rounded to Square Tabs is a big issue to you?

Considering the fact the IE9 "chrome" has almost nothing on it, yes the tabs do make a difference. They stand out a lot.

thenonhacker said,

Seriously? Rounded to Square Tabs is a big issue to you?

did anybody mention the tabs corners?
i was pointing the gradient on it. It doesnt go with the rest of the IE9 UI.

Thanks for the tab tweaks, but please consider the following:

1. Text rendering is horrible. It's blurry, fuzzy and hard to read.
2. Reduce titlebar padding.
3. Reduce size of the "back" button.

Educated Idiot said,
Thanks for the tab tweaks, but please consider the following:

1. Text rendering is horrible. It's blurry, fuzzy and hard to read.
2. Reduce titlebar padding.
3. Reduce size of the "back" button.

Definitely agree with number 3, I hate the oversized back buttons that IE and Firefox decided to switch to. At least with Firefox you can use other themes, but with IE you're stuck with it.

I think they modeled them after this guy: http://www.cs.utah.edu/~swilde/hsw/bubs.PNG

Well it'd be nice if there were different theme options or skins so everyone can have the tabs or layouts he/she wants. Takes care of that.

I'm wondering if the ability to subscribe to RSS feeds based on the webpage you're viewing is available (like in the previous versions), spell check (should be included), or if the quirk where you delete your history but past links still show up in the address bar has been fixed.

Ideas Man, you can change the search behavior to not return top results. Just go to add-ons.

This really annoyed me too, what are they thinking that the first result is always the right one?

I love how you can now move the tabs under the address bar (Didn't like them sharing the same row at all), but how about including the option to turn the search box back on as well. I hate the integrated address bar, because I frequently switch providers for different purposes, and it sucks that the query gets sucked up and replaced by the page address, making minor modifications to an existing query a lengthy task.

Ideas Man said,
I love how you can now move the tabs under the address bar (Didn't like them sharing the same row at all), but how about including the option to turn the search box back on as well. I hate the integrated address bar, because I frequently switch providers for different purposes, and it sucks that the query gets sucked up and replaced by the page address, making minor modifications to an existing query a lengthy task.

+1
That is my issue with the integrated search bar. if they reverted to the original query when using the shortcut key CTRL+E that would be a nicer option imo.

All I'm asking is that it doesn't crash after 2 seconds I've opened it.
I installed it to see if my site would be compatible with IE9 (it wasn't with IE8), but I simply can't test it. The worst thing is that I have just installed a fresh, legit version of Windows 7 Pro, and that even http://www.msn.com (the homepage) doesn't work. There are enormous graphic glitches and incredible stability flaws in the current version. I hope I'm the only one in the world with all these problems, because there's no way right now I can keep IE9 open for more than 10 seconds.

PyX said,
All I'm asking is that it doesn't crash after 2 seconds I've opened it.
I installed it to see if my site would be compatible with IE9 (it wasn't with IE8), but I simply can't test it. The worst thing is that I have just installed a fresh, legit version of Windows 7 Pro, and that even http://www.msn.com (the homepage) doesn't work. There are enormous graphic glitches and incredible stability flaws in the current version. I hope I'm the only one in the world with all these problems, because there's no way right now I can keep IE9 open for more than 10 seconds.

keyword in all of this: beta.

PyX said,
All I'm asking is that it doesn't crash after 2 seconds I've opened it.
I installed it to see if my site would be compatible with IE9 (it wasn't with IE8), but I simply can't test it. The worst thing is that I have just installed a fresh, legit version of Windows 7 Pro, and that even http://www.msn.com (the homepage) doesn't work. There are enormous graphic glitches and incredible stability flaws in the current version. I hope I'm the only one in the world with all these problems, because there's no way right now I can keep IE9 open for more than 10 seconds.

Sounds like a problem with GPU acceleration, try updating the drivers or enable software rendering in the options.

I appreciate that the majority of browsers are going for a minimalist GUI as opposed to the bloat route adopted by most other pieces of software.

spacer said,
That looks horrific.

Everyone has a personal opinion. I think IE9/FF4/Chrome all look horrific.

Edited by Rigby, Jan 25 2011, 1:07pm :

TRC said,

Everyone has a personal opinion. I think IE9/FF4/Chrome all look horrific.

Yes, but it seems that a lot of your personal opinion comes from bias

Tekkerson said,

Yes, but it seems that a lot of your personal opinion comes from bias

How so? I have nothing against Google or Microsoft, it's just that I don't like the minimalist style they are all copying from each other now. I love how Firefox 3 and SeaMonkey 2 look, and I liked IE 1-6 before they got all weird with the UI.

Basically I want a traditional browser layout and I don't want the tabs stuck up in the title bar, no menu bar, etc. Yeah it might make it easier for grandma to use it but it's not for me.

TRC said,

Not me, I hate the dumbed down copycat interfaces they're all using. Glad there's Seamonkey.

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/3905/seamonkey.png

a slimmer theme of that for firefox would be great.. and yeah i hate chrome, opera and the firefox 4 new default interface, tabs above url bar its so bad, at leats we can edit it on firefox, on chrome you cant and opera we have to hack it to get it below

eilegz said,

a slimmer theme of that for firefox would be great.. and yeah i hate chrome, opera and the firefox 4 new default interface, tabs above url bar its so bad, at leats we can edit it on firefox, on chrome you cant and opera we have to hack it to get it below

That's actually an older version I think, the latest SeaMonkey looks nicer (better color). I did some checking though and found one pretty close for Firefox called "Past Modern". The one in the screenshot also has large icons turned on so you could make it slimmer if you want.

TRC said,
Basically I want a traditional browser layout and I don't want the tabs stuck up in the title bar, no menu bar, etc. Yeah it might make it easier for grandma to use it but it's not for me.

I don't see it as dumbed down. In fact, the bloated UI is more dumbed down since everything is there, labeled, and readily available to click on.

The minimalist UI is long overdue. I've used full-screen mode ever since its invention. I want the web page, not the browser UI.

thartist said,

What a sucker. Right click and activate Tabs below address bar and Show Menu Bar and you'll have your classic Firefox look again in a second. But trying to look alternative is cool, isn't it?

That ability was just added back and you still can't do that in other browsers like Chrome, and it's only one small part of what I don't like about the appearance. In any case my opinion on a browser is no reason to insult me, but trying to look like an internet tough guy is cool, isn't it?

devHead said,
I have to say, I like the squared tabs better. They look cleaner to me.

+1, the new tab looks horrible. Remember the old IE7, it has exactly the same design and I have always hated it...

"is expected to land as the public Release Candidate later this month on the 28th of January"
How could it be later this month if it's on FRIDAY XD

On

I hope they made some improvements on the favorites bar & pane too because it looks a bit wierd.

DrScouse said,
lol, but I prefer the look of the beta over the RC!

"Lol?" Was there something terribly funny in the article, or do you use "lol" like punctuation?

IE9 won't get 300/300 on html5 test, don't dream of that happening, maybe in IE10. It supports most of the more important parts of the draft HTML5 spec which makes it a much more usable browser and the speed improvements since IE8 are enormous so IE9 for the average user will be a huge leap forward.

torrentthief said,
IE9 won't get 300/300 on html5 test, don't dream of that happening, maybe in IE10. It supports most of the more important parts of the draft HTML5 spec which makes it a much more usable browser and the speed improvements since IE8 are enormous so IE9 for the average user will be a huge leap forward.

Well, unless they do a 9.x update before WIn8 hits, which they should since IE is on it's own schedule now, we'll have to wait for WIn8 I guess.

torrentthief said,
IE9 won't get 300/300 on html5 test, don't dream of that happening, maybe in IE10. It supports most of the more important parts of the draft HTML5 spec which makes it a much more usable browser and the speed improvements since IE8 are enormous so IE9 for the average user will be a huge leap forward.

html5test is pointless anyway. Bonus points? Points for WebGL? Seriously?

Aethec said,

html5test is pointless anyway. Bonus points? Points for WebGL? Seriously?

WebGL is under the "related specs" section. Bonus points are awarded for non-essential parts of the spec. Why is it "pointless"?

Anyway, I recommend beta.html5test.com over the normal one. Most importantly, it tests the specs more accurately, and also supports comparisons: http://beta.html5test.com/results.html

Aethec said,

html5test is pointless anyway. Bonus points? Points for WebGL? Seriously?

Agreed. html5test.com is not doing the html5 specification any good. It's just causing confusion by including unrelated things.

Aethec said,

html5test is pointless anyway. Bonus points? Points for WebGL? Seriously?

Spot on. Html5test has nothing to do with W3C standards. It's designed specifically to make WebKit browsers - Safari and Chrome - look better.

I haven't used IE9, but I presume the tabs can drop down to their own row in the toolbar, correct?
Having them bunched up in the corner like that looks like a usability nightmare for me!

hotdog963al said,
I haven't used IE9, but I presume the tabs can drop down to their own row in the toolbar, correct?
Having them bunched up in the corner like that looks like a usability nightmare for me!

thats good news it seems that it can move also the position of the stop and reload button.. its great that we can edit or customize the interface

DonC said,
Yes, that feature is known to exist in IE9 now.
Oh wow, it wasn't always included? Seems like a pretty crazy UI move to me, surprised they did it.

Roobaj said,
Did they also overhaul the options menu? Did they add a spell checker?

DETAILS DETAILS please.

Same questions here. A menu overhaul is really a must !

Roobaj said,
Did they also overhaul the options menu? Did they add a spell checker?

DETAILS DETAILS please.


I'm dispatching the Neowin Mobile to break into Microsoft HQ as I am typing this!!!

Jarrichvdv said,
But I'm still a little bit disappointed on the HTML5 score?

Come on IE9 Team! Make the HTML5 Score Perfect to the MAXIMUM EPIC SCALE!!! *cheers*

thenonhacker said,

Come on IE9 Team! Make the HTML5 Score Perfect to the MAXIMUM EPIC SCALE!!! *cheers*

Thats actually really hard considering that HTML5 is not done yet, so whatever they do will probably be obsolete when HTML5 comes out, unless they constantly update.

De.Bug said,
Thats actually really hard considering that HTML5 is not done yet, so whatever they do will probably be obsolete when HTML5 comes out, unless they constantly update.

If you'd like me to complicate things further, the WHATWG don't even call it HTML5 any more. It is just "HTML" now, because the spec is continually updated. While some sections of the spec are "done," others aren't.

Jarrichvdv said,
Those must be the most beautiful tabs I've ever seen ^^

I have to agree. They're very nice.

Jarrichvdv said,
Those must be the most beautiful tabs I've ever seen ^^

They do look nice.. I just wish that you could close tabs that were not active.

Lachlan said,
They do look nice.. I just wish that you could close tabs that were not active.

Erm...you can. Middle-click inactive tabs to close them.