Japanese Internet Explorer 9 launch delayed

Microsoft Japan today announced the postponement of the Japanese release of Internet Explorer 9 to an unspecified future date. In a press release, Microsoft Japan pointed to the recent earthquake as being one of their reasons for the delay, as well as an effort to reduce the load on network bandwidth at such a critical time.

Internet Explorer 9 is set to bring a wave of new features to Microsoft's browser, including HTML5 and CSS3 improvements, an updated interface, improved JavaScript performance, and many other improvements. Originally, the browser had been scheduled to go live at 1PM on March 15th in Japanese time, but the company halted their plans with just hours to go. Microsoft extend their sympathies to those effected by the earthquake in Tōhoku and hope to be able to recover as quickly as possible.

A Google-translated version of the press release is below.

To everyone affected by the earthquake off northeastern Taiheiyou this time, I would like sincere sympathy.
Microsoft Japan, this time due to the earthquake, and to reduce the load on network bandwidth has become a critical communications infrastructure, including consideration of saving the company activities, March 15 (Tuesday) at 1:00 pm (Japan time) had been scheduled to date browser, Internet Explorer (R) decided to postpone 9 of the Japanese version of the retail offer. (Other than the Japanese version will be available as scheduled)

The new date for delivery as soon as I guide decision while watching the recovery status.

In conjunction with this, March 17 (Thursday) We also postpone or cancel the decision of the retail offer commemorative events are scheduled. We also guide decisions about again.

And apologize for any inconvenience that the great determination this time to everyone, thank you for your cooperation and understanding of everyone understanding.

Recovery as soon as possible, We wish.

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eilegz said,
it should be delayed worldwide, they still need to fix the interface which its a mess in ie9...

No it's not, the interface is fine and is the most compact (by default) interface of all the browsers so far. Much improved on previous versions.

dotf said,

He doesn't understand the principles under which it was built.

yeah a bad photoshopped interface in the first place right?, lack of customization...

Jombi said,
I feel like a cold hearted ****** for lol'ing at the wave reference.

A little dark-humor is fine from time to time as long as it's not too much.

GP007 said,

A little dark-humor is fine from time to time as long as it's not too much.

Of course is fine if you're American or even worst... Briton! Keep it up, guys! Can't stop laughing. You're extremely funny. Thank you!

Deo Domuique said,

Of course is fine if you're American or even worst... Briton! Keep it up, guys! Can't stop laughing. You're extremely funny. Thank you!


What on earth was that Briton remark supposed to mean?

Makes sense, SquareEnix shut off FFXI, and FFXIV for the time being to honor the request of the power company(s) to conserve as much power as possible. the company's indicated there not enough power going around.

amon91 said,
My thoughts are with them. They probably have the equivalent of IE10 by now anyway.

How so? This isn't engineering 20-30 years ago. Software isn't more advanced in one country than another, nor does Microsoft Japan have a completely separate team building a completely separate version of Internet Explorer. Japanese IE is just a localized version of the exact same thing every other country will be getting.

Joshie said,

How so? This isn't engineering 20-30 years ago. Software isn't more advanced in one country than another, nor does Microsoft Japan have a completely separate team building a completely separate version of Internet Explorer. Japanese IE is just a localized version of the exact same thing every other country will be getting.

and build in freakporn

Jerome Green said,
My copy of Ie9 keeps crashing. So I am sticking with firefox.

It's still in RC phase. . . . If I were you, I'd give the final version a try before you decide to stay with Firefox.

Jerome Green said,
My copy of Ie9 keeps crashing. So I am sticking with firefox.

My RC install hasn't crashed at all. Do you mean the whole browser crashes or just a specific tab? Maybe it's a plug-in or some poor JS coding from a site you visited?

Jerome Green said,
My copy of Ie9 keeps crashing. So I am sticking with firefox.

There isn't reason to leave FF. Stick with and keep IE as secondary for special situations or just for fun. IE will get tremendous amount of downloads anyway cause is considered as a part of the OS. So, just do the update like millions of people and let it in permanent hibernation mode.

HoseB said,
"Internet Explorer 9 is set to bring a wave of new features to Microsoft's browser"

"WAVE" Really?

Or sweep Windows users like a Tsunami.

HoseB said,
"Internet Explorer 9 is set to bring a wave of new features to Microsoft's browser"

"WAVE" Really?

Have to say I lol'd.

Tom said,

Have to say I lol'd.

All Americans "loling" actually. Anything else is hypocrisy or even fake prayers. Even if it was about "Katrina", to be fair, but the commentators were from another state, still they will "loling".

Edited by Deo Domuique, Mar 14 2011, 1:39pm :

hagjohn said,
+1 ... great concern that some have for their fellow man.

It's ok. You have to forget their ignorance. This is a google translation afterall.

It makes sense. The country has bigger things to deal with right now than the latest instalment of an Internet Browser.

alexalex said,
"an effort to reduce the load on network bandwidth at such a critical time"

What load ?

It's not hard to understand really. Their infrastructure is badly affected/badly damaged and any unnecessary load like a Japanese version of a web browser launch can wait. Lest they have their priority's right.

alexalex said,
"an effort to reduce the load on network bandwidth at such a critical time"

What load ?

There was an earthquake and tsunami just in case you missed that...