Leaked video of old Internet Explorer 9 build

Hot on the heels of Microsoft starting to advertise Internet Explorer 9 there is now a leaked video (first picked up by Softpedia) of the browser demoing the user interface and speed. Despite looking like a fake video, Neowin understands the video is of an old, internal build of Internet Explorer 9 which was given to employees to test.

In the video, it can be seen that the user interface bears a resemblance to the leaked image of Internet Explorer 9 from last month but features older icons, gradients and buttons. Neowin has been informed that the leaked image is how Internet Explorer 9 will look when released as a beta next week. Therefore, the video above doesn’t display an accurate image of how Internet Explorer 9 will appear.

The rendering engine used for this build of Internet Explorer 9 appears to be the same as the most recent version of the developer platform preview of Internet Explorer 9. The speed at which the browser loads and functions in the video is expected to be similar to how quick the beta version will be.

Microsoft is holding a press event next week in San Francisco where they will show people Internet Explorer 9 and release a beta version. They have been telling people to “get ready for a more beautiful web”.

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All that whining about the tabs beside the URL box, are you guys really that stupid to think that Microsoft decided it was a good day to put tabs in a a location where there is limited space? Give them SOME credit will ya...sigh. And even if they allow you to do this, I'm 1000% sure it's can be customized. The lack of intelligence in the comments section of Neowin is mind boggling at times....

one question I still have is that is IE 9 going to differ for Vista than 7? If this video and previous leaked screenshots are real I can only assume they are going to be optimizing it for Aero Snap and Superbar tab previews. Obviously this can't be done in Vista though

They could be more creative. If they wanna have tab bar beside adress bar, why not combine them? Put adress bar directly INTO tab with small edit icon. By defaul there could be a regular name of the page, but clicking on edit icon could switch to adress bar with some animation.
Also they should combine stop and reload button...

I don't like also that popping window. It should appear as a tab, or at least as a window within tab, like in Opera.

Low fps scores indicates this maybe a skinned version of Firefox. I agree with Long Zen in that opinion.
So, I still think the GUI image leak and this video are not IE9 beta real GUI. We'll see.

DaveGreen said,
Low fps scores indicates this maybe a skinned version of Firefox. I agree with Long Zen in that opinion.
So, I still think the GUI image leak and this video are not IE9 beta real GUI. We'll see.

It's obviously Virtual PC;)

DaveGreen said,
Low fps scores indicates this maybe a skinned version of Firefox. I agree with Long Zen in that opinion.
So, I still think the GUI image leak and this video are not IE9 beta real GUI. We'll see.

If you look at the framerate readouts, most of the demos hover at around 30FPS. It's just a slow video capture (probably due to the demos being run).

UHYVE said,

If you look at the framerate readouts, most of the demos hover at around 30FPS. It's just a slow video capture (probably due to the demos being run).

I don't think so

When maximized on my 23" monitor, IE can place about five or more tabs where there is no text being displayed on the address bar (yeah - wasted space). In other words, people are a bitchin about something they shouldn't be.

DClark said,
When maximized on my 23" monitor, IE can place about five or more tabs where there is no text being displayed on the address bar (yeah - wasted space). In other words, people are a bitchin about something they shouldn't be.

Only 5 tabs? I use opera as my default browser and easily have 20 or more tabs open (at the same time in the same window, sometimes I even have 50 tabs). So obviously 5 tabs isn't enough for everyone. How do you think these tabs would look in IE? Each tab 5px width or the first 5 next to the adressbar and tab 6 underneath the adressbar? I'm not certain I would like any of those options...

Edit: I think the video looks really fake

Edited by sirnh1, Sep 8 2010, 8:30am :

Finally some competition between browsers. Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft - took ya long enough. The previews have not impressed me one bit. Basically it has just been IE8 with a few added features, so I'm not holding my breath. I leave the hard-ons to the fanbois that get erections just a mention of MS.

Frankenchrist said,
Finally some competition between browsers. Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft - took ya long enough. The previews have not impressed me one bit. Basically it has just been IE8 with a few added features, so I'm not holding my breath. I leave the hard-ons to the fanbois that get erections just a mention of MS.

+boing

sept 15 is too far away.

Frankenchrist said,
Finally some competition between browsers. Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft - took ya long enough. The previews have not impressed me one bit. Basically it has just been IE8 with a few added features, so I'm not holding my breath. I leave the hard-ons to the fanbois that get erections just a mention of MS.

What part of the previews were IE8? The part where the browser had no UI at all and all navigation had to be done via the Page->Open dialog?

geoken said,
What part of the previews were IE8? The part where the browser had no UI at all and all navigation had to be done via the Page->Open dialog?

Perhaps he's referring to his inability to navigate to HTML5 test pages, or pages which were made to exploit the features of the new rendering engine.

If all you do is visit google, facebook and neowin it can be difficult to tell any browser apart.

Even though I love Chrome, I think it's fantastic both Microsoft and Mozilla are competing to make a solid product again.

The only downside is that it being for Vista and 7 only is that the buisnesses who can't be bothered (and I dislike) and are STILL on the 9 year old XP will stay with IE8 which eventually get's old

TechDudeGeorge said,
The only downside is that it being for Vista and 7 only is that the buisnesses who can't be bothered (and I dislike) and are STILL on the 9 year old XP will stay with IE8 which eventually get's old

And why do you care about businesses?

IMO it looks bad. I can't help myself. Even Chrome 6 or upcoming Firefox 4 looks better. Tab bar beside address bar is a bad decission. You will have adress bar with some webpage and right beside it a large tab again with webpage name. Confusing... Not to mention the fact that those tabs are looking bad. Bad color, bad design, bad bad bad I'm afraid i will be dissapointed...

6205 said,
IMO it looks bad. I can't help myself. Even Chrome 6 or upcoming Firefox 4 looks better. Tab bar beside address bar is a bad decission. You will have adress bar with some webpage and right beside it a large tab again with webpage name. Confusing... Not to mention the fact that those tabs are looking bad. Bad color, bad design, bad bad bad I'm afraid i will be dissapointed...

MS has done a LOT of research on usability and interface design.. so i'm sure they have a really good reason for the tabs beside the address bar. The video nor the screenshot showed the use of the tab bar.. all we know so far is that they have 'tear-off tabs' (which is something I've been looking for a while.. which would work awesome in Win 7). I think the tabs probably get resized or maybe move down as more tabs get added. As IE9 wont be available for WinXP, I'm sure it'll use some nice transition effects using WPF for that too.

6205 said,
IMO it looks bad. I can't help myself. Even Chrome 6 or upcoming Firefox 4 looks better. Tab bar beside address bar is a bad decission. You will have adress bar with some webpage and right beside it a large tab again with webpage name. Confusing... Not to mention the fact that those tabs are looking bad. Bad color, bad design, bad bad bad I'm afraid i will be dissapointed...

I agree that they have to find a way to eliminate the duplicated page title -- right now it appears in the tab and in the title bar. They should find a way to fuse them.

Tabs next to address bar is OK *IF*:
- I can resize the address bar, giving more space for the tab area.
- I have a widescreen monitor.
- The tabs will collapse into icons if they run out of space.

AND:

- I don't prefer that the tab area should move under the address bar when they overflow. It should only stay in one consistent spot.

- For the reasons mentioned above, I think that the tabs should be merged with the title bar just like Google Chrome and Firefox 4 Beta.

- LONG TERM: Windows 8 should offer a global solution to applications with Tabbed UI.

thenonhacker said,

<strong>I agree that they have to find a way to eliminate the duplicated page title -- right now it appears in the tab and in the title bar. They should find a way to fuse them.


Still they have to work more on address bar. It looks out of place right now.

Everything is nice, except tabs next to the address bar, that's not cool, you have two maybe three tabs before you can't read the titles on any of the tabs any more. They should just do what chrome does and put tabs on top, or at least make it an option. I want to use IE9 but probably won't if the final ships with tabs in that location, I'll just stick with chrome and wait for chrome developers to add full GPU acceleration.

astroX said,
I still can't stand the tabs next to the URL bar

Its a shame cause it really is writes off the whole browser for me.

astroX said,
I still can't stand the tabs next to the URL bar

I think there's more to them being next to each other than you think. Of course this is just a guess of mine and since this is an old build it's using the current address bar from IE8 but I think they might actually merge the address bar into the tabs. It would expand a little so you could type an address etc when you need it and then maybe shrink back to a tab when you don't/it's not in focus.

This is just a guess though, but I think it makes sense and could be the reason tabs in these old builds are next to the address bar and not below or above it.

GP007 said,

I think there's more to them being next to each other than you think. Of course this is just a guess of mine and since this is an old build it's using the current address bar from IE8 but I think they might actually merge the address bar into the tabs. It would expand a little so you could type an address etc when you need it and then maybe shrink back to a tab when you don't/it's not in focus.

This is just a guess though, but I think it makes sense and could be the reason tabs in these old builds are next to the address bar and not below or above it.

I've watched a concept video that makes me think this is exactly the case. The address bar is a part of the tab... except I don't see how that works in this video that seems to have both the bar and the tab, but the leaked image does fit the theory

burnblue said,

I've watched a concept video that makes me think this is exactly the case. The address bar is a part of the tab... except I don't see how that works in this video that seems to have both the bar and the tab, but the leaked image does fit the theory

Well, we'll know next week, but I think it doesn't look that way because that's still the old/current IE address bar and not a newer one. It seems the engine is PP4 going by the Acid 3 score, but that was released back in July or w/e. This build cool be from back then I bet, so 2 months later who knows how it looks now. Even that leaked image is probably over a month old.

thealexweb said,

Its a shame cause it really is writes off the whole browser for me.


Even if the bar can be moved below the location bar?

thealexweb said,

Its a shame cause it really is writes off the whole browser for me.

What the tabs section is now a toolbar and you can move it anywhere you want? I agree that at first I thought it looked strange, but new things always take time to sink in. Most of the time I only have 2 or 3 tabs per window so it would probably work fine for me. If it doesn't work for you then hopefully there is a way to move it. Also, keep in mind that monitors are almost all widescreen these days and they keep getting bigger and bigger, that means you have more horizontal room.

Krome said,
Acid Test at 95% is impressive. My Firefox 3.6.8 scores 94%.
Yes it's impressive but I tried it with other browsers, Chrome Canary and Safari 5.1 give a 100/100. But it's a LOT better than IE8(which started doing funny things). Firefox 4 beta 5 gives a 97 now, but none of them really runs the animation smoothly.

FMH said,
Yes it's impressive but I tried it with other browsers, Chrome Canary and Safari 5.1 give a 100/100. But it's a LOT better than IE8(which started doing funny things). Firefox 4 beta 5 gives a 97 now, but none of them really runs the animation smoothly.

It will never get 100. The tests required to achieve those final 5% involve implementing deprecated standards.

Krome said,
Acid Test at 95% is impressive. My Firefox 3.6.8 scores 94%.

I will never understand why everyone makes such a fuss about these tests. They have 0 impact on end users. The only people I can see caring about the tests are the browser developers and those who maintain the standards. The developers clearly to test how well their browser renders to the standard. The standards people to see if major browsers as a whole have chosen to not impairment a feature then maybe it is time to remove it from the standard. I can see web developers as a distant 3rd having an interest, but at the end of the day they have to real-world test their page on all major browsers, fussing about one browser not properly supporting a standard might make them feel better but at the end of the day they just have to figure out a way to make it work. End users???? I just don't get it. That would be a little like checking the vacation policy at Toyota before choosing to buy a car.

Well for starters, your on a tech website and we have a fair few web developers on here, so it makes sense they would be happy about this.

And yes, it does effect end users in that if a developer can't rely on a feature existing on X browser, they simply won't add it to their websites which makes those who do have browsers that support the feature suffer.

Hopefully tabs next to the address bar won't stay. I understand it saves horizontal space but they can compensate by removing the use of the caption bar and drawing elements there.

Panda X said,
Hopefully tabs next to the address bar won't stay. I understand it saves horizontal space but they can compensate by removing the use of the caption bar and drawing elements there.

It actually consumes horizontal space. It saves vertical space. Hopefully that vertical space can still be filled by the dozens of useless toolbars I've accumulated over the years.

Panda X said,
Hopefully tabs next to the address bar won't stay. I understand it saves horizontal space but they can compensate by removing the use of the caption bar and drawing elements there.

Its most likely that when many tabs are open, the tab bar will move down (or up for ToT). I cannot imagine that any UI designer would keep the tab bar there and make only 5 tabs visible at a time.

Panda X said,
Hopefully tabs next to the address bar won't stay. I understand it saves horizontal space but they can compensate by removing the use of the caption bar and drawing elements there.

It may just be a toolbar that you can put anywhere you want.

I really think IE9 might pull me back to the IE camp. I'd even use the Platform Previews if they had tab support

Ambroos said,
I really think IE9 might pull me back to the IE camp. I'd even use the Platform Previews if they had tab support
I use it as my default browser:)

Ambroos said,
I really think IE9 might pull me back to the IE camp. I'd even use the Platform Previews if they had tab support

+1