Microsoft confirms March 14 launch date for Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft today officially confirmed that Internet Explorer 9 will be launching at 9 p.m PST on March 14 as was previously predicted by Neowin back in February.

The launch will take place as part of their "Beauty of the Web" event, which will be hosted by the Internet Explorer 9 team in Austin City Limits Live. The event will begin at 9PM on Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Moody Theater.

According to the Windows Team Blog, which announced the date today, the event will also mark a year to the day that Microsoft launched the first Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9 to developers and the public.

Ryan Gavin, Senior director of Internet Explorer business and marketing also went on to say that the company have a number of additional surprises for those who head to the event. The blog also noted that Dean Hachamovitch would be the Day 1 keynoter at Mix 11 on April 12

Microsoft also confirmed that the public would be able to download the final version of the popular browser at 9 p.m PST. Users who have already downloaded the release candidate version of the browser will automatically be updated to the final version, most likely via Windows Update.

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Did they get rid of toolbar support? One of the biggest nonsense things in a browser are toolbars... toolbars toolbars... screw them. Group policy to disable them?

I hope they make the Favorites tabs square again like in the Beta, it would match the square webpage tabs, rather than randomly rounding the tabs in the Favorites and making the webpages squared..

so its being released at 9pm pacific time? thats like 11 pm here. seems kinda late for a release.

New Google Chrome 10 interface fits Windows 7 GUI better than IE9. Whole Microsoft design team should be fired...idiots.

techguy77 said,
New Google Chrome 10 interface fits Windows 7 GUI better than IE9. Whole Microsoft design team should be fired...idiots.

How about you go develop a new and better IE.

techguy77 said,
IE9 is not ready. MS is smoking crack and also IE9 interface is fugly.

completely agree... they could just leave it as ie8 and put the new engine and it would be better

I just got prompted to install IE 9 (not beta or RC) from a cdburnerXP download from this afternoon. The version it installed reports to be 9.0.8080.16413. Does anyone know if this is the final build? If so it appears you can get IE 9 today...

cclements said,
I just got prompted to install IE 9 (not beta or RC) from a cdburnerXP download from this afternoon. The version it installed reports to be 9.0.8080.16413. Does anyone know if this is the final build? If so it appears you can get IE 9 today...

RC build

I daily use Chrome, FF4, and IE9. Their speed ranks in that same order with IE9 being by FAR the slowest for me; YMMV.

Chrome for me is the fastest, but when I want some sort of custom functionality that a plugin gives me, I open up FF. I use IE9 for some things for work because the company I work for is locked in with MS products, otherwise I would not open it at all.

I hope they fix (or work with HP to fix) HP's business forums font issue. Still exists here in the RC and is still labeled a bug on the IE boards.

_dandy_ said,

Learn to spell. Problem solved.


^this, dont get why people want spellcheckers so badly even if english is not your native tongue. spellcheckers will just worsen people's grammar anyways.

Hope they fix the IPB bug.. If i post on an IPB forum it normally double posts unless i enter compatbility mode. But then the page looks wrong.

ugh. This and if the standards for HTML/CSS arn't improved i might have to go back to firefox.

Xerax said,
Hope they fix the IPB bug.. If i post on an IPB forum it normally double posts unless i enter compatbility mode. But then the page looks wrong.

ugh. This and if the standards for HTML/CSS arn't improved i might have to go back to firefox.


considering their marketshare (especially going back 10-15 years) IE 's HTML/CSS is the standard standards are set by the majority, not minority x_X

IE9 will probably cinch up the IE attrition if not reverse it altogether. Come on out from under that rock! It's nice outside, here!

Chrome will probably be up to version 20 by then, heh! Seriously, why all the hype? Its just a browser at the end of the day, nothing that will change your life. They need to redirect some of this energy to WP7, no launch party is going to stop IE's market share declining. Focus on somethng that may have a chance of succeding.

efjay said,
Chrome will probably be up to version 20 by then, heh! Seriously, why all the hype? Its just a browser at the end of the day, nothing that will change your life. They need to redirect some of this energy to WP7, no launch party is going to stop IE's market share declining. Focus on somethng that may have a chance of succeding.

Didn't IE's marketshare actually go up a bit in Feb? And now that the IE team is done with IE9 on the desktop they can move on to IE9 for WP7 fully, or at least till they start up work on IE10.

GP007 said,

Didn't IE's marketshare actually go up a bit in Feb? And now that the IE team is done with IE9 on the desktop they can move on to IE9 for WP7 fully, or at least till they start up work on IE10.

I understand the reasons they can't bring hardware acceleration to XP, but it most definitely will hinder their goal of maintaining market share for the time being until XP finally does bite the dust.

new version of IE is always welcome but i am not hyped up. IE 9 has been a disappointement fo me when it comes to render fonts properly. still using chrome 11, happy with it, only thing i am satisfied with launch of IE9 , is that i will integrate it into my iso using windows 7 rt lite.

fardeen said,
new version of IE is always welcome but i am not hyped up. IE 9 has been a disappointement fo me when it comes to render fonts properly. still using chrome 11, happy with it, only thing i am satisfied with launch of IE9 , is that i will integrate it into my iso using windows 7 rt lite.

I personally don't have an issue with the fonts - but I don't like the UI, I guess I may be in the minority though.

Byron_Hinson said,

I personally don't have an issue with the fonts - but I don't like the UI, I guess I may be in the minority though.

I like the look of the UI but I haven't got used to having go to the far right of the screen to click on certain buttons.

jakem1 said,
I like the look of the UI but I haven't got used to having go to the far right of the screen to click on certain buttons.
I too enjoy the new UI and have been using it since the Beta so I'm used to the right-sided buttons now - they match the Windows 7 systray . As for fonts, never had that issue myself either, not with the Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT on my old desktop or the ATI Radeon HD 4200 on my laptop. I made sure ClearType was set up properly on both machines though, so perhaps this is part of the issue for those who are seeing it.

I don't think this competes with Firefox, it's to basic so it's really aiming for the average person market they mostly use chrome or IE8.

IE9 is like Windows 7 and Chrome is like Apple and Firefox is like Linux if it became popular.

Personally I prefer firefox because I can tweak it a lot, chrome is rather stationary and IE9 is just a brick with a rocket on it.

Gaffney said,
I don't think this competes with Firefox, it's to basic so it's really aiming for the average person market they mostly use chrome or IE8.

IE9 is like Windows 7 and Chrome is like Apple and Firefox is like Linux if it became popular.

Personally I prefer firefox because I can tweak it a lot, chrome is rather stationary and IE9 is just a brick with a rocket on it.

How is IE9 basic or a brick with a rocket in it? So much claims but nothing to back them up. I call fud, Firefox fanboy.

Since we're talking browsers and websites, is there some way to get neowin to default show all posted comments instead of a few like it seems to be doing now? I hate scrolling down and then having to hit show all comments which in IE9RC reloads the page and takes me back to the top.

IE9RC was doing that for awhile on my end, but now it's back to autoloading again. No clue what changed... Try disabling the EasyList Adblock TPL perhaps? That is something I did recently since I have AdMuncher as well.

Heh... This date, and the days left for baking Firefox 4 sounds like they're getting *real* close to each other. Firefox RC1 is expected any day now, and unlike Microsoft, Mozilla actually treats a Release Candidate as a true candidate for release. So RC1 could very well end up being identical to the final release. (i.e. how Opera does it too - if Opera X.XX RC2 is good enough, they simply rename the build name and re-release it)

With this schedule, I think Mozilla may just have enough time for a Firefox RC2 and still be first, although that should be a close call.

This date fits so well with Firefox 4's release, that IE 9 and Firefox 4 may even be released on the same day in final versions.

Of course, I don't think it really matters which one is first given that they'll both be so close to each other anyway.

Northgrove said,
Heh... This date, and the days left for baking Firefox 4 sounds like they're getting *real* close to each other. Firefox RC1 is expected any day now, and unlike Microsoft, Mozilla actually treats a Release Candidate as a true candidate for release. So RC1 could very well end up being identical to the final release. (i.e. how Opera does it too - if Opera X.XX RC2 is good enough, they simply rename the build name and re-release it)

With this schedule, I think Mozilla may just have enough time for a Firefox RC2 and still be first, although that should be a close call.

This date fits so well with Firefox 4's release, that IE 9 and Firefox 4 may even be released on the same day in final versions.

Wait, what? Since when does MS not treat RC's as real release candidates? If there's no big bugs and changes that need to happen a MS RC is as close to the final as you can get. And really a RC to final build will have changes, it's meant for looking for problems and fixing them.

Northgrove said,
Heh... This date, and the days left for baking Firefox 4 sounds like they're getting *real* close to each other. Firefox RC1 is expected any day now, and unlike Microsoft, Mozilla actually treats a Release Candidate as a true candidate for release. So RC1 could very well end up being identical to the final release. (i.e. how Opera does it too - if Opera X.XX RC2 is good enough, they simply rename the build name and re-release it)

With this schedule, I think Mozilla may just have enough time for a Firefox RC2 and still be first, although that should be a close call.

This date fits so well with Firefox 4's release, that IE 9 and Firefox 4 may even be released on the same day in final versions.

Of course, I don't think it really matters which one is first given that they'll both be so close to each other anyway.

No way will Firefox 4 be out before ie 9. QA said they need a additional 1-2 weeks before final ship.

mattburles said,

No way will Firefox 4 be out before ie 9. QA said they need a additional 1-2 weeks before final ship.


well FF4 has been announced for March 13th

lordofangels said,
9pm, so that will be daft o'clock Tuesday Morning UK time.

Same for me - though it'll still be there when you wake up, not worth staying up for is it!

lordofangels said,
9pm, so that will be daft o'clock Tuesday Morning UK time.

Well it'll be out and waiting for you when you wakeup, so that's one thing.

"The blog also noted that Dead Hachamovitch would be the Day 1 keynoter at Mix 11 on April 12"

Is that some kind of hate coming out in a Freudian slip or just a simple typo?? I'm guessing that should be DEAN Hachamovitch :-)

mog0 said,
"The blog also noted that Dead Hachamovitch would be the Day 1 keynoter at Mix 11 on April 12"

Is that some kind of hate coming out in a Freudian slip or just a simple typo?? I'm guessing that should be DEAN Hachamovitch :-)

I think I killed him off a bit early there! Cheers though lol

Anyone else think they are rushing it a bit?
It still crashes fairly often and wordpress still hasn't been fixed in the RC along with various other bugs.
Would rather they take their time and get it right, or else change their habits and actually get updates out quickly.

the better twin said,
Anyone else think they are rushing it a bit?
It still crashes fairly often and wordpress still hasn't been fixed in the RC along with various other bugs.
Would rather they take their time and get it right, or else change their habits and actually get updates out quickly.

Hasn't crashed for me once, well, maybe one tab that I can think of but that reloaded and worked fine. What's the problem with wordpress exactly?

the better twin said,
It still crashes fairly often and wordpress still hasn't been fixed in the RC along with various other bugs.

Used to crash on my machine too until I installed the latest version of Flash Player ... Works like a charm now ...

Z Warrior said,

Used to crash on my machine too until I installed the latest version of Flash Player ... Works like a charm now ...

Speaking of flash player I have run into a weird problem/bug where a video will start playing fine but once I go into full screen i lose video but still get audio. Then once I exit back out of full screen the video shows fine and plays. This doesn't happen always, but I did update to a newer flash player version (i had 10.2.xxx but there was a newer 10.2 it seems). Dunno if it's fixed now.

the better twin said,
Anyone else think they are rushing it a bit?
It still crashes fairly often and wordpress still hasn't been fixed in the RC along with various other bugs.
Would rather they take their time and get it right, or else change their habits and actually get updates out quickly.

No crashes here either... WordPress is WordPress's problem, most likely. Neowin and the WoW community site were broken until recently too. Apparently there was a problem with jQuery 1.5.1. (Not sure if that was the Neowin issue)

Z Warrior said,

Used to crash on my machine too until I installed the latest version of Flash Player ... Works like a charm now ...

most browser crashes, FF, IE or Chrome are related to flash instable piece of junk. Good thing allot of Flash can be replaced with HTML5 (which is unfortunally taking forever)
in the meantime. Go silverlight!

Shadowzz said,

most browser crashes, FF, IE or Chrome are related to flash instable piece of junk. Good thing allot of Flash can be replaced with HTML5 (which is unfortunally taking forever)
in the meantime. Go silverlight!

I agree that Silverlight is better than Flash in this respect. But its Linux counterpart MoonLight is a useless piece of junk. Even worse than Flash. Flash wins over there ...

Lamp0 said,
come celebrate the beautiful of the web... with our new crippled font renderer.

uh same font renderer that DirectWrite uses? so that would be the same one windows uses now just hardware accelerated

neufuse said,
uh same font renderer that DirectWrite uses? so that would be the same one windows uses now just hardware accelerated

DirectWrite does sub-pixel rendering. It's made for 300 DPI screens. (that's the WPF team's words, not mine)

Aethec said,

DirectWrite does sub-pixel rendering. It's made for 300 DPI screens. (that's the WPF team's words, not mine)

Think of subpixel rendering as ClearType.

Skwerl said,

Think of subpixel rendering as ClearType.

Don't think. See the difference (between GDI ClearType and DirectWrite ClearType), if you can.

mahara said,

Don't think. See the difference (between GDI ClearType and DirectWrite ClearType), if you can.

DirectWrite and ClearType look exactly the same on my screen... sure they do it slightly different, but sub pixel rendering is what cleartype uses also... but when I am 1ft away from my 20" LCD they look the same to me

neufuse said,
uh same font renderer that DirectWrite uses? so that would be the same one windows uses now just hardware accelerated

Windows 7 still uses GDI+ for text rendering and performs ClearType subpixel rendering. Not DirectWrite.

mattburles said,
any chances of this leaking early?

Thought about that myself. My guess is MS is gonna be pretty tight with this, but who knows, would be fun if we saw a leak.

mattburles said,
any chances of this leaking early?

Not really much point worrying with it just being five days away, that and the fact it won't differ much from the RC

GP007 said,
So MS is spot on with it's one year release cycle then. Guess we can expect the next version next year as well.
I hope that they rapidly integrate some form of Extensions identical to Chrome. As long as Chrome offers AdBlock, which is seriously the best way to block malware if you stay on the safe side of the internet, and FlashBlock, while IE does not, then I cannot shift to IE.

IE9 is an amazingly fast browser and I never got a crash out of it, plus it offers interesting ActiveX filtering, but until Extensions enter into the fray I just won't use it (and, to be fair, Chrome did not launch with support for Extensions either).

I do look forward to its introduction on Windows Phone. I fully believe that it will be the best mobile browser.

pickypg said,
I hope that they rapidly integrate some form of Extensions identical to Chrome. As long as Chrome offers AdBlock, which is seriously the best way to block malware if you stay on the safe side of the internet, and FlashBlock, while IE does not, then I cannot shift to IE.

IE9 is an amazingly fast browser and I never got a crash out of it, plus it offers interesting ActiveX filtering, but until Extensions enter into the fray I just won't use it (and, to be fair, Chrome did not launch with support for Extensions either).

I do look forward to its introduction on Windows Phone. I fully believe that it will be the best mobile browser.

The channel 9 vid on the IE blog shows that they'll have something new to talk about at MiX in April, I'm thinking it'll either be IE9 for WP7 or a new round of platform previews for IE10! Hell, it might be both actually.

I'm also interested to see what sorts of further customization of Windows Phone devices will be supported. Some devs have gotten creative in this area (one interesting example, in the form of a win-a-ticket-to-MIX contest, inspired some neat customizations at http://bit.ly/ggR9XD), and I'm wondering if Microsoft will see that as an interest and offer more native customization options in the future.

ahhell said,
Sweet. I'm lovin' me some IE9....now it just need to kill all the bloody ads.

You could just use your Hosts file to block most of them - I've made a little app than runs on starup & keeps the list it up to date (Obviously you will need local admin access without UAC) - Let me know if you want it.

Edit - Forgot to mention - it uses the same sources as AdFree on Android

flexkeyboard said,
Truste is just a whitelist and doesn't do anything.

I read if one explicitly allows sites and another blocks, the allow gets precedence. So technically it does something...something horrible.

flexkeyboard said,
uh...it's built in jeezy, why pay for something that is already free? Go to the official IE9 page here: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdr...rotectionLists/Default.html, add the first 3 list. Truste is just a whitelist and doesn't do anything. For additional protection, go here instead: http://tpl.funkydude.co.uk/.

I get what you're saying. However does your method block the ad elements as well so that it makes it look like the ads were never actually there? Just curious.