Microsoft confirms IE9 public beta is arriving in September

Microsoft said on Thursday that it's currently readying an Internet Explorer 9 public beta for September.

According to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans the software giant was originally targeting late August for the public beta but this date slipped slightly. Although Microsoft officials didn't confirm the exact date for the public beta, Neowin believes this will be September 2.

Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner announced the public beta date at the annual Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 29. Screenshots of an early build of Internet Explorer 9 leaked to the web earlier this week. The screenshots revealed that Microsoft is planning a download manager and add-on manager for Internet Explorer 9.

Microsoft originally unveiled Internet Explorer 9 at PDC 2009. IE 9 will take advantage of the power of the GPU for all page rendering and developers can exploit this using CSS, DHTML andjavascript. A new JS engine (codenamed Chakra) will also be built into Internet Explorer 9 with greater interoperability and standards support all round. Features such as rounded corner CSS support will be built in. In January, Neowin revealed that Microsoft is planning to enhance tabbed browsing in IE9. According to a software patent, the Quick Tabs feature in Internet Explorer is likely to be enhanced with better functionality and greater tab management options.

Microsoft is also planning broader support for HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 through its new script engine. Microsoft recently performed W3C Web Standards tests on IE9, including HTML5, SVG 1.1 2nd edition, CSS3 media queries, CSS3 borders & backgrounds, CSS3 selectors, DOM level 3 core, DOM level 3 events and DOM level 2 style. Microsoft, with the help of W3C, performed a total of 192 tests on a variety of browsers. Internet Explorer 9 scored 100% in all eight tests, while every other browser, except Firefox in DOM level 2 style tests, didn't score perfect in any of the test categories.

Microsoft originally began scouting for Internet Explorer 9 beta testers in March. In an email to testers, Justin Saint Clair - Program Manager of Internet Explorer invited testers to join a "select group of IE9 Tech Feedback participants."

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download manager is cool but we still need:

- integrated spell check
- password manager

as for the addons, IE8 addons manager is too cluttered, making it as simple as firefox would be cool + need to make them easier to make and not like installing a whole program.

Like the first post, I can't wait either;I hope the browser will have a completely new interface as that and a downloadmanager are clearly required to battle Chrome. After what I've seen from Microsoft the past months (even year) I'm sure they'll succeed in bringing something special.

MrPink said,
Actually it's going to arrive mid-August.

There wasn't any Microsoft product ever that hasn't leaked onto the web.

The first line of the article MrPink is:"Microsoft said on Thursday that it's currently readying an Internet Explorer 9 public beta for September."
It means it's an official statement.

MrPink said,
Actually it's going to arrive mid-August.

There wasn't any Microsoft product ever that hasn't leaked onto the web.

lol I hope it does I was just talkin about it in the previous topic.

FMH said,

The first line of the article MrPink is:"Microsoft said on Thursday that it's currently readying an Internet Explorer 9 public beta for September."
It means it's an official statement.


facepalm.
did you read what I said?

I'm getting restless to see the UI . I wonder what surprises do they have under there sleeves. So far so good.
I have a question if any one would be kind enough to answer it as I a bit new to technology. How do companies make money on browsers when they give them away for free?

FMH said,
I'm getting restless to see the UI . I wonder what surprises do they have under there sleeves. So far so good.
I have a question if any one would be kind enough to answer it as I a bit new to technology. How do companies make money on browsers when they give them away for free?

Well, there are many explanations, but I suggest you watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAthDJA9eaw

FMH said,
I have a question if any one would be kind enough to answer it as I a bit new to technology. How do companies make money on browsers when they give them away for free?

IE technically is not a free standalone product though, it's a Windows component. Part of the money you pay for Windows goes to fund IE. Same with money you pay for other Microsoft products and services. Pretty much everyone ends up paying something for IE. Even if you don't even own a PC, you pay for it through your taxes. In that sense it differs somewhat from the competitors, since those don't have any products used by "everyone" that money can be funneled from. Few things in this world are actually free.

hdood said,

IE technically is not a free standalone product though, it's a Windows component. Part of the money you pay for Windows goes to fund IE. Same with money you pay for other Microsoft products and services. Pretty much everyone ends up paying something for IE. Even if you don't even own a PC, you pay for it through your taxes. In that sense it differs somewhat from the competitors, since those don't have any products used by "everyone" that money can be funneled from. Few things in this world are actually free.
And Google gets their money from ads, and Mozilla gets a lot of money from Google... MS is not alone here.

\o/

I hope plug in support similar to Firefox and Chrome is a big feature. It just seems a bit half assed or not supported in IE8. Does the free community at large just not want to support MS for obvious reasons, could that be a reason for it being so lacklustre in IE8 ?

OceanMotion said,
\o/

I hope plug in support similar to Firefox and Chrome is a big feature. It just seems a bit half assed or not supported in IE8. Does the free community at large just not want to support MS for obvious reasons, could that be a reason for it being so lacklustre in IE8 ?

Maybe you haven't looked hard enough. There's tons on the official IE addons site: http://ieaddons.com/en/

OceanMotion said,
\o/
I hope plug in support similar to Firefox and Chrome is a big feature. It just seems a bit half assed or not supported in IE8. Does the free community at large just not want to support MS for obvious reasons, could that be a reason for it being so lacklustre in IE8 ?

The plugin model in IE is based on COM and is considerably more complex. It was designed for professional programmers.

Also, IE does not give you carte blanche to rewrite the HTML, like you can in Chrome or Firefox. You can sort of work around this for specific applications (such as Flash blocking or ad blocking), or by writing your own proxy. This does not work as well. And it's also considerably more complex.

qdave said,
Can't wait!

It's a beta; it's bound to have bugs. After my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, I think I will wait till the final version.

WV2MJR said,

It's a beta; it's bound to have bugs. After my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, I think I will wait till the final version.


An application beta is a wee bit less risky then a Operating System (or service pack) beta.

Asmodai said,

An application beta is a wee bit less risky then a Operating System (or service pack) beta.

This is true, I used both beta and RC builds of IE7 and IE8 before with very little problems actually. If you can install this side by side with IE8 like you can with the platform previews that'd be even less to wory about.

WV2MJR said,

It's a beta; it's bound to have bugs. After my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, I think I will wait till the final version.

It's called a VM, look into it.

WV2MJR said,

It's a beta; it's bound to have bugs. After my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, I think I will wait till the final version.


Web browser betas actually use to be pretty usable for daily browsing.

I'm on the Google Chrome dev channel and don't use to have too many major problems, and that's even more risky than using just betas. Firefox 4 Beta 1 also seem to be pretty good.

WV2MJR said,

It's a beta; it's bound to have bugs. After my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, I think I will wait till the final version.

The moral of this story: never test a beta OS on your main rig

Northgrove said,

Web browser betas actually use to be pretty usable for daily browsing.

I'm on the Google Chrome dev channel and don't use to have too many major problems, and that's even more risky than using just betas. Firefox 4 Beta 1 also seem to be pretty good.

Agreed, I am currently using Chromium as my main browser. And apart from an occasional crash. It's really stable.

WV2MJR said,

It's a beta; it's bound to have bugs. After my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta, I think I will wait till the final version.

ooo...genius boy, thanks.

vice le von said,

ooo...genius boy, thanks.

What is your problem sir? I posted a reply saying that based on my experience with Windows 7 SP1 Beta; I am staying away from betas as they are usually unstable. You posted a reply mocking me which I don't understand why you did that. What did I ever do to you? What is your vendetta against me? We are civilized people trying to have a civilized discussion, no need for those types of remarks.