Microsoft mistakenly announces Internet Explorer 9 launch for March 24

Microsoft India appeared to have made a mistake in tweeting that Internet Explorer 9 final will be made available on March 24, because the tweet was quickly pulled, but not before The Windows Club managed to save a screenshot of the tweet!

Although this date could also be incorrect, hence the quick retraction. Almost two weeks ago, Microsoft unveiled plans for a special celebration for "Beauty of the Web" hosted by the Internet Explorer 9 team. The Internet Explorer team made the announcement on their blog but did not specify if this will be the launch event for IE 9.

That date is March 14th, which puts the event a full ten days before the Indian MSDN Team announcement.

As Neowin's sources suggested, Microsoft is planning to announce something major on this date. Exact details were not given, but they suggest that Microsoft will announce something that relates directly to IE 9. The event will begin at 9PM on Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Moody Theater.

So the only assurance so far is that IE9 will release in March.

Thanks to Pradeep of Microsoft News for the tip.

Image credit: The Windows Club

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Kirkburn said,
There will always be room for multiple browsers in the market, don't be silly.

Multiple browsers yes, but Mozilla have dropped the ball with FF4 and Microsoft are back and level with the competition again. So I kinda of agree with his comment that Firefox is history to a small extent. I predict that IE9 and Chrome will fill the top 2 spots on the market share rankings before too long.

For the record though, I'm a Chrome user.

TCLN Ryster said,
Firefox is history to a small extent.
So not really at all then? I agree, it's in a much more competitive environment and has dropped the ball with the slower release cycle - but being 'history' is pretty much a yes or no analogy

iAltair said,
Haters going to hate, but TBH, Firefox is history. IE9 is a great improvement of its predecessors.

What makes you think you can foresee the future? How do you know this when I and many other tend to use two browsers such as Firefox and IE or Chrome and IE, etc. I have tested Firefox 4 beta and it looks promising. Stop wasting our time with you crystal ball analogies and try to understand that previous versions of all browsers are not going to be as good as their more modern counterpart.

ObiWanToby@ What monitor are you using? I wanna like IE9, but my eyes are against and hurting...

(note: i am unable to properly reply..)

neufuse@ Yes it different. But it is better? Your eyes are not hurting? All those user complains are irrelevant? This DirectWrite, hw accelerated GDI text as you call it, is rendering very blurry, jaggy fonts which look much worst that default ClearType fonts across entire Windows Desktop. Such a fiasco is unaccetable. This will cost MS a lot new % drop in browser share...

6205 said,
neufuse@ Yes it different. But it is better? Your eyes are not hurting? All those user complains are irrelevant? This DirectWrite, hw accelerated GDI text as you call it, is rendering very blurry, jaggy fonts which look much worst that default ClearType fonts across entire Windows Desktop. Such a fiasco is unaccetable. This will cost MS a lot new % drop in browser share...

Looks a lot better to me. I love the smooth font. It is somehow clearer and easier to read. Same for FF4. Early builds of FF4 though, it was quite fuzzy for me, but both IE9 and FF4 Beta 12 are about perfect for me now. Makes using Chrome seem jagged.

I personally like the new rendering. It is slightly less sharp in some instances, but overall the fonts are better represented. Turning ClearType completely off has always been the way to get the sharpest text, but it's also the least accurately rendered. ClearType finally made it where you could see they shape of the characters better at the expense of some sharpness, but everything was still positioned incorrectly. DirectWrite lets you see the shape of the characters and the proper positioning, but unfortunately lost a bit more sharpness in the process. They basically have to compromise between more accurately rendering the fonts and being totally sharp, and (this is just personal opinion) I think they got it just about right in DirectWrite/IE9.

Also, I think a lot of it has to do with your monitor. ClearType has always been sensitive to monitor gamma, and DirectWrite's implementation is even moreso. You might try following a few monitor calibration guides to see if that'll help you out.

6205 said,
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Pretty sure DirectWrite is a DirectX10 feature. Sounds like it's related to unsupported hw configuration.
ie9 looks beautiful on all Dx10 and Dx10.1 cards I've tried it on.

i dont care for IE9 anymore since microsoft does not care for users health. ie9 has terribly broken font rendering which makes my eyes hurt and because they do not care to fix it, i dont care for release date of their crapware...

Run the ClearType tuner, check you've got all the Windows updates. Then, notice that the rest of Windows itself also uses the same font rendering. It's just individual programs that haven't moved to DirectWrite.

It's not broken, just different. If it's really not working well on your screen, turn off font antialiasing totally and/or update your monitor.

Kirkburn said,
Run the ClearType tuner, check you've got all the Windows updates. Then, notice that the rest of Windows itself also uses the same font rendering. It's just individual programs that haven't moved to DirectWrite.

It's not broken, just different. If it's really not working well on your screen, turn off font antialiasing totally and/or update your monitor.

It has nothing to do with ClearType tunning and rest of the Windows is using completelly different font rendering. IE8 is using the correct ClearType hinging. IE9 is different and totally broken. Windows Updates have nothing to do with this neither. I suggest you to read my comments under this arcicle, written with user alias "uhmmm"

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/arc...es-listen-learn-refine.aspx

I personally have no energy anymore to discuss this matter with retarded people...
(what does not mean that you are also retarded...)

6205 said,

It has nothing to do with ClearType tunning and rest of the Windows is using completelly different font rendering. IE8 is using the correct ClearType hinging. IE9 is different and totally broken. Windows Updates have nothing to do with this neither. I suggest you to read my comments under this arcicle, written with user alias "uhmmm"

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/arc...es-listen-learn-refine.aspx

I personally have no energy anymore to discuss this matter with retarded people...
(what does not mean that you are also retarded...)

It's not "broken" that's DirectWrite, a hardware accelerated version of the GDI text.... it's going to look different, because well IT IS DIFFERENT

6205 said,
It has nothing to do with ClearType tunning and rest of the Windows is using completelly different font rendering. IE8 is using the correct ClearType hinging. IE9 is different and totally broken. Windows Updates have nothing to do with this neither. I suggest you to read my comments under this arcicle, written with user alias "uhmmm"

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/arc...es-listen-learn-refine.aspx


I just read the comments you made on that post.

Yes it is different. I challenge your use of the word "correct" here when all of the variations of ClearType over the years have been an approximation of font rendering due to the low resolution of a computer screen. If anything, IE9's font rendering is more "correct" since it's closer to what the font actually is if you were to view it at infinite resolution.

Yes it's *slightly* more blurry and takes a few days to adjust to it. I only wish Word 2010 used the same technology as IE9 because I do a lot of Word authoring and really notice how bad fonts look without sub pixel positioning now.

6205 said,
i dont care for IE9 anymore since microsoft does not care for users health. ie9 has terribly broken font rendering which makes my eyes hurt and because they do not care to fix it, i dont care for release date of their crapware...

IE has been garbage for awhile now, especially 8

6205 said,
Windows Updates have nothing to do with this neither.
Yeah, they do. DirectWrite gets updates via Windows Update.

My god, man, the guy from MS replied basically the same thing to you: run the ClearType tuner, because it is dependent on YOUR MONITOR. And he linked you this: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/arc...sub-pixel-fonts-in-ie9.aspx

As monitors improve resolution, the improvement DirectWrite makes will become more and more obvious. More examples of how it's an improvement here: http://www.basschouten.com/blo...ring-gdi-versus-directwrite

Yes, it can make things look a little blurrier in some cases, but overall it is an improvement.

Edit: lol, you plan to switch to Firefox 4 as a result. A browser that also uses DirectWrite.

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 1 2011, 8:08pm :

Sorry, I just have to reply again:

6205, I've read thru all the msdn post + comments you linked. You ignored basically everyone's advice, despite them being very clear and considerate. That's ridiculous.

Krieg said,

IE has been garbage for awhile now, especially 8


haha its what, 2-3 years old and still not to far behind FF/Chrome/Opera. Its a fine browser, don't get why people hate it so much, just because its called Internet Explorer and is from Microsoft?
Tell me, what can IE8 not do, FF and Chrome can do?

Shadowzz said,
Tell me, what can IE8 not do, FF and Chrome can do?
Understand a lot of more recent web standard developments? Is this a trick question? Have you no experience of developing for the web?

IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

Krieg said,
IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

IE8 was garbage, or out-dated. But IE9 is really good....give it a try....

Krieg said,
IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

I am sooooo getting sick and tired of the "who uses IE anymore?" comments. Really people because you choose to not use a product, that does not mean that everyone in the world thinks like you. Our society and technology will only change when everyone stops thinking they are the only ones who are right!!!
Here are the latest stats for browsers. In all cases you need to combine the usage of Firefox and Chrome to equal the usage of IE. Does this mean that IE is the 800 pound monster that it used to be with a 90% user base, of course not. However, there is still a large majority of the population who care about using IE. Everyone has the right to choose the technology that fits them, no one has the right to put anyone else down for the technology they choose to use.

World wide usage share of browsers for January 2011

Source............I.E. Firefox Chrome Safari Opera Mobile
Net Apps.........56.0% 22.8% 10.7% 6.3% 2.3% 3.8%
StatCounter.....46.0% 30.7% 15.7% 5.1% 2.0% 4.3%
W3Counter......40.0% 31.1% 14.2% 5.9% 2.0%
Wikimedia.......41.6% 28.7% 11.8% 9.3% 4.3% 6.9%
Median...........43.8% 29.7% 13.0% 6.1% 2.2% 4.3%

Edited by Head of Tech Geek and More, Mar 1 2011, 2:12pm :

Krieg said,
IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

Who cares about a web browser launch date? How about IT professionals who have to make sure our sites and web apps are compatible with a new browser that's going to be launched to the entire world. And people that DO use IE, like myself?

Use common sense before posting, if you have any.

rev23dev said,

Who cares about a web browser launch date? How about IT professionals who have to make sure our sites and web apps are compatible with a new browser that's going to be launched to the entire world. And people that DO use IE, like myself?

Use common sense before posting, if you have any.

there is a difference between caring about a launch date and QAing an application to work in your enviroment. But if you had any idea to keep your users from installing CRAP they shouldn't be...then this wouldn't be a problem.

Krieg said,

there is a difference between caring about a launch date and QAing an application to work in your enviroment. But if you had any idea to keep your users from installing CRAP they shouldn't be...then this wouldn't be a problem.

He never said anything about a corporate or internal environment. He was referring to a public website that will be visited by people that will install IE9. As stated, use some common sense.

Krieg said,
IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

43.8% of people use IE as a browser.

Krieg said,

But if you had any idea to keep your users from installing CRAP they shouldn't be...then this wouldn't be a problem.

I have absolutley zero control over what my users install. I'm an ISV, not a sys admin.

Krieg said,
IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

People that use SharePoint. duh.

Krieg said,

MS Fan boys are out in force today........

Funny you mentioned that. I was going to say idiots like you are in full force today!

Krieg said,
IE 9??? Who uses IE anymore?? It's garbage...and honestly...who cares about a web browser launch date?? Get a life people.

Being angry with your life shouldn't go beyond the confines of your mom's basement. Don't take it out on IE, lot's of people use it.

As I understand it. RC is pretty much what RTM is going to be. Are there going to be any last minute changes or not?

Singh400 said,
As I understand it. RC is pretty much what RTM is going to be. Are there going to be any last minute changes or not?

Microsoft's RTM/Ws are more polished versions of RC

Professional Lurker said,
Why is this even news worthy

Oh i dunno, we're called NeoWIN and report on all things Microsoft,. as well as other platforms

Professional Lurker said,
Why is this even news worthy

While I agree that the general quality of news reporting at neowin has taken a bit of a dive recently with all the Apple rumours and such, I can't agree on this specific point. The release of the next version of the worlds most used web browser does seem like news to me.

TCLN Ryster said,

While I agree that the general quality of news reporting at neowin has taken a bit of a dive recently with all the Apple rumours and such, I can't agree on this specific point. The release of the next version of the worlds most used web browser does seem like news to me.

Dont get the problem of NeoWIN posting rumors and what not, its a tech blog and rumors are often (partially) correct.

Dont like em, DONT READ OR REPLY?

Does seem a little weird that the "big release" would come at Tech Ed India...sooner the better either way. More likely a local release party though

Byron_Hinson said,
Does seem a little weird that the "big release" would come at Tech Ed India...sooner the better either way. More likely a local release party though

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