Microsoft planning IE9 announcement on March 14, launch imminent?

Earlier today 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 today on their blog but did not specify if this will be the launch event for IE 9.

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As Neowin's sources suggest, 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.

The invitations Microsoft sent out are very similar to those of the beta launch back in September: 

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The original launch party unveiled the new IE 9 UI on September 15 in San Francisco, which also gave users who attended the celebrations an in-depth look at all the new exciting features. While this may not be of any relation, March 14 is Pi day for all the math fans out there.  

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If this is indeed the announcement for the final version, then MS netters get on the ball and fix the HP business forum's "small font" issue that has been broken since the beta and still hast been fixed in the RC.

SarahNewton said,
I think firefox 4 will finish the battle for the superior browser.

nah, FF and Chrome both fight for the 40% marketshare thats not taken by IE. and this wont change.

From this and past performance I'd say it was obvious (and welcome news): IE 9 will be released on 14 March. I'd also say it's highly unlikely that the event will be about anything else. I wouldn't get your hopes up about Microsoft talking about IE 10, or indeed any other product. Why would they when IE 9 is such a big deal in itself?

The best thing would be if the IE teams comes out and says IE9 is now RTW AND here's a early look at what we're going to do for the next version, then kickstart the Platform Previews for IE10 or 9.5, w/e right after that.

Nagamasa said,
I have a feeling that Firefox 4 and IE9 will be head-to-head as to who can finish first...

And when will they finish?! lol

thenonhacker said,
Web without Flash? Sure!

Flash isn't dead. Really.
There are things you simply cannot do in HTML5 compared to Flash/Silverlight.

Aethec said,

Flash isn't dead. Really.
There are things you simply cannot do in HTML5 compared to Flash/Silverlight.

I like Silverlight it's really powerful, although Flash is still the industries favourite.

Jonessie said,

I like Silverlight it's really powerful, although Flash is still the industries favourite.


silverlight is great but not completely cross-OS.
the releases on Linux/Mac are always behind the Windows releases.

Will they announce the addition of a spell checker? Firefox has it. Chrome has it. Safari has it. Opera has it. I don't spell accurately 100% of the time and having a spell checker really helps. I won't use IE without it. Is it really that hard to implement?

srprimeaux said,
Will they announce the addition of a spell checker? Firefox has it. Chrome has it. Safari has it. Opera has it. I don't spell accurately 100% of the time and having a spell checker really helps. I won't use IE without it. Is it really that hard to implement?

At first I was pretty annoyed about this fact too. Then I realized I do not use it much because I can spell.

ObiWanToby said,

At first I was pretty annoyed about this fact too. Then I realized I do not use it much because I can spell.

I'm sure you're not the only one, but a spell checker is still nice to have.

ObiWanToby said,

At first I was pretty annoyed about this fact too. Then I realized I do not use it much because I can spell.

+1 when it comes to native language.
But it's interesting for non-native speakers of English (like myself) to still run a spell check when writing something in English.

Jeffrey89 said,

+1 when it comes to native language.
But it's interesting for non-native speakers of English (like myself) to still run a spell check when writing something in English.


havent tried this myself but just did a quick google
http://www.iespell.com/
most addons requested have been around for ages if only people would look outside the IE addon page from microsoft. (if they looked there at all)

What is the big deal about IE9 still get countless popups using it no better than IE8 other than HTML5 which no site on this planet uses other than test sites

Dusco25 said,
What is the big deal about IE9 still get countless popups using it no better than IE8 other than HTML5 which no site on this planet uses other than test sites

you lie

Dusco25 said,
What is the big deal about IE9 still get countless popups using it no better than IE8 other than HTML5 which no site on this planet uses other than test sites

HTML5 brings full stops and coherent sentences.

Dusco25 said,
What is the big deal about IE9 still get countless popups using it no better than IE8 other than HTML5 which no site on this planet uses other than test sites

Sounds like you need to check your machine for viruses and malware, Dusco25. Or stop ticking those boxes for Toolbar X and Assistant Y when you install freeware!

More than HTML 5, IE 9 brings much of CSS 3. And there are lots of sites using that. In many cases it's not the user that will notice the difference so much as the Web person who will in the future have to do less coding to achieve nicer effects.

Timble said,

Sounds like you need to check your machine for viruses and malware, Dusco25. Or stop ticking those boxes for Toolbar X and Assistant Y when you install freeware!

More than HTML 5, IE 9 brings much of CSS 3. And there are lots of sites using that. In many cases it's not the user that will notice the difference so much as the Web person who will in the future have to do less coding to achieve nicer effects.


this and you can turn off popups which need an alt+mousekey override to open a popup \o/
been around at least since IE7. IE's popup blocker rocks, easy to configure and use

IE9 is great... One thing bothers me though. Some JavaScript stuff on a few websites don't work at all. Is this a problem with IE or with the script itself?

KavazovAngel said,
IE9 is great... One thing bothers me though. Some JavaScript stuff on a few websites don't work at all. Is this a problem with IE or with the script itself?

same javascript doesnt work on chrome either, or on FF
hooray for all browsers having their own javascript engine.

Or HTML5 version of Bing... but that's not completely IE9 related.
They'll probably talk about release plans and sessions for mix (including WP7 sessions and plans).

Good but not as epic as this artilce leads one to believe.

Despit this, I love IE9.

They should annnounce that they are going to use the same numbering schema chrome uses and anounce Internet Explorer over 9000.

That or announce that ie9 is comming for windows phone 7 that day.

Einlander said,
They should annnounce that they are going to use the same numbering schema chrome uses and anounce Internet Explorer over 9000.

That or announce that ie9 is comming for windows phone 7 that day.


IE9 mobile is slated for later this year