Microsoft shows off "Year of Internet Explorer 9" video

Microsoft is on the cusp of releasing IE9, the launch will officially happen later today at 5:30 PM PT at SXSW, except for in Japan. But before they get to the official launch, Microsoft posted up a "Year of Internet Explorer 9" video which takes you back through the development of the upcoming browser. 

Microsoft describes the video as "A look back at the last year and the development of Internet Explorer 9. See what partners, designers and industry press have to say about the latest version of the world’s most used browser".

Internet Explorer 9 will bring a host of new features to the table including updated security elements, a redesigned UI and of course speed improvements. General impressions of the beta and the RC have been positive so far; the official RTM version should only improve the end user experience.

Microsoft is in a tough battle against Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and a few others for browser dominance. Long gone are the days where IE6 ruled the landscape, so much so in fact, that Microsoft is actively working to remove IE6 from the Internet ecosystem.

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Bring it on! I'll always keep a copy of Chrome installed, but I'm very excited about IE9. Hope it was worth the wait!

alexalex said,
I don't see Google which is launching a new browser every month celebrating and making a big fuzz.

because with chrome version numbers are completely meaningless, they're more build numbers.
for IE every release is a major one due to amount of changes/improvements and time between the launches of releases.

alexalex said,
I don't see Google which is launching a new browser every month celebrating and making a big fuzz.

I can't believe you just said that... Seriously, Google Chrome has new versions like twice a month, they don't advertise the versions either, they seamlessly update. On the other hand, Internet Explorer is not updated like you would expect, it receives some minor updates such as security updates via Windows Update, but it doesn't receive any updates other than that.

Instead, it has upgrades, and previous releases never had this much publicity because they were just the next version of IE. For example, IE8 was a big revision to IE7, but the UI stayed the same. It brought it up to better web standards since IE6 was terrible at staying up to par with web standards, Microsoft didn't care at the time, they wanted to innovate and do their own thing.

But now, things are different, the web has all this HTML5 stuff going on, and a lot of competition just coming from every direction. Silverlight and WPF used to be the thing, but then HTML5 made Microsoft think for a second and consider that the web will look like native user interfaces without Silverlight or WPF, and so they are pushing for that native look and the integration with Windows 7.

IE9 is being advertised for everything I mentioned, it's a product release (not a new version number update with blah blah blah), competition everywhere now (because of Chrome), and native UI/integration/etc (Microsoft's department is all that ---> Metro design language, etc, think of Beauty of the Web campaign), etc.

Sionic Ion said,

I can't believe you just said that... Seriously, Google Chrome has new versions like twice a month, they don't advertise the versions either, they seamlessly update. On the other hand, Internet Explorer is not updated like you would expect, it receives some minor updates such as security updates via Windows Update, but it doesn't receive any updates other than that.

Instead, it has upgrades, and previous releases never had this much publicity because they were just the next version of IE. For example, IE8 was a big revision to IE7, but the UI stayed the same. It brought it up to better web standards since IE6 was terrible at staying up to par with web standards, Microsoft didn't care at the time, they wanted to innovate and do their own thing.

But now, things are different, the web has all this HTML5 stuff going on, and a lot of competition just coming from every direction. Silverlight and WPF used to be the thing, but then HTML5 made Microsoft think for a second and consider that the web will look like native user interfaces without Silverlight or WPF, and so they are pushing for that native look and the integration with Windows 7.

IE9 is being advertised for everything I mentioned, it's a product release (not a new version number update with blah blah blah), competition everywhere now (because of Chrome), and native UI/integration/etc (Microsoft's department is all that ---> Metro design language, etc, think of Beauty of the Web campaign), etc.


Honestly: no! HTML5 will not replace Silverlight…

I still think IE9 interface is bloated and very non-customizable, FF still rules for customizing, Chrome wins for speed, my two cents anyway! good work on the spot neowin

Mikeparkie said,
I still think IE9 interface is bloated and very non-customizable, FF still rules for customizing, Chrome wins for speed, my two cents anyway! good work on the spot neowin

they each have their advantages, altho speed is a nonvariable now with FF4 and IE9.

Mikeparkie said,
I still think IE9 interface is bloated and very non-customizable, FF still rules for customizing, Chrome wins for speed, my two cents anyway! good work on the spot neowin

bloated? The interface is 2 times the height of the title bar… It's nearly non-existent!

Mikeparkie said,
I still think IE9 interface is bloated and very non-customizable, FF still rules for customizing, Chrome wins for speed, my two cents anyway! good work on the spot neowin

Bloated? You're kidding, right? The interface uses the smallest screen area of any current web browser in default configuration. Even Chrome, which I always thought was fairly minimal.

http://www.tcln.com/images/misc/chrome-v-ie9.png

Shaun. said,
"Mean Block rate" it compared itself to Chrome 6

Google's API for blocking malware didn't change during that time IIRC.

The video is alright, but I what I want right now is for more sites to use SL Smooth Streaming vs. Flash.

majg said,
The video is alright, but I what I want right now is for more sites to use SL Smooth Streaming vs. Flash.

Why would sites use SL when Microsoft failed and dumped it

alexalex said,

Why would sites use SL when Microsoft failed and dumped it


No, Silverlight is a roaring success. And Microsoft hasn't dumped Silverlight at all. In fact they are moving towards Silverlight even more. WP7 apps are fully based on Silverlight. Windows 8 app store will also be based on Silverlight. So Silverlight FTW.

alexalex said,

Why would sites use SL when Microsoft failed and dumped it


You're on a roll with useless, idiotic, and just plain wrong posts today alexalex, bravo.

Everyone will always have a specific browser preference for one reason or another, I personally will use IE9 as the only browser because it has great integration with Windows 7 further enhancing my user experience. IE9 + WIN7 = WIN for the consumer.

krismorf said,
There would be less excitement if they discovered free energy.

All energy is free. It's how it's harnessed and delivered to us that is not.

Wow, I don't know how to break this to you all. But i think the 2012 predictions are coming early.
Microsoft has impressed me with the last few adverts they've released and not reducing me to tears with the prospect of a Windows 7 party!

sava700 said,
Why hasn't this been released yet.. its March 14th, to wait till midnight tonight EST puts us into March15th!!!

Release time is 9PM at the SXSW music festival. That should put it at 10PM Eastern.

As much as I love IE9, i'm not going to install it until Rockstar patches GTA IV. For some reason GTAIV won't even open with IE9 installed.

Sounds like the RTM?RTW has added some new features and support as well. Guess those are the "surprises" they talked about for the final.

I am sure 45% of users who are in eager wait for the software are actually Opera / FF / Chrome and offcourse the apple fans who can install and then start going ga ga about the faults..

Another 45% are the Ms fan boys who are in wait to try and start praising about the WoW of it.. and there is that 9% who doesn't really care of bother about it, for them anything goes..

That leaves the actual 1% who would really use it

(this is the figure of people in wait for final release I meant , nothing official about it by the way)

Choto Cheeta said,
I am sure 45% of users who are in eager wait for the software are actually Opera / FF / Chrome and offcourse the apple fans who can install and then start going ga ga about the faults..

Another 45% are the Ms fan boys who are in wait to try and start praising about the WoW of it.. and there is that 9% who doesn't really care of bother about it, for them anything goes..

That leaves the actual 1% who would really use it

(this is the figure of people in wait for final release I meant , nothing official about it by the way)

I don't fit any of those categories.

I just like a browser that works the way I surf. For me, that is *still* IE.

Even better, other than plug-ins (such as Flash), I don't need a ton of add-ons (and hte resultant code-bloat) to do that, either.

That's why it is *still* painful dealing with operating systems that *lack* IE.

bdsams said,
I wonder if the Neowin cameo had anything to do with me posting this

I would have to doubt it.. considering the video was made before you posted it, but we can pretend it does?

bdsams is saying the cameo perhaps influenced him to post it here.

firey thinks bdsams is saying that the cameo came as a *result* of posting it.

Ambiguity fun!

Jose_49 said,
Did I see wrong, or was Neowin quoted on the video?

0:57.

And why *shouldn't* Neowin have been quoted?

If I recall right, one of the "surprise" features of the Atlas upgrade was that it was fully pinnable with IE 9 (even ahead of other known partner sites, such as Facebook, BestBuy,com, and Newegg).