Microsoft start advertising Internet Explorer 9 beta

Long Zheng has just spotted that Microsoft is already starting to advertise Internet Explorer 9 Beta ahead of its official launch next Wednesday. The banner advert was spotted on TechCrunch and it’s likely to be found on many other sites across the web.

The advert features a few quotes from people and web sites that who played with previous versions of Internet Explorer 9. The advert focuses on how Internet Explorer 9 will allow for a different kind of internet than the one we are used too telling readers to “get ready for a more beautiful web”. This has been the tag line used with Internet Explorer 9 ever since Microsoft announced they would be holding a special event for the launch of the beta.

Microsoft announced back in August that they would be holding an event in San Francisco on September 15th where Internet Explorer 9 Beta would be announced. It is unusual for a company to put so much emphasis on a beta version of a piece of software which suggests either Microsoft have got a lot planned for Internet Explorer 9 or have more to announce than just a browser.

An image leaked in late August that is rumoured to be of Internet Explorer 9 but there have been many who have questioned the image’s authenticity.

Microsoft has been providing developer access to the much improved Internet Explorer 9 rendering engine on a regular basis. The company has been stressing that developers shouldn’t have to worry about which browser will be rendering a web page but should be able to just write code for all browsers. To that end Internet Explorer 9 will be far more standards compliant than any other Microsoft browser to date and appears to far faster than any previous versions of the browser, its now almost as fast as Google Chrome and Apple Safari.

If you are interested in Internet Explorer 9 then you will want to check out http://www.beautyoftheweb.com next week.

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tuxplorer said,
Yeah change the 30% of the Windows 7/Vista world. Only Microsoft can conveniently ignore the rest 60% of the world.

Except the vast majority of that 60% is made up of business/corporate installs, and they're not known for upgrading IE on a timely basis anyway.

tuxplorer said,
Yeah change the 30% of the Windows 7/Vista world. Only Microsoft can conveniently ignore the rest 60% of the world.

what happened to the other 10%? still running DOS without a modem?

gonchuki said,

what happened to the other 10%? still running DOS without a modem?

My guess is that 10% are Linux/Unix/OS X users. I happen to be all three (Linux/Unix, OS X, Windows).

tuxplorer said,
Yeah change the 30% of the Windows 7/Vista world. Only Microsoft can conveniently ignore the rest 60% of the world.

Yeah and you know if MS released IE9 for XP, it'd make XP much more difficult to convince and to get rid of. XP should be dead right now.

tuxplorer said,
Yeah change the 30% of the Windows 7/Vista world. Only Microsoft can conveniently ignore the rest 60% of the world.

XP has less than 48% market share right now, and it's going down very fast. XP is obsolete. Windows 7 FTW.

tuxplorer said,
Yeah change the 30% of the Windows 7/Vista world. Only Microsoft can conveniently ignore the rest 60% of the world.

XP has less than 48% market share right now, and it's going down very fast. XP is obsolete. Windows 7 FTW.

pezzonovante said,

XP has less than 48% market share right now, and it's going down very fast. XP is obsolete. Windows 7 FTW.

Agreed. Forget XP.

I'm glad they're taking a stand and not supporting it any longer. It's time to let it go.

MS is certainly learning how to get stylish with its websites and logos. Really love that logo. Honestly, lately Apple's design is feeling uncreative.

I will pass IE 9 and any other browser coming from MS. I am content with firefox and used it for long enough to run away from MS. Active X craps and other security issues gave me a bad impression about IE.

Auditor said,
I will pass IE 9 and any other browser coming from MS. I am content with firefox and used it for long enough to run away from MS. Active X craps and other security issues gave me a bad impression about IE.

I have little respect for those who will pass on a piece of software just because its from a certain company. Don't knock it 'till you try it.

Auditor said,
I will pass IE 9 and any other browser coming from MS. I am content with firefox and used it for long enough to run away from MS. Active X craps and other security issues gave me a bad impression about IE.

Awesome, stick with one of the most insecure browsers because you don't like Microsoft.

Liking a browser is one thing, ignorantly following a browser is just sad.

DarkNovaGamer said,

I have little respect for those who will pass on a piece of software just because its from a certain company. Don't knock it 'till you try it.

IE is notorious for catching drive by installs, viruses, trojans, etc because Microsoft let ActiveX have access to anything and everything. Until they remove ActiveX from IE. I will not even bother using IE as my main browser. I would say the same thing if it was from Mozilla or Google.

thenetavenger said,

Awesome, stick with one of the most insecure browsers because you don't like Microsoft.

Liking a browser is one thing, ignorantly following a browser is just sad.

Any browser can be insecure. But I do not see how Firefox is more insecure than IE.

ZekeComa said,

IE is notorious for catching drive by installs, viruses, trojans, etc because Microsoft let ActiveX have access to anything and everything. Until they remove ActiveX from IE. I will not even bother using IE as my main browser. I would say the same thing if it was from Mozilla or Google.

You mean Internet Explorer Protected Mode? It runs as a low integrity process that has no write access to files or registry keys. It's been that way since Windows Vista (2006/2007).

Get back to us when Firefox supports Protected Mode/low integrity processes. To be fair, Google Chrome does.

rfirth said,

You mean Internet Explorer Protected Mode? It runs as a low integrity process that has no write access to files or registry keys. It's been that way since Windows Vista (2006/2007).

Get back to us when Firefox supports Protected Mode/low integrity processes. To be fair, Google Chrome does.

Protected Mode? What does it need to protect from? Nothing downloads without user input, it has a virus scanner when a file is complete, it doesn't have ActiveX. So I don't see no use for it.

Auditor said,
I will pass IE 9 and any other browser coming from MS. I am content with firefox and used it for long enough to run away from MS. Active X craps and other security issues gave me a bad impression about IE.

IE8 running in Protected Mode is the most secure browser on the planet. Firefox is a highly insecure browser because it has no Protected Mode/Sandbox support. Plus the default Firefox 3.6 UI is the fugliest UI design EVER.

Ambroos said,

That's totally fake. Probably just IE8 with Chrome Frame.


+1

Just a spammy comment to advertise some website.

Prediction: We're going to hate the new UI within a few days, but love the speed of IE9.

Just sayin'! I'm rooting for Microsoft, really am, but, this is one of those "too little too late" moments IMO. I'll still test it though.

Hey Folks, I see there is quite a lot of interest in the new IE9. Even though some folks have mentioned it I wanted you to know that IE9 isn't going to be an upgraded ie8, it's a brand new browser built around the common Web standards for HTML5. It has a lot of new features including Integrated Hardware Acceleration, CSS3 support and HTML5 support. With the emphasis on Web standards and the new Hardware Acceleration, you will see WebPages built in HTML5 in a whole new way. I invite you to visit the http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ and explore the features and see how fast the browser works with Hardware Acceleration and how well an HTML5 designed page looks. So look for the Beta release soon and you will have a chance to download it for yourself and see just how good it is.
Cheers,
Rick
IE Outreach Team

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