Microsoft is set to unveil Internet Explorer 9 beta at a launch event later today.
The company will unveil a host of new features allowing users to pin their favourite sites to the taskbar and start menu in Windows 7. Microsoft has re-designed Internet Explorer 9 to give websites most of the focus inside the browser window. The software giant has also focussed heavily on web standards and HTML5.
Internet Explorer 9 will excite Windows 7 fans. Features include the ability to pin websites to the taskbar. Web developers will be able to create specially designed pages that allow end users to take the site URL and pin it as a button on the Windows 7 taskbar. Tabs can be torn off outside of the browser and snapped using Windows 7's Aero UI. The software giant has also removed all the menus in Internet Explorer. Like Google Chrome there's now just one options menu. There's also a combined search and address bar to make it easier for users to search.
Microsoft will be unveiling a number of launch partners including eBay, Hulu, CNN and Amazon who have all created special sites for the new functionality. Neowin is also Internet Explorer 9 enabled. Once Microsoft makes the Internet Explorer 9 bits available for download later today, you will be able to take advantage of all the new features right here at Neowin. We'll have more on Internet Explorer 9 later today, including coverage from the UK event where Gorillaz are set to pair up with Microsoft to introduce Internet Explorer 9.