IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

Summary: Microsoft just sent out invitations to an event in San Francisco on February 10. According to the e-mail, the Internet Explorer team will "share some important news." This is almost certainly the IE9 RC launchy. Here's what to expect.

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Microsoft just sent out invitations to an event in San Francisco on February 10:

IE in San Francisco (2/10)

Members from the Internet Explorer team (and some special guests) will be visiting San Francisco in two weeks to share some important news. I know it's an extremely busy news week already, but we're hoping you can join us.

No further details, but it's logical to assume that this will mark the public release of the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. I'll be there and will have a full report.

The public beta of IE9 was released on September 15 (see my full review and screenshot gallery). Since then, Microsoft has been actively soliciting feedback and has released two additional developer previews. I expect to see a handful of significant UI tweaks and greatly improved performance. This RC should be nearly final, and I expect a final release within 60 days, probably in time for the MIX conference in mid-April.

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  • well....

    frak. I was hoping to get the bits today :(
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • That sucks

    I was hoping to get it today....

    It better be worth the wait.
    Michael Alan Goff
  • I already love IE9

    This is excellent news!

    As I predicted:
    http://twitter.com/timacheson/status/25269085109489664
    Tim Acheson
  • RE: IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

    A special event for the release of an RC build? Seems strange to me...

    I hope it's a Windows Phone related announcement, but that's probably not all that likely since anything phone-related will probably be announced the following week at MWC. Still, think about what else is happening Feb. 10. iPhone becomes generally available on Verizon.

    So, who knows. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.
    Warp99
    • Microsoft has to do something to draw attention from the Jesus Phone...

      ... it's only natural.
      nix_hed
  • RE: IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

    Yes, Yes, Yes, I want it. I am beta testing IE9 and it is by far a stable browser for its beta status.
    Ram U
    • I've tried and its not so great

      @Rama.NET I'm not knocking your experience. But I have tried it and really like the UI and the speed is more then acceptable. But I had enough rendering issues with some common sites to decide to avoid it for now.
      jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
      • RE: IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

        @jscott418

        I've never seen it render improperly once. However I do find I have to hit the compatibility button (flipping it into IE7 mode) far too often for JavaScript tasks. Editing a comment on ZDNet is a case in point. You can enter a comment with IE9 just fine but if you want to edit a comment you have to hit the compatibility button.
        Mythos7
      • RE: IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

        @jscott418
        I too noticed that for certain things and certain sites. Prior to current beta release Wachovia web site never got rendered properly. But now it is good. Also I used to go to Bank Of America successfully using Safari, but recent update is not letting me in.
        Ram U
  • RE: IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

    From PDC 2010 IE9 performance session, I was deeply impressed and am looking forward to this RC.
    UseYourHead
  • IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10 with spellchecker?

    Hopefully the IE team can release a spellchcker built-in to IE9 if not for the RC build then before the final build is out the door. Would appreciate this and make my browsing activities more enjoyable.
    Classic94
    • RE: IE9 Release Candidate to be unveiled February 10

      @Classic94

      A spell checker for <i>browsing</i>? It's like when my wife wants to go window shopping and asks if I've got any cash.

      (Joking aside, I agree IE9 should have this feature).
      njoho
  • That's because IE8 is such a hog and loosing...

    ...the browser war, so they are going to throw out another pig of a browser. Another stroke of idiocy.
    james347
    • I'm going to take it that you haven't used IE9

      Or you wouldn't have said what you said.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • It wasn't too long ago...

        ...when shills like honeymonster said IE8 was better than sliced bread.
        search &amp; destroy
      • Oooookay?

        This has nothing to do with IE 8. It was a remarkably mediocre browser, really. This is about IE 9, which is a giant leap forward. The UI is nice, is is more efficient with memory than Chrome, and it is actually speedy.

        What brought IE 8 into this?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • What brought IE 8 into this?

        @goob256 - It comes from long being jaded over the fact that you shills like to promote FUD as well as vaporware.<br><br>If it's too good to be true, it probably is... <i>(yawn)</i>
        search &amp; destroy
      • Ehhh? Vaporware?

        You can use IE 9 beta and in a couple of weeks IE 9 RC. I hardly think that that is vaporware anymore than Firefox 4 is vaporware or Chrome 10 is vaporware. Kindly shut up until you at least start to learn what you're talking about.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Fascinating. I understand why humans like search &amp; destroy

        view their lives with such low regard, as they hold little importance to the world, but what I fail to understand is the fact that instead of bettering themselves, they resort to trolling to make up for some shortcoming.

        Would it not be more logical to work his way up to the levels of others, as opposed to attempting to bring others down to his?
        Tim Cook
      • No, I'm not gonna shut up

        [i]You can use IE 9 beta and in a couple of weeks IE 9 RC. I hardly think that that is vaporware anymore than Firefox 4 is vaporware or Chrome 10 is vaporware. Kindly shut up until you at least start to learn what you're talking about.[/i]

        @goob256 - Go back and read what I wrote, again. Closely. That's not what I said.

        Jeez, lots of reading comprehension dumb a$$es around here.
        search &amp; destroy