Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

Summary: A week after rolling out its seventh developer preview of Internet Explorer (IE) 9, Microsoft has gone back and delivered an update for the beta of IE 9, the first full beta of Microsoft's next-gen browser which the company delivered in mid-September.

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A week after rolling out its seventh developer preview of Internet Explorer (IE) 9, Microsoft has gone back and delivered an update for the beta of IE 9, the first full beta of Microsoft's next-gen browser which the company delivered in mid-September.

I, for one, am happy to see the beta update since the developer previews don't include the full browser interface, making them less useful for those of us who are interested in test-driving IE 9 in real-world situations (rather than to  test the boundaries of Microsoft's support for HTML 5 and other standards).

Microsoft has marked the IE 9 beta update as "recommended" via Windows Update. The new build includes stability and reliability fixes, but "is not a new Internet Explorer 9 Beta build," according to a November 23 post to the company's  IE Blog. Microsoft also has delivered a separate but related IE 9 beta update that "resolves issues between the IE 9 send feedback feature on 64-bit machines with Windows-Live-Essentials 11."

Users who have enabled automatic updating will get the Beta updates automatically; those who have not will need to manually download and install them.

Microsoft officials have said a near-final Release Candidate for IE 9 is one of the next things to expect from the team. I'm wondering whether Microsoft plans to release a public Beta 2 of IE 9, as WinRumours reported today that a new beta of IE 9 that went to a set of private testers has leaked to the Web. There's still no word on the final release-to-Web target, though many company watchers are predicting a first half 2011 release.

I'm hoping the beta update will enable the IE 9 beta to work with more of the sites I visit. I'll update this post once I have a chance to check it out. In the meantime, anyone who notices a difference with the updated beta -- I'd be interested in hearing about your findings....

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • Thanks for the info

    I'll be checking WU and downloading updates momentarily. Hopefully it will fix problems with websites that don't go well with IE9.
    statuskwo5
  • RE: Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

    Where does one go to request tech support for IE 9? I've installed the Beta on my HP2510p and it absolutely slogs the machine down. THe hard drive light spins continously and double clicking on something takes upwards of 30-45 seconds. Uninstall and back to IE 8 and the laptop is back to being responsive. Does anyone know if the updates might correct the above issue?

    Thanks
    jboettger
    • RE: Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

      @jboettger@...

      Sounds like you have Windows Search active in services.msc
      Disable it and your PC will settle down after a while.
      Otherwise lots of disk thrashing. Running IE9 Preview very fast with only 2 Gigs of ram.
      phonecode
  • RE: Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

    Always a 'beta' never a Bride, story of Microsoft.
    james347
  • RE: Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

    Phonecode, stopped and disabled WIndows Search. Rebooted. Verified that Search was disabled after boot. Installed IE 9 Beta, restart, hard drive light cranking away continously, installed IE 9 updates which took about 90 minutes, rebooted, hard drive still furiously spinning away. Task Manager shows under 10% utilization during this whole thing. For the life of me can't figure out what is causing the hard drive to spin continuously. Remove IE 9 and return to IE 8 hard drive stops spinning furiuosly and the laptop returns to being peppy as ever.

    Does MS have a trouble site where I can report the above issue?

    Thanks
    jboettger
    • RE: Microsoft delivers beta update for Internet Explorer 9

      @jboettger@... Are you running Vista or Win7?

      Try running Task Manager hitting the "processes" tab. Then add the "Page Faults Delta" counter and sort on that column. A high number of page faults tends to indicate that your PC is low on available memory and is having to swap data to/from disk.

      If nothing appears to be swapping, then open "Resource Monitor" and hit the "disk" tab. Now sort on the "Total (B/sec)" column and you should see the process causing the most IO.

      Once you know WHAT's causing the problem, you can start to find a solution.
      bitcrazed
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