Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

Summary: On February 10, as expected, Microsoft is making available for download the near-final test build of Internet Explorer (IE 9).

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On February 10, as expected, Microsoft is making available for download the near-final test build of Internet Explorer (IE 9).

Many are expecting the Softies to make the bits available "officially" around 1 pm ET today. (But I just downloaded the final RC bits from WinRumors.com.)

Update: The RC bits are available for download from Microsoft's BeautyOfTheWeb.com site now.

Included in the new RC build is the promised "Tracking Protection" feature, as well as a new ActiveX filtering option.

Tracking Protection is an opt-in mechanism. “Tracking Protection Lists” will enable consumers to control what third-party site content can track them when they’re online. The new feature is meant to complement other privacy features in IE, including InPrivate Browsing. ActiveX filtering allows users to turn on/off ActiveX plug-ins.

My blogging colleague Ed Bott has an in-depth review of the RC build of IE 9 here.

In the hour-plus I've been playing with the IE 9 RC, I've found it to be noticeably snappier than the beta version. And some of the site rendering issues I'd been having seem to have been resolved. The Twitter Web site, for one, seems to be working properly with IE for me, at last. Reader @Alimaggs noted that Facebook and Windows Live Home are both rendering correctly for him with the RC, as well.

If you're like me and want your tabs in a row unto themselves, apart from the URL/address box, a right click will provide you with an option to show tabs on a separate row below. (Huzzah!)

Microsoft is holding an IE 9 RC launch event in San Francisco later today. I'm doubtful we'll hear anything (still) about a final release-to-web target for IE 9, but I'm still thinking Mix '11 in mid April this year seems like a good bet.

Update No. 2: Microsoft officials are saying there will be no more IE9 test builds released after today's RC. Next stop is RTW (whenever that is).

Testers: Anything else of interest you're seeing with the IE 9 RC?

Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Software Development

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  • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

    I've been using it now for an hour or so - I like it!! Time will tell if it becomes my number 1 browser - which is currently chrome
    RonanSail
  • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

    I only had a few problems with the beta. Pages would sometimes freeze but auto reload, and InPrivate Browsing did not work, period. There were a few sites that didn't always work properly, but they were easily worked around.
    Cyrorm
  • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

    I really like the redesign of it, soon as it hits final release I'll be installing it on everyone's PCs.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

      @Loverock Davidson

      It's on my super windows 7 PC now and it looks better than any of those text only open source offerings, you would have thought Linux browsers would have at least CGA mode by now.
      Rubberduck Rabidson
  • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

    Personal preference: I liked the beta's tab appearance. Now with the RC, they look... old and gray.
    dcoaster
  • Put off installing this

    For about a year. It'll take that long for M$ to begin to get it's act together and make it [i]'reasonably usable'[/i] while it begins to attract malware like flies.
    LTV10
    • I have a feeling

      A) You haven't used IE9 anyway.
      B) You never will, regardless of how much time has passed.
      C) Microsoft could come out with the greatest browser on earth and you wouldn't like it.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Your 'feeling' stinks

        [i]A) You haven't used IE9 anyway.[/i]

        Nope, although I will probably get around to it someday. Just like the previous 8 versions.

        [i]B) You never will, regardless of how much time has passed.[/i]

        Total lie.

        [i]C) Microsoft could come out with the greatest browser on earth and you wouldn't like it.[/i]

        That will never happen. Not in a million years, so I don't have to worry about that.
        LTV10
      • So your opinion on IE 9 doesn't matter

        since you've never used it. You don't know anything about it being usable or not.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Well if it doesn't matter...

        ...then why keep responding?

        Doh.
        LTV10
      • Why do I respond?

        A) I consider pointing out ignorance, such as judging a product without knowing anything about it, to be a public service.
        B) The hope that you'll realize how juvenile it is someday and just go away.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • You're not a public servant

        You're a corporate shill. Bought & paid for to come on here and defend your product.<br><br><i>A) I consider pointing out ignorance, such as judging a product without knowing anything about it, to be a public service.</i><br><br>And I consider it my duty to remind people here of Micro$oft's shady past. That this is nothing more than business as usual, hyped to the Nth degree.<br><br><i>B) The hope that you'll realize how juvenile it is someday and just go away.</i><br><br>Well you got a long wait, now don't you. I'm not going away anytime soon.
        LTV10
      • I'm bought and paid for?

        Then why am I jobless, poor, and living with family?

        A) Their past doesn't matter with every product. Bad IE 8, 7, 6, and so forth don't mean that 9 will suck. It just doesn't.
        B) I've got a while.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Lock, stock & two smoking barrels

        [i]Then why am I jobless, poor, and living with family?[/i]

        Then why don't you get off your_ass and go get a job.

        [i]A) Their past doesn't matter with every product. Bad IE 8, 7, 6, and so forth don't mean that 9 will suck. It just doesn't.[/i]

        And supposedly neither did IE7 and IE8 their first week. And?

        [i]B) I've got a while.[/i]

        Yeah if you wanna get paid.
        LTV10
      • I don't get paid for this

        If I did, I wouldn't be living with family.

        Listen, I don't assume that 11.04 will suck because 9.10 did, do I? No. 10.10 wasn't anything to write home about either.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

    Can't wait to get home and try this. Been running the beta since it went public and aside from the site crash/reload issue and an occassional nag about plugins, I haven't had any problems with the beta....but I've also been running it in Windows 7 and an extremely low end machine....so thought it was just my machine being too slow and too low on memory. Now I'm wondering if the RC will be more snappier for me after reading this post.
    VRSpock
  • Will install as soon as I get home

    The only real annoying issue I have had with IE9 Beta is that my bank site tells me invalid username or password and redirects me to another page where I can try again or have it reset. But when I try again it works fine. Most other sites work and it seems to be decently fast when compared to FireFox and Chrome on the same computer. I rarely use Chrome as I hate the UI and I am not a big fan of most things google anyway. But that is a different topic.
    bobiroc
  • Ready to roll...

    ...it all rolls downhill too.
    james347
  • RE: Microsoft IE 9 Release Candidate ready to roll

    Still no inline spell check (useful when posting to fine sites like ZDNet), no addons in pinned sites (pinning was the only even moderately interesting feature I've seen that was not offered by other browsers). Can't really find a reason to get excited.
    txscott
  • Will download simply to stay current

    It's a brainless download simply to stay current and avoid the next set of viruses. I use Chrome on a regular basis and IE on occasion when a site forces it. IE9 makes sense simply because it will be more secure and supported than older versions. It's a lot of trouble filtering out all the noise from buggy, incomplete, and incompatible intermediate releases of IE9 - i wish they would simply tell me when its done and ready for installation.
    MobileUser2011