Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

Summary: Microsoft is readying a beta of its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser that it will roll out in September, according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.

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Microsoft is readying a beta of its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser that it will roll out in September, according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.

Turner shared the beta date during his morning keynote at the annual Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 29.

According to several recent leaks, Microsoft had been targeting August as its beta delivery target for IE 9. This beta is expected to be public (as the test previews have been), and to feature more of the user interface elements.

On July 29, Neowin.net reposted some screen shots from what they believe to be a newly leaked test build of IE 9. That build includes a new download manager, but doesn't yet feature the new user interface.

Microsoft has been making good on its promise to deliver new technology preview builds of IE 9 every eight weeks. The first IE 9 developer preview went live in mid-March. The latest IE 9 test build was released in June.

The IE 9 builds Microsoft has released so far have been developer-targeted. They include the plumbing, specifically the new Microsoft JavaScript engine (which is codenamed “Chakra”) and the new graphics subsystem, coupled with a home page full of test sites. There’s no back button and no built-in security. It’s basically the IE 9 rendering engine and early tools.

Microsoft officials have not shared a target release-to-Web date for the final version of IE9, but it is expected by many Microsoft watchers in 2011.

I've asked Microsoft officials if they're ready to share any more details about IE 9. If I get any more, I'll update this post.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Yawn..another boring browser update!

    Browser stories are boing enough; this isn't even a story...it's the "promise" of a boring story.
    trickytom2
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

      @trickytom2 And you were so bored you needed to reply?
      rmark@...
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  • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

    He Microsoft just get out of Browsers war. You are fired!
    jakson505
  • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

    Hey Microsoft just get out of Browsers war. You are fired!
    jakson505
    • You are so right!

      When a company has only about 60% of the browser market, then they've lost all focus and should get out of the business altogether. Now, when the next highest percentage browser is somewhere around 24% (and not increasing that share), then they must be doing something right.
      adornoe
      • 60% is a good thing, you know.

        @adornoe@...

        What kind of an idiot drops a product that has 60% market share?
        trickytom2
      • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

        @trickytom2<br><br>LOL dude, it was sarcasm which was in reply to Jackson505's post.
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  • New user interface?

    Why must they touch the UI of every version of each and every of their products? What's wrong with their current IE8 interface? Hope they don't stick the ribbon in here too. I hate Microsoft's fiddling with the UI in every single version of their apps these days. Sometimes, it's only a UI change and hardly any new features as with Live Wave 4.
    xp-client
    • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

      @anonymuos

      "What's wrong with their current IE8 interface?"

      It's just too busy and not quite as elegant and clean as the UIs of other browsers, especially when compared to Chrome or the Firefox 4 beta. A lot has been happening to browser UIs in the past few years.

      "Hope they don't stick the ribbon in here too."

      Doubtful. It works great for some applications, but I don't think a browser is one of them.
      CobraA1
    • Ribbon

      @anonymuos

      They tried to. It was an idea thrown around, but ultimately they didn't use it.

      http://www.winsupersite.com/images/reviews/ie8_ribbon_proto.jpg

      As you can see, the result is quite ugly. I, too, believe they are going to match what Chrome and FF4 will have.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Thank GOD the ribbon was rejected in IE

        The ribbon in IE would have made one of Microsoft's bad ideas...even worse!
        jasondlnd
    • Hardly any new features in Live Wave 4?

      @anonymuos
      Somebody has been getting their Live Wave 4 news from appleinsider...
      ericesque
  • Umm..What's Internet Explorer?

    Haven't used it since 2004.
    cyberslammer
  • Who cares?

    It's a browser...it presents websites.

    Dowload the one you like and get a life.
    trickytom2
  • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

    Go Firefox !!!
    rickman2k
  • N/A

    IE has major market share just because Windows is the most used OS and IE is the default browser shipped with it , most users don't care what their browser is. as long as it can browse web , play youtube videos. etc.
    hasiwk
  • RE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta due in September

    Will IE9 install smoothly over IE8 without all the memory shenanigans that the move to Windows 7 required? Is it likely to be free like IE8 has been or will there be a price at least in the beginning?
    CharlesEtheridge@...
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