Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

Summary: I guess I can finally stop concluding my Internet Explorer (IE) 9 posts with the words "Microsoft officials continue to decline to provide a ship-date target for IE 9." The RTW date is out: March 14.

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I guess I can finally stop concluding my Internet Explorer (IE) 9 posts with the words "Microsoft officials continue to decline to provide a ship-date target for IE 9."

On March 9, via a blog post, the IE team told users to expect Microsoft to make available the final IE 9 bits for download on March 14, starting at 9 p.m. PT. Microsoft is holding a launch party at the SXSW show to commemorate the launch and is promisng there will still be a few surprises there.

(Tom Warren at WinRumors.com blogged earlier this month that he believed the launch of IE 9 would be on March 14th.)

I downloaded the Release Candidate of IE 9 last month and have used it sporadically since. I've found it to be much faster and more stable than the beta was. I'm still having trouble with some sites, however, including TechCrunch (which seems to freeze more often than not with IE 9 for some reason).

IE 9 is Microsoft's most standards-compliant IE release to date. It includes a new JavaScript engine, codenamed "Chakra," and enables hardware-accelerated graphics.

Dean Hachamovitch, the head of IE, is going to be doing the Day 1 keynote at the Mix '11 conference in mid-April, the Softies announced today.

Given the one-year timeframe during which IE 9 went from Platform Preview 1 to launch, could it be that Microsoft will be ready to talk IE 10 at the show? That'd be impressive. I'm thinking it's more likely that Hachamovitch will be talking about IE 9 Mobile, the browser that will be part of the "Mango" Windows Phone 7 update expected later this year....

In the interim, any thoughts/guesses about what's next for the IE team?

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • one year cycle

    If Microsoft can get into a one year cycle for IE I would be really impressed. While other companies (Google/Mozilla) might be able to crank them out faster, I think it would do wonders for their reputation. Maybe I could get the rest of the company on a more rapid development.

    one could hope...
    TheRackow
    • Chrome is for hobbyist

      @TheRackow Chrome has a much smaller userbase than IE that are more open to breaking plug-ins and do not have a lot of mission critical web apps running on it. IE on the other hand has to think about the businesses that have in house Intranet apps that work with IE and are not interested in having to retest those apps every year. Chrome actually is version 1.09, but they have mangled version numbers ever since they entered the browser game.

      I think what Microsoft can do is try and deliver feature updates that does not interfere with application compatibility while still delivering functionality on top of the release. Personally I think thats the job of third party developers. Right now, IE 9 is a good product, it has a great set of features, the ability to make apps web centric, simpler cleaner design, performance that will make it more attractive to older IE and even Firefox users.
      Mr. Dee
      • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

        @Mr. Dee

        To me, IE is another example of how MS enterprise commitments hinder their ability to compete in the consumer market. MS need yearly updates to IE for corporate use, but a much more rapid development cycle for consumers.
        OffsideInVancouver
      • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

        @OffsideInVancouver ... it's Microsoft's commitment to stable business operations that actually allow REAL people to get REAL work done instead of having to fuss around with unstable crap. Businesses have neither the budget nor the interest in major upgrades every year the way some companies (Apple) would try to mandate. We (and I include myself as an IT professional) enjoy our 3-5 year upgrade cycles.

        That's not to say that there's no room for quicker updates for improvements, especially on the browser front, but it still requires a lot of testing and compatibility effort to make sure we can still do business.
        GoodThings2Life
      • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

        @Mr. Dee Have you even tried the IE9 RC ? it is a total mess is breaks things all over the place.

        I'm a webdeveloper I'm very disappointed they are already doing a release. It is much to early.
        silentlennie
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      @TheRackow Message has been deleted.
      james347
    • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

      @TheRackow <br>I think the Next-Gen IE should be IE-X, i'm tired of numbers :)
      ryanstrassburg
  • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

    Considering how Microsoft's other major reboot, ala Vista, took to launch, and then the development cycle of 7 as a comparison, I'd imagine we might see IE 10 sooner than a year, though mobile will likely be the first focus considering Microsoft has been criticized about their mobile browser on the Windows Phone.
    clindhartsen
  • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

    Is it possible that IE9 Mobile would be pushed out BEFORE Mango?
    (Heck, at this point should I be asking 'Is it possible NoDo will be pushed out before Mango'?)
    kimreyj@...
    • Update sequence

      Hi... THere is speculation that MS could push out the IE 9 Mobile browser independently of the rest of Mango. I do believe NoDo will hit this month still... Mango -- last I've heard -- is still on for a fall 2011 RTM. Not sure if MS will pick up the pace of updates at all and deliver some smaller, interim ones between. So far, that's looking kind of unlikely... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • Any idea how it will be made available?

    Will they intend to push it through Windows Update as an optional update with the intent of making it automatic after a period of time?
    ye
  • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

    I've been using IE9 RC since it emerged. (I backed off IE9 beta because of the odd interaction with Windows Live Mail that prepended a ? to message bodies.)

    Probably to the annoyance of Google, I'm using IE9 for Google Reader and GMail.

    Mozilla hasn't been speeding along lately (unless one likes 14 betas of one release). We'll see whether the new roadmap ideas work out (assuming Firefox 4 makes it out of beta before the Mayan calendar recycles).
    John Baxter
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    james347
    • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

      @james347 Becuase your an expert on predicting the furture.
      jatbains
    • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

      @james347 Any actual evidence of your predictions? Because if you look at MS's recent releases, the opposite is true. IE8 was actually well received. Win7 has been well received. Not sure why you think IE9 will be a failure, unless you just hate MS (my initial reaction to your flamer comment).
      jglopic
    • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

      @james347
      Only time will tell. I will not speculate on what this browser will, or will not, do. If it turns out to be a good browser then the competition will have to up their game. Competition is always a good thing. Just as long as it is all above board then let them do as they wish.
      Rick_K
  • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

    I had some issues with IE 9 on my sites but they all went away after upgrading my code to use a newer version of the jQuery UI library. Most of the issues are do to outdated IE detection scripts.
    sharkboyjohn
  • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

    That is one Monday everyone can look forward to. I'll be waiting to download and install it so I can be the first on my block with bragging rights. A lot of nice changes in IE9, glad to see it released.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Microsoft promises final IE 9 to be downloadable on March 14

      @Loverock Davidson

      LIAR.

      You're always talking about Firefox...do you even really use Firefox or do you just talk about it to try and sound like you're at least somewhat less of a zealot than you are?
      Brick Tamland
      • I know it's unbelieveable

        but people can use more than one web browser.
        Michael Alan Goff