Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

Summary: Microsoft is making available for download on October 28 another new test build of Internet Explorer 9.

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Microsoft is making available for download on October 28 another new test build of Internet Explorer 9.

The IE 9 Platform Preview 6 build is available for download from Microsoft's IETestDrive site. The latest build "reflects developer feedback and delivers better performance as well as more standards support, like CSS3’s 2D transforms," according to the company. Microsoft also has added some new demos and test cases to its Test Drive site.

Microsoft announced the availability of the newest IE 9 test build during the opening day keynote of the company's two-day Professional Developers Conference, which is happening on the Redmond campus of the company.

Microsoft execs said today that there have been 10 million downloads of the IE 9 beta, which the company made available in mid-September.

Microsoft officials still aren't sharing a ship-date target for IE 9. In a new blog post on the company's IE Blog, execs did say that the IE9 Release Candidate will be following the sixth platform preview. (I'm assuming this means the next test build released will be the IE 9 RC, but I am not 100 percent sure of this -- check now. Yes, it does mean exactly that, Updated (again): There may or may not be one more preview before the RC, officials said. A number of Microsoft watchers expect Microsoft to deliver the final version of IE 9 in the first half of 2011.

Microsoft’s goals with IE 9 include making its browser more standards-compliant, less cluttered and faster.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • Good browser

    I am using IE9 beta and I think overall it is a good browser. There are still some hiccups with websites, but since it is still a beta I can forgive it. Definitely can't wait for the final release.
    statuskwo5
    • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

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      gorians
  • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

    The IE9 team really is cooking on gas. Ever since the first IE9 tech preview, they've shipped like clockwork and each new release brought significant improvements in features, perf and standards support.

    Keep it up - THIS is how every team at MS should be delivering - set the standard and others will (at least try to) follow.
    De-Void
  • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

    I tried it and did not like the new look at all. I like having my most often visited sites on click away instead of the multi click in IE9
    ramvan03@...
  • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

    I'm loving it so far. IE9 feels better and pinning sites to the toolbar and seing their own special icon (rather than being just another stacked tab on the IE icon) is great and no other browser offers this yet.
    Droid101
    • Chrome kinda has it

      NT
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

        @Cylon Centurion 0005
        No it doesn't.
        illegaloperation
  • If I wanted Chrome, I'd run Chrome

    .. I sure don't need a lookalike.

    Microsoft is in serious danger of getting lost in the swamp trying to haphazardly copy random UI bits from different competitors.
    croberts
    • Do you really choose your browser based on where the tabs are?

      Really?
      Michael Alan Goff
      • I do, which is why I'm concerned about Firefox 4.

        Tab placement is a big deal to me. I have read FF 4 is going the Chrome route. I am hoping I can still do it the old way via some add-on.
        techvet
      • A lot of browsers are going the chrome route

        If my main thing was having some "new" tab placement? I would have to choose some obscure browser that nobody has heard of. The way I see it is the placement of tabs is less important than the performance.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

        @techvet
        You can choose the new tab layout or the classic layout in FF4 Beta.
        The new layout is less cluttered, but I prefer to have my add-on/menu buttons visible for easy access, so I use the classic layout.

        I don't know why they haven't introduced a menu editor so you can totally personalise the FF controls/options the way you want.
        I'd rather they do that, than add more "Personas".
        I find the "Personas" make the text labels unreadable.
        lehnerus2000
    • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

      @croberts
      Name a few please!
      eargasm
  • When will Ad Block Plus work with IE? <heh>

    Remember that April Fool's hoax about all Firefox add-ons working with IE? I wish it were true! The biggest problem I have switching to IE8, besides performance, is no support for a good, solid, reliable, non-pimpware, ad-blocker. Also, when I open a new tab in IE8, it takes forever to open, and I have more add-ons with Firefox than with IE8! A robust ad-blocker is an absolute requirement.
    techvet
    • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

      @techvet
      Ah hum, I think the conversation was about IE9. Maybe I'm wrong???
      eargasm
      • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

        @windozefreak <br>He asked <b>when</b> will IE have an Add Block Plus?

        Why don't you answer his question.
        ahh so
      • Ad Block Plus?

        http://adblockie.codeplex.com/

        http://www.ie7pro.com/ ALSO HAS AN AD BLOCKER
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Lame-O Plus?

        [i]http://adblockie.codeplex.com/[/i]

        Wow, no development since the middle of 2009. 'Fan-tas-tic'.

        [i]http://www.ie7pro.com/[/i]

        If the guy can't do something simple like keep his forums clean of Viagra ads, then there's no way he be relied on.

        lol...
        ahh so
      • So it's obvious that you don't know what you're talking about

        when it comes to IE7Pro. Go troll somewhere else.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft releases another new test build of IE 9

        [i]So it's obvious that you don't know what you're talking about when it comes to IE7Pro.[/i]

        I know more than you do. That's obvious. And what I said was also true, so you can't deny it.

        [i] Go troll somewhere else.[/i]

        Make me.

        Or better still, start telling the [b]whole truth[/b] instead of half of one.
        ahh so