Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

By on February 10, 2011, 10:46 AM
Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate in 40 languages. You can download version 9.0.8080.16412 now for: Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Server 2008 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows Server 2008 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit.

The new RC build includes a Tracking Protection feature, which gives users the option to control what third-party site content can track them when they’re online, as well as a new ActiveX filtering option, which allows users to turn on/off ActiveX plug-ins. Best of all, Microsoft has addressed what was arguably the biggest complaint with the new version (the company has gone through over 17,000 pieces of feedback): if you want your tabs on a separate line from the address box, there's now an option to turn that on from the right click menu at the top of the browser.

At the same time, IE9 RC is significantly faster than the beta version. Furthermore, many site rendering issues have been fixed, although we can't say that it's working perfectly. Last but not least, the new build includes hundreds of bug fixes.

Microsoft released the IE9 beta five months ago. The software giant also took the opportunity to announce that the beta surpassed 25 million downloads, making it the most downloaded beta release of Internet Explorer ever. Redmond is likely to release the final version of IE9 at its Mix11 event (April 12 to April 14, 2011).

"IE9 RC supports additional emerging Web standards including CSS3 2D Transforms, HTML5 Geolocation and a set of HTML5 semantic elements," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "We've added support for the HTML5 canvas global­Composite­Operation property and improved the performance of canvas’s Canvas­Pixel­Array. We've updated IE9 RC to reflect changes to the DOM events and added accessibility to the HTML5 audio and video controls. These additions reflect our pattern of implementing site ready HTML5 while ensuring developers can experiment with new and emerging specifications through our HTML5 Labs. As these specifications become stable, you can expect we will implement them in IE as we have throughout the development of IE9."





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treetops treetops said:

Let me guess 20 million hackers downloaded it lol. Why don't they just buy firefox and hire there team.

Guest said:

I'm rather fond of Chrome's tabs being at the very top of the window. IE9 manages to use a similar layout to Chrome but doesn't place the tabs at the very top, making the top of the screen look quite wasteful just with a load of blank aero-ness. Does google have a patent on having tabs at the top of the screen or something?

Jibberish18 said:

Guest said:

Does google have a patent on having tabs at the top of the screen or something?

I don't believe so as Firefox 4 Beta and Opera 11 both let you do it. They just don't do it by default if I'm correct.

Guest said:

No love for Windows XP, excellent.

And for people than will question xp, you can go back to your ultra high advance tech world on 7.

yowanvista yowanvista said:

Guest said:

No love for Windows XP, excellent.

And for people than will question xp, you can go back to your ultra high advance tech world on 7.

Why would you use a decade-old OS. IE9 requires advanced(WDDM...) features not included in XP

SSaywell said:

I used to use Firefox and always used to betas as my main broswer (i like the live life on the edge) but when IE9 beta came out i thought i would give it a try and loved it. The tabs on the same row as the address bar annoyed me at first but with the RC when i put them to there own line it didn't feel right so they are back to default. This broswer is a lot better, hopfully MS won't have to long in between updates so that it keeps up with the rest .

treeski treeski said:

I just downloaded the RC so I haven't really messed around with it. Does anyone else notice that the Techspot tab icon doesn't load in IE9? I don't think it did for the beta versions of IE9 either.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

treetops said:

Why don't they just buy firefox and hire there team.

EU would have a HUGE fit on how Microsoft monopolizes EVERYTHING without giving people choices, among other things... OH EU... *rolleyes*

Guest said:

Why would use use an outdated OS based on DOS?

Guest said:

No XP support.

Yet another irrelevant browser release from Microsoft. Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari, all of which kick IE's proverbial bu_tt, have no problem supporting XP. Amazing that the creator of this OS can't manage to support it.

More typical MS hi-jinx trying to push people to buy into their over-priced under-featured upgrades.

It's this approach to business that is slowly but surely driving the MS juggernaut into the ground. They could get away with it when they were the only game in town but those days are long over.

Guest said:

I totally agree. Anyone have a link to where I can get a copy of firefox for DOS?

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Guest said:

No XP support.

Yet another irrelevant browser release from Microsoft. Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari, all of which kick IE's proverbial bu_tt, have no problem supporting XP. Amazing that the creator of this OS can't manage to support it.

More typical MS hi-jinx trying to push people to buy into their over-priced under-featured upgrades.

It's this approach to business that is slowly but surely driving the MS juggernaut into the ground. They could get away with it when they were the only game in town but those days are long over.

I hate people who think that XP is the be-all-end-all of OSs. It is almost 10 YEARS OLD. Will you also complain how there is no Windows 2000, ME, 98, or 95 support? Why don't you look at Apple and complain that the latest versions of iTunes and Safari requires Mac OS X v10.5 with no support for OS X v10.0 (released same year as XP)? Quit crying, grow up, and stop wasting space with your literary diarrhea.

Guest said:

"Why would use use an outdated OS based on DOS?"

FYI: XP is based on the NT kernel, not DOS. Do some research.

Guest said:

Wang writes "I hate people who think that XP is the be-all-end-all of OSs. It is almost 10 YEARS OLD."

I hate people who think that we should be rewarding Microsoft with our hard earned money for producing such minuscule and meaningless improvements to their OS with over 10 years to work on it. In some respects, they have even managed to make it worse.

Apple at least:

a) adds innovation to their upgrades

b) releases one fully professional "Ultimate" version

c) doesn't treat its users like criminals with product activation nonsense and headaches

d) charges a reasonable price ($30) for an upgrade that offers MORE value than the ludicrous x6 price MS asks us to pay to fix Vista (aka Windows 7)

Other than copying the Dock in OSX, which I can get even better functionality from third party apps for XP, and Windows 7's (and Vista's) uselessness as a professional Audio platform due to the broken multimedia service, how is it better than that 10 year old OS?

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Guest said:

Wang writes "I hate people who think that XP is the be-all-end-all of OSs. It is almost 10 YEARS OLD."

I hate people who think that we should be rewarding Microsoft with our hard earned money for producing such minuscule and meaningless improvements to their OS with over 10 years to work on it. In some respects, they have even managed to make it worse.

Apple at least:

a) adds innovation to their upgrades

b) releases one fully professional "Ultimate" version

c) doesn't treat its users like criminals with product activation nonsense and headaches

d) charges a reasonable price ($30) for an upgrade that offers MORE value than the ludicrous x6 price MS asks us to pay to fix Vista (aka Windows 7)

Other than copying the Dock in OSX, which I can get even better functionality from third party apps for XP, and Windows 7's (and Vista's) uselessness as a professional Audio platform due to the broken multimedia service, how is it better than that 10 year old OS?

Either you need to do some more research or you are trolling quite hard.

Guest said:

Has anyone tried the tests on http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/? IE9 surpasses Chrome on almost all the tests!

Mizzou Mizzou said:

Just got it downloaded and installed, everything came across from IE8 without a hitch and it's definitely got more snap.

... doesn't treat its users like criminals with product activation nonsense and headaches

So I assume you feel that you're being treated as a criminal when you register any product you purchase ... or is that reserved exclusively for Microsoft? Virtually every third party product I've installed in recent years has a product or activation key and a registration process of some kind. Guess all these 3rd party development houses are also run by a band of theives.

Guest said:

IE9 seems faster than Chrome and definitely snappier than FF4. Looks like MS has a winner.

Guest said:

mattfrompa writes "Either you need to do some more research or you are trolling quite hard. "

A very troll-like contentless response.

The irony.

tonylukac said:

Allows you to turn off active-x. Win-win. Welcome to the new firefox, which did this 5 years ago. I'll bet it isn't the default setting. Websites will still change your files by visiting.

Guest said:

i have version "........413"? why do you say ".....412"?

Guest said:

Hey Mizzou, do a google search on "windows activation headache" or similar. The only people it aggravates and annoys are legitimate users.

I know people who actually cracked their store bought copies to avoid the hassle and insult of WPA.

And i can't imagine you're so naive as to think that the countless millions of dollars and development effort Microsoft has wasted on irritating and alienating their legitimate users with WPA (instead of improving the OS) compares in any way what-so-ever to the simple registration process used by the vast majority of applications out there.

If more Windows users stopped bending over and blindly taking it up the wazoozky from MS than perhaps MS would give them some reasonable value for their dollar compared to the competition. By mindlessly defending them you only make MS and Windows weaker in the long run.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well Guest: have you ever considered the fact that Apple charges excessively for their hardware solutions; hence the argument that they have in-built OS price into each Mac/Notebook they sell. So they charge people for 'incremental' improvements at much lower price. The difference is in the business model here. Even when windows service packs bring some new functionality, MS never charges any thing.

Secondly, Apple doesn't 'invent' everything, they have copied hell lots of things from windows as well, just use any search engine and I'm sure you can find many comparisons about it.

Lastly, to some extent I do see your point about MS's (and others for that matter) annoying product activation; I always believed that MS need to bring prices of their OS to more 'reasonable' level and that will surely help them in their fight against piracy, e.g. the idea of selling a Win7 HP family pack for 125$ (I don't remember where I read this price) was a brilliant one. But unfortunately they don't see things this way.

Guest said:

Have you seen Mozilla Firefox Beta 11? It's pretty darn good.

hitech0101 said:

wagan8r said:

Guest said:

No XP support.

Yet another irrelevant browser release from Microsoft. Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari, all of which kick IE's proverbial bu_tt, have no problem supporting XP. Amazing that the creator of this OS can't manage to support it.

More typical MS hi-jinx trying to push people to buy into their over-priced under-featured upgrades.

It's this approach to business that is slowly but surely driving the MS juggernaut into the ground. They could get away with it when they were the only game in town but those days are long over.

I hate people who think that XP is the be-all-end-all of OSs. It is almost 10 YEARS OLD. Will you also complain how there is no Windows 2000, ME, 98, or 95 support? Why don't you look at Apple and complain that the latest versions of iTunes and Safari requires Mac OS X v10.5 with no support for OS X v10.0 (released same year as XP)? Quit crying, grow up, and stop wasting space with your literary diarrhea.

I do not hate people blinded by MS.First of all the OS is 10 years old but still millions use it.All offices/educational institutions here still run on xp then again if say upgrade then first they buy all machines that can afford to run win7 then you buy win7 & then you have to buy all the software again for win7 then a couple years later a new OS then the whole thing starts again so simply why bother to upgrade just wait till everything that runs on xp is obsolete then we upgrade what is wrong here, just because MS releases OS doesn't mean we have to buy it but when when they stop releasing stuff for the old OS its like forcing people to upgrade which MS is very good at. Then again you have linux which is free but cannot be operated by anyone especially those guyz who are first time PC users.

MS just wants to make money thats all I don't see any significant or drastic improvement like from win98 to winxp that makes people really wanna upgrade, you can say technical stuff but still people just don't care.I never paid for any lousy MS stuff & i never will.

Guest said:

"Hey Mizzou, do a google search on "windows activation headache" or similar. The only people it aggravates and annoys are legitimate users."

Funny, I've installed hundreds of windows 7's and not had a single activation problem. Its a simple click when you're on the internet and you're done.

Had a lot more issues with legit XPs and often had to call Microsoft on those.

Get over XP already.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

when they stop releasing stuff for the old OS its like forcing people to upgrade which MS is very good at

It is not only MS but every tech company does that, yes it brings them lots of financial benefit; but the fact is technology is evolutionary whether you talk about hardware or software, hence the argument doesn't hold much ground.

The only thing with which I would want is, each major OS upgrade must bring something compelling which improves overall user experience and performance without compromising on security/stability.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

Wang writes "I hate people who think that XP is the be-all-end-all of OSs. It is almost 10 YEARS OLD."

I hate people who think that we should be rewarding Microsoft with our hard earned money for producing such minuscule and meaningless improvements to their OS with over 10 years to work on it. In some respects, they have even managed to make it worse.

Apple at least:

a) adds innovation to their upgrades

b) releases one fully professional "Ultimate" version

c) doesn't treat its users like criminals with product activation nonsense and headaches

d) charges a reasonable price ($30) for an upgrade that offers MORE value than the ludicrous x6 price MS asks us to pay to fix Vista (aka Windows 7)

Other than copying the Dock in OSX, which I can get even better functionality from third party apps for XP, and Windows 7's (and Vista's) uselessness as a professional Audio platform due to the broken multimedia service, how is it better than that 10 year old OS?

No, Apple will just Sue the crap out of you if you try to use their OS with anything other than a Mac.

I would say that is the most annoying activation headache in the world don't you think?

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

hitech0101 said:

I do not hate people blinded by MS.First of all the OS is 10 years old but still millions use it.All offices/educational institutions here still run on xp then again if say upgrade then first they buy all machines that can afford to run win7 then you buy win7 & then you have to buy all the software again for win7 then a couple years later a new OS then the whole thing starts again so simply why bother to upgrade just wait till everything that runs on xp is obsolete then we upgrade what is wrong here, just because MS releases OS doesn't mean we have to buy it but when when they stop releasing stuff for the old OS its like forcing people to upgrade which MS is very good at. Then again you have linux which is free but cannot be operated by anyone especially those guyz who are first time PC users.

MS just wants to make money thats all I don't see any significant or drastic improvement like from win98 to winxp that makes people really wanna upgrade, you can say technical stuff but still people just don't care.I never paid for any lousy MS stuff & i never will.

If you're implying that I'm blinded by MS, then you're mistaken. I've owned and used both Microsoft and Apple products, and soon an Android tablet, but that's beside the point. People need to realize that technology moves at a rapid pace. Get used to it, and don't complain to MS/Apple/Google because they are trying to keep current with technology and fend off irrelevancy. If MS did anything wrong, it was not replacing XP sooner. They let the user base get so widespread that it took two OS releases to finally start shaking up the OS scene. Your assertion about buying PCs, then the OS, and then new software to run on it is complete garbage. If you buy a new PC, it will come with Windows 7, and almost every XP compatible software is also Windows 7 compatible, BUT even if it isn't, Windows 7 Ultimate has XP virtualization for compatibility with XP only software. And saying that MS just wants to make money is supremely hypocritical. So do you, and without making money, you, MS, and I have no reason for our vocations. The world can't wait for you to be ready to move on with life. Unlike your house, your car, or perhaps your underwear, computer technology changes every day. Stop complaining about things you apparently don't even purchase.

P.S. Grammar is your friend. Learn it.

Guest said:

MS just wants to make money thats all

... and all the while i thought MS was a not-for-profit organization...

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

How do they make money from IE9 when they are giving it away for free? Just like every one else.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

I run XP SP3 and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on separate machines and I use them both regularly. On XP, I never miss IE9 because I run the latest versions of Chrome, Opera and Firefox. I only fire up IE8 when I need to check with Windows Update. On Windows 7, I'm going to give the IE9 RC a spin because for the first time in a long, long while, Microsoft has a browser that it can be proud of. By most accounts, it's stable, responsive, full-featured and most importantly, fast. It might not win the browser wars but it is right up there with the rest of the pack.

Guest said:

All comments summarize to this:

1. I hate people who hate people

2. IE9 RC is great, although not as great as MS-DOS used to be

3. Microsoft is evil who also happens to deliver one of the best products

4. Don't bother answering, or I call your mom and tell her that you use your browser for porno websites.

5. When life is unfair to you - it is a universal injustice, when to others - a reality show.

In the meantime, I installed IE9 RC on my Win7 64-bit Ultimate, and I don't look back. For those who can't - get over it!

Guest said:

In terms of ROI the Apple hardware\software combination trumps the Windows\Third-Party-Hardware quagmire easily.

The POA (Price of Admission) can be lower for Windows based computing but the CAHOO (Cost and Headaches of Ownership) are often fantastically higher for so many reasons.

Apple hardware can be sold up to 2 years later for only a 30% loss. With Winboxes you would be lucky to recoup 30% of the price you paid for it. This is a telling figure and even on its own makes going with Apple a better $. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Legacy is the only good reason to buy into a Windows box. If you are a techie\web-dev you'll get far more value out of Linux and if you are the average consumer then Apple will provide a much better experience and save you money (including in medical bills).

This is why IE9 is of little value if it only runs on current Windows OS's.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"In terms of ROI the Apple hardware\software combination trumps the Windows\Third-Party-Hardware quagmire easily."

That is one sweeping but utterly and stupendously wrong statement, stability wise I have never had any issues with any of the windows PC I've owned, and even when I had some issues I've been able to solve them most of the time. Now the only Mac (crap in those days) I used in late 80s was prone to so many 'unexplainable crashes' that it spent most of its 'warranty' period with the supplier. Although I do agree they have come a long way from those days.

Over the years one thing which I have observed is that people who go for 'very cheap' parts are the one usually ending up having all sort of issues.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

I think part of Microsoft's reason for making IE9 only available on Win7 is to push companies to upgrade their computers to Win7 as most still hang on to XP. In the company my dad works for, they're just now upgrading certain computers to Win7. All the upper level guys and the guys who design and plan projects get Win7 computers. But everyone stays on XP because it costs the company too much money to buy Win7 machines for the entire company. Businesses are all about saving money. They may start upgrading when Win8 comes out, though they'll probably only upgrade to Win7 (the company my dad works at upgraded to Office 2007 almost as soon as 2010 hit the market, lol).

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

mattfrompa writes "Either you need to do some more research or you are trolling quite hard. "

A very troll-like contentless response.

The irony.

Trolls deserve content? I think not.

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

I wish i could run it on Windows XP Professional 64 bit

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