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Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

By Emil ยท 38 replies
Feb 10, 2011
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  1. 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

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,430   +457

    Let me guess 20 million hackers downloaded it lol. Why don't they just buy firefox and hire there team.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

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

    SSaywell TS Rookie Posts: 39

    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 :).
  8. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    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.
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,530   +420

    EU would have a HUGE fit on how Microsoft monopolizes EVERYTHING without giving people choices, among other things... OH EU... *rolleyes*
  10. Why would use use an outdated OS based on DOS?
  11. 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.
  12. I totally agree. Anyone have a link to where I can get a copy of firefox for DOS?
  13. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 605   +67

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 "Why would use use an outdated OS based on DOS?"

    FYI: XP is based on the NT kernel, not DOS. Do some research.
  15. 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?
  16. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +73

    Either you need to do some more research or you are trolling quite hard.
  17. Has anyone tried the tests on http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/? IE9 surpasses Chrome on almost all the tests!
  18. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 783

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

    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.
  19. IE9 seems faster than Chrome and definitely snappier than FF4. Looks like MS has a winner.
  20. mattfrompa writes "Either you need to do some more research or you are trolling quite hard. "

    A very troll-like contentless response.

    The irony.
  21. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    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.
  22. i have version "........413"? why do you say ".....412"?
  23. 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.
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

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

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