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Internet Explorer 9 RC May Arrive in February

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The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9 is expected to arrive in less than two weeks at a press event in San Francisco.

Friday Microsoft reportedly sent out media invites for an Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) event taking place in San Francisco on February 10, indicating that the Release Candidate (RC) of IE9 has been delayed from its previously targeted January 28 launch.

Although unconfirmed, the company is expected to reveal IE9 RC during the press event, sporting built-in support for GPUs, HTML 5 and a number of new enhancements including location privacy. Microsoft is also expected to introduce its new Tracking Protection feature in the new browser which will allow users to prevent site-tracking cookies from revealing their surfing habits.

According to unnamed sources, the RC build will include an ActiveX filter that allows users to control what ActiveX elements are displayed on websites they visit. The Redmond company is also said to have improved the user interface with enhancements to the address bar buttons and adding square tabs. The download manager has also been updated to display the transfer speed of files without the need for hovering the mouse over individual downloads.

Winrumors reports that Internet Explorer 9 RC build 9.0.8073.6003 has already appeared on numerous file-sharing sites. The leaked browser is an escrow version and not expected to represent the final shipping version of IE9 RC. Screenshots of a later build have also surfaced--9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300)-- which can be seen here.

Earlier this month, Microsoft stated that the beta version of IE9 had been downloaded over 20 million times since it became available in September. "IE9 now accounts for 0.46-percent of internet users worldwide at year end," said Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer Product Marketing. "In the three months since the beta launch, we have also released two platform previews and became the leading browser in JavaScript performance as measured by WebKit SunSpider."

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    JohnnyLucky , January 28, 2011 11:19 PM
    Viewer location privacy sounds interesting. I keep getting ads for local stuff on web pages that I visit that have nothing to do with the information I am seeking.
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    Anonymous , January 28, 2011 11:22 PM
    dont listen to this. websites also said that ie9 rc was going to be released in january
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    joytech22 , January 28, 2011 11:49 PM
    When i installed IE9 beta GTA wouldn't launch properly..
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    Anonymous , January 29, 2011 1:05 AM
    i hope they add text-shadow for the RC
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    nebun , January 29, 2011 2:09 AM
    joytech22When i installed IE9 beta GTA wouldn't launch properly..

    google chrome does the same thing for some apps
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    JamesSneed , January 29, 2011 4:00 AM
    I have had some issues with IE9 for certain apps and the compatibilty mode seems to work well. It looks like a broken link just right of the address bar. Just click it and see if that solves your issue with GTA.
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    enforcer22 , January 29, 2011 7:54 AM
    I don't like the beta. I hope the rc is much nicer... or i might actually switch browsers.
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    Pawessum16 , January 29, 2011 8:05 AM
    I downloaded it, used it about 5 times, went "oh cool", and then back to chrome I went with my trusty adblocker. When this full version finally comes out, my reaction will probably be the same.
    As for the GTA problem it's funny that you guys mention that because I've been having the same problems and had no idea why. I have to press the launch button in steam about a million times for it to start.
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    ALANMAN , January 29, 2011 2:55 PM
    joytech22When i installed IE9 beta GTA wouldn't launch properly..


    Same thing happened to me. After IE9 installed it won't launch at all. Did a system restore to before IE9 installed and now GTA launches.

    WTF?
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    PudgyChicken , January 29, 2011 3:53 PM
    Who the hell gives a single shit about Internet Explorer? It sucks. Seriously. Now go remove it from your computer and install a real browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.
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    Silmarunya , January 29, 2011 5:50 PM
    pudgychickenWho the hell gives a single shit about Internet Explorer? It sucks. Seriously. Now go remove it from your computer and install a real browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.


    True, it did suck. But IE 9 is a huge improvement, on par with Firefox 4.0 speedwise. It's a really nice browser, but the lack of synchronization and ad blocking make it a no no for me.
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    cookoy , January 30, 2011 12:54 PM
    i'd probably download the final release, install it and use it only if microsoft site forces me to use it. otherwise, Firefox, Opera, Chrome will do just fine.
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    wild9 , January 30, 2011 6:23 PM
    Well one thing I can be sure of..I'll be coming to this site to read the reviews, benchmarks etc ;)  Only then will I make a choice as to whether or not it's worth it. I've been using Opera a lot over the last couple of years and really like it. I run Opera and IE8 under XP with no probs; I've yet to encounter one single conflict, which is more than can be said for certain video-hosting site..yeah, you know..the one that seems to crawl a lot of the time no matter what browser you run it under.
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    dingo_d , January 31, 2011 11:37 AM
    Any browser without adblock is a no go for me... Plus I really cannot find a decent browser that can match Chromes speed...
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    carlhenry , January 31, 2011 1:33 PM
    the back button still looks ripped and cut. a minor annoyance for me...
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    eddieroolz , January 31, 2011 7:08 PM
    It feels like it's been forever since the beta launch, but finally a RC build. Hopefully it will resolve some of the hangs I've been having lately.
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    captaincharisma , January 31, 2011 7:54 PM
    Quote:
    Same thing happened to me. After IE9 installed it won't launch at all. Did a system restore to before IE9 installed and now GTA launches.

    WTF?


    its a BETA what do you expect?
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    mayankleoboy1 , February 1, 2011 12:54 AM
    ie9 is :super fast" and cool and all of that but i wii be sticking to my ff because of add-ons.
    seriously, they contributed a lot to the popularity of ff.
    adblockplus FTW
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    Anonymous , February 10, 2011 5:55 AM
    Someone does not know how to look in IE9 options for popup blocks. I just looked and it does have it and exactly same kind of thing in Firefox 4 beta. Learn stuff before you speak.
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