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Microsoft Confirms March 14 Release Date for IE9

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Following a ton of rumors and speculation, Microsoft has finally confirmed the official launch date for the next version of Internet Explorer, IE9.

Last week there were rumors that Microsoft would release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 at the SXSW conference next Monday. When word got out that Microsoft had it's own SXSW IE party scheduled for March 14, people seemed even more sure of the date. Though the official theme of the party was "Celebrate the Beauty of the Web," it looks like Microsoft was actually hinting at something much more significant.

In a blog post published on the official IE blog, Microsoft's Ryan Gavin, Senior Director for Internet Explorer Business and Marketing, revealed that they would indeed be shipping IE9 on Monday, March 14.

"Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us," he wrote.

"We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific."

Five days to go!

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    jhansonxi , March 10, 2011 12:39 AM
    So IE6 users can rest easy as they're only three releases behind. :p 
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    pclee , March 10, 2011 12:47 AM
    Of course I'll upgrade. Hopefully more by choice than by force.
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    eddieroolz , March 10, 2011 2:21 AM
    I'm glad IE9 is finally going to be pushed out. It's a great browser that deserves all the praise it can get.
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    adamboy64 , March 10, 2011 2:56 AM
    Ah this is good. I'll be updating as soon as I can.
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    phexac , March 10, 2011 4:00 AM
    What I want to know is why the initial speed-dial-like page of the most frequented sites does not generate mini-preview of the sites. I just shows the site name and icon in a white box. Makes it's pretty obvious there should be a picture there. Pretty silly imo.
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    blackwidow_rsa , March 10, 2011 4:26 AM
    wonder if we'll be getting a ie9.5?
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    sleeace , March 10, 2011 8:12 AM
    Now when will my FireFox 4.0 done?
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    footsoldier , March 10, 2011 11:12 AM
    Why no longer there are any thumbs up/thumbs down comments? ???
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    notanakin , March 10, 2011 11:17 AM
    phexacWhat I want to know is why the initial speed-dial-like page of the most frequented sites does not generate mini-preview of the sites. I just shows the site name and icon in a white box. Makes it's pretty obvious there should be a picture there. Pretty silly imo.



    Yes, didn't Opera have this feature more than five years ago? I loved that browser.... it was really cutting edge for its time - tabbed browsing! And it had a great "Paste and Go" right-click option for pasting a URL into the address bar.
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    scott_madison1 , March 10, 2011 12:51 PM
    i quit using IE because of 8 and switched to firefox. which has a problem with facebook.

    footsoldierWhy no longer there are any thumbs up/thumbs down comments? ???



    its been broken for a while now, not sure whats up with it and why tom's wont fix it...
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    phexac , March 10, 2011 3:53 PM
    notanakinYes, didn't Opera have this feature more than five years ago? I loved that browser.... it was really cutting edge for its time - tabbed browsing! And it had a great "Paste and Go" right-click option for pasting a URL into the address bar.


    Opera is a still a great browser. It's my main browser these days.
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    bourgeoisdude , March 10, 2011 4:25 PM
    footsoldierWhy no longer there are any thumbs up/thumbs down comments? ???


    It's been semi-broken for a while now. I say semi-broken because, in least in my experience, rating works on the article page, but the thumbs only show up in the forum page. It's really a shame.
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    galeener , March 10, 2011 6:11 PM
    I had a lot of issues with IE9 even the release canidate I went back to IE8
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 8:03 PM
    Great, now that's FOUR different ways of incorrectly rendering markup I have to test against! Yay!
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    Anonymous , March 10, 2011 10:14 PM
    I think that the web developers of the world need to form an alliance and refuse to do any testing of IE for their websites, just let the website render improperly or not work at all. I bet Microsoft will finally come up with a browser that doesn't do things "their way".
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    ern88 , March 10, 2011 10:50 PM
    Who cares. I Love Google Chrome 10. MS is too late for the game.
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    mayankleoboy1 , March 13, 2011 1:09 AM
    ill definitely upgrade my ie9 rc to full version. test it on the ie9 fish tank demo and wont use it ever.
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    Anonymous , March 14, 2011 11:09 AM
    So technically it won't be released until midnight on the 14th on the East Coast. For those of us who don't plan on staying up late just to download a browser, that means it's really being released on the 15th. *burp*
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