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Internet Explorer 9 RC May Arrive in February

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
    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.
  • dont listen to this. websites also said that ie9 rc was going to be released in january
  • joytech22
    When i installed IE9 beta GTA wouldn't launch properly..
  • i hope they add text-shadow for the RC
  • nebun
    joytech22When i installed IE9 beta GTA wouldn't launch chrome does the same thing for some apps
  • JamesSneed
    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.
  • enforcer22
    I don't like the beta. I hope the rc is much nicer... or i might actually switch browsers.
  • Pawessum16
    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.
    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.

  • PudgyChicken
    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.