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We are pleased to announce that today we are releasing the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (RC).
For a more detailed description of our approach in building and shipping the IE9 RC, you should read our engineering team’s post on the IE Blog. The IE9 RC is feature complete and is available for download now at www.beautyoftheweb.com.
We’ve seen a fantastic reaction to the IE9 Platform Previews, and we’ve had over 25 million downloads of the IE9 Beta itself making it our fastest adopted browser beta of all time. IE9 Beta has been downloaded about 1.5 times more than IE8 Beta over the same time period. When adjusted for the installed base of PCs that can run IE9, IE9 Beta has actually been downloaded at a rate of almost 3 times that of IE8 Beta.
We’ve also received some great feedback from thousands of customers and developers over the last few months to help us make improvements to the IE9 Beta. In fact, we’ve received over 17,000 pieces of feedback from our Connect site. This video shows the reaction of the some of the developers who have been working with IE9.
The IE9 RC includes a number of important improvements consistent with our vision of delivering an all-around fast browser, one that puts the focus on your sites, strengthens our commitment to privacy and security, and delivers on our the commitment to developers to enable them to use the same markup and site-ready HTML5. For example, the IE RC includes:
We are especially excited to see the number of partners and developers embracing IE9 and taking advantage of the performance capabilities and the integration with Windows 7 to create great new web experiences for customers. At a small event in San Francisco to mark the release of the RC, we are joined by partners such hi5, Gilt Groupe, Archetype, Huffington Post, and Grant Skinner, and LIVESTRONG.COM. Partners are already seeing a strong return on their IE9 work.
You can see more of these partner experiences at www.beautyoftheweb.com.
The RC milestone is an important one. The code is feature complete and the final release of RTW is the next stop. IT professionals are encouraged to leverage the resources available on Springboard IE TechCenter to start exploring IE 9 RC. Bu t our most important call to action is for developers: get your sites ready for IE9 and start taking advantage of the new possibilities to help build a more beautiful web.
You can read more about the RC and the changes we’ve made on the IE Blog or by visiting the Internet Explorer page of the Microsoft News Center.
Ryan Gavin Senior Director, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing
YES! Thank you! Downloading now.
Still no spell-checker? Is there a reason why the maker of Word does not include a spell-checker in its browser?
E9 RC is nice!
You see, if there had been a spell-checker, it might have warmed me about that E9 spelling.
IE9 is nice!
And yet spell-checker couldn't have caught "warmed me" :P
Still renders Twitter pages and YouTube channels wrong. No wounded corners or drop shadows. sigh.. I am dissapointed.
Downloading on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1 RTM...
yep its faster than beta but it still need some works till final version .
seems it has problem with some applications like wordpress.org (cant update .it will hang when i switch from html to visual and vice verse... dont know the exact problem
it has problem with grooveshark .sometimes crash when u are playing a list...
plus in facebook i dont know why just with IE .whenever i middle click on a (just Picture) it will open it in same page instead of different tap .
but anyway great job...
hope these problems be solved before final release ... i really need a big switch . tired of firefox and chrome !!!
oh plus download manager seems have problem .the speed is super low compare to any other kind of download manager .. maybe more than 15 times slower ...
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh. NO. Please say it ain't so. I'm Assuming RC means that we won't see a spell check until IE10 at the earliest. I am absolutely gutted. I'd go as far as to say I'm distrought when in fact I meant distraught. I'd happily swap hardware acceleration for a spell check. Doing copy/pasta into Bing to check every comment makes it almost irresistable, sorry I mean irresistible, to use another browser.
I want to believe.
Now, I installed IE 9 RC and I get this error in the sidebar windows vista + SP2, a screenshot:
If IE9 installed Windows Vista RC + SP2 does not support background applications transparency in png format
Sorry for errors but my english is not very good.
I Greet: Adam.
IE9 RC is awesome. I love it. Testing with different pages. Works super cool. I can now scroll as the pages starts loading rather than wait till the end of the page load. My mouse scroll has super control over the page.
Waiting for a big treat in the final release.
Latest Facts about RC:
1. Optional tabs positioning is a great.
2. Site loading indicator is making sense now!
3. Missing spell checker is a disappointment.
4. CreateDownload button in download manager would be a great addition!
5. Google-Sputnik and SunSpider tests are thriving in IE9 as compared to FFb11 and GC.
6. Acid3 test, as always, is shy to reach 100 in IE9.
7. http://dromaeo.com/?id=129737 <- benchmark result looking bad as compared to FFb11's -> http://dromaeo.com/?id=129743 (recursive calls one is reasonably slow! I thought it would be regex..)
8. Also, comparatively getting poor results with V8-benchmarks v8.googlecode.com/.../run.html
IE9 has supported CSS rounded corners since 2009 internal builds. See blogs.msdn.com/.../an-early-look-at-ie9-for-developers.aspx
The reason you're not seeing them on twitter/etc is because they use nonstandard vendor-prefixed properties to enable the feature. there are two sets of rounded-corner CSS on twitter; one for -moz and one for -webkit. IE9 does not use a vendor prefix for rounded corners -- when the vendor prefixes are removed from the site's CSS, then the rounded corners will work.
"When we added border-radius, we decided not to use –ms as the specification was a Candidate Recommendation at the time. The full module is again a Working Draft to resolve box-shadow issues but border-radius is still at Candidate Recommendation stability. Other browsers either already support the unprefixed version or will in an upcoming release."
@pir0zhki Seems I need to start complaining to these stupid twitter web devs intead of Microsoft. Thanks for the support man.
I really like new IE 9 :) i will test it for a week and consider moving from chrome ;) I love new layout and tabs pin in win7 :) Great job !
I don't understand what you mean with "get your sites ready for IE9" - what do we need to get ready on a site that is standards-based?
As I understand the current IE9 RC still does not support CSS3 - so yes we'll avoid that and we'll continue feature-detection on our site (since IE9 does not support certain HTML5 technologies like WebSockets).
What will Microsoft do for customers using outdated IE browsers? And how can websites help you in moving those customers to modern browsers?
The RC is nice...I'm still seeing rendering issues with msnbc.com though. Would also really like to see a native spell-checker without having to go the Add-On route.
When they say "get your sites ready for IE9" they're talking about adding metadata to support your site being pinned to the taskbar...for example: selecting an alternate favicon, customize the color of the navigation buttons, add tasks, etc. There are other features for pinned sites as mentioned above, including overlay icons to show status, etc.
Websites become first-class citizens (almost applications unto themselves) on the Win7 desktop, which provides a lot of compelling possibilities.
Hopefully we'll get the few remaining IE6 users to upgrade when their Pentium III computer finally dies and they have to buy a new one. (I stopped worrying about IE6 support last year)
My biggest concern for IE9 is lack of WinXP support...I know too many people who simply cannot afford to buy a new computer or upgrade their current one to Win7. That means IE9's a no-go for them. :(
I really tried... I set ie9 rc as my default browser and tried to leave chrome.
- Lastpass doesn't work in pinned sites
- Links clicked in pinned site, launch in the same pinned window (what's the point? might as well just pin a simple shortcut... this should work more like chrome)
...annoying but fine, I stopped using pinned sites.
YET::: NO INLINE SPELL CHECK!
...which has caused me to switch back to chrome.
Why?... why no inline spell check?
Great work otherwise... I really like the path MS is taking lately.
Just add inline spell check and you have a new convert... and fixing pinned sites would be grand too.
I really do not understand the outrage at the lack of an inline spell checker. To be honest, it really annoys me in all other browsers, and was one of the things I liked about IE8. I would say a large percentage of input that I type into a web browser, is my username, email address or password. It's frustrating because I know my username is not a word... I am aware of this.
Anyway about to download the RC. My main concern it IE's CSS3 support... We shall see.
But you MUST release IE9 support for Windows XP! Even if it requires SP3.
The single biggest problem deterring adoption and developers is market-penetration.
The excuse about the nature of the OS is lame -- I remember IE4, it changed the OS. It may not be as easy to provide IE9 on XP, but it is worth while, in fact it is essential.