IE 9 To Launch Monday, March 14
The final version of Internet Explorer 9 will be released by Microsoft on Monday, March 19.
According to Microsoft, IE 9 downloads will be available starting at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on March 14. A party announcing the launch will be held on that same day at the South by Southwest (SXSW) event, held in Austin.
In a Microsoft Channel 9 video, Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, thanked the overall testing community for delivering 17,000 pieces of feedback to Microsoft, spanning from the time of IE 9's beta release in September to its RC release in February. He noted that Microsoft made certain decisions about which HTML 5 features to support in IE 9, based not just on frequency of use, but also based on stability. For the promising yet still-evolving HTML 5 technologies not supported in the browser, Microsoft offers test cases for developers at its HTML5 Labs site.
Hachamovitch plans to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming MIX 11 Web developer event in Las Vegas, which will open on April 12.
The final IE 9 release will arrive a little more than one year from the time that Microsoft announced its first platform preview of IE 9. A general overview of what Microsoft intended to accomplish with IE 9 is described by Ryan Gavin, senior director of Internet Explorer business and marketing, in this Q&A. A list of some of the top features can be found here.
For every birth comes a death, and when it comes to Internet Explorer, Microsoft is showing enthusiasm not just about the arrival of IE 9, but also about the impending death of its IE 6 browser. Microsoft started an Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site that will chronicle the fading use of its near-decade-old browser. IE 6 continues to be used, but it has potential security risks and requires that Web developers code for quirks.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.