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Ready or not Internet Explorer 9 is coming to SXSW

The final version of Internet Explorer 9 will be released at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on March 14, 2011. Are you ready for a more beautiful web?

According to the Exploring IE blog, Microsoft representatives are attending the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, to release the final version of Internet Explorer 9. Users will be able to download the latest version of the company's Web browser at 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, March 14, 2011.

The blog goes on to hint at some of the surprises Microsoft has in store for SXSW and for attendees of the release party. It sounds like it will be a big production. It is too bad I am going to miss it -- I like a good party.

Courtesy of Microsoft

As for Internet Explorer 9, I have not been overwhelmed by the new browser. Many of the "cool" new features that are supposed to be part of the "more beautiful web" slogan are features I consider cosmetic at best. And some, to be frank, are just downright annoying.

I am definitely going to look for ways to personalize my "beautiful web experience" so that it suites me more.

What do you think of Internet Explorer 9? Are you looking forward to a more beautiful web?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

20 comments
Aramel
Aramel

This sounds very interesting.I guess the new internet explorer will be the bomb.Anyway I don't usually surf online too much.I spend more time on bsg online.I guess this is my hobby and I really enjoy it.

wb8mwr
wb8mwr

Why is MS leaving the casual user in the dirt by not servicing us? I've got a reliable PC in my XP. Planned obsolescence doesn't seem like good P R. I've got more important things to spend my funds on than constantly replacing a good PC just so I can keep a current O S.

Slayer_
Slayer_

That fact that they intend to still make updates for it is amazing, they must have some very old source code lying around. I bet the developers cringe when they have to make a change to XP.

PoppaTab
PoppaTab

I used the beta with no troubles. I installed the RC version and it conflicted with my gadgets. I do hope the final release will have that fixed. I was impressed with the RC because it was a lot faster. There were ad blocking tools and other was to make IE 9 nearly the same as Chrome and FireFox. I welcome a change in the default Windows browser.

henry.west
henry.west

For one simple reason that only these have print preview. I use this regularly, so it's a must for me. I started to use IE 64 bit, but had to drop that not for any fault of IE but because neither Adobe Flash nor Roboform have yet emerged in 64 bit compatible format - shame that. I am certainly looking forward to the final release of IE9. So far it has been stable, fast and compliant.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

All the major UI changes make it look and act more like chrome. Not necessarily a bad thing, but interesting just the same. Bill

Kent Lion
Kent Lion

With MS, past performance has been an idicator of future performance. I use IE much less since the last "upgrade", because it suddenly became soooooo slowwwww. Beauty doesn't come from the browser, it comes from the web page, the video card/driver/OS combination, and the monitor; and supporting more effects adds eyewash, not beauty.

VirtualPro
VirtualPro like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

If you tell me IE9 will finally be stable, secure, perform and provide solid functionality (no more monthly fixes).. great! If you tell me they have just changed the interface and rearranged everything making necessary to take hours out of my day to re-learn the same old functions (like Office 2010) & then charge me more money to stay supported - then they can keep it!

grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051

Every browser gets updates and some release more updates than others. Chrome is definately way ahead in updating than the others, they just throw it all into new versions rather than just updates.

gak
gak

I believe IE9 is the best MS can do. You know, with the current attitude towards MS, even while it is improving somewhat, they can neither have all that plugins the other have nor encourage things like ads blocking. It is finally a usable product good enough for a causal user, but Chrome may be even better. For anything special I need one of the FF plugins. So, IE9 is a very good news for those who still care about the default browser users and the reference point for the rest of us.

fkowal
fkowal

Running IE9 release Candidate, Jeesh what a difference in speed in rendering pages. So what some of the Beauty of the web is "eye candy" in my opinion anything to speed of the standard pages is worth the upgrade. Very Smooth browser, What do I wish it had built in, MOUSE GESTURES like Maxthon! P.S I have Firefox 4 Beta and Chrome Beta's as well. All Our nice in their own ways, But for IE, IE 9 is a "beauty for web" in my opinion so far.

abc123a
abc123a

You should have added another option to your poll? Do you still use I.E.

adornoe
adornoe

like the vast majority of people would answer...well Duh!

Dethpod
Dethpod

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers Regardless, up until IE8, IE was (and still is) a nightmare for developers. IE 9 is supposed to be standards compliant. Finally. The biggest impediment to developing modern web sites is IE 6 and 7. Even Google has stopped supporting IE 6 for Google docs. A lot of developers are excited to finally have an IE browser that supports standards and allows us to implement CSS3 and HTML5. Perhaps one day we won't have to write two sites: One for IE and one for the rest of the browsers.

adornoe
adornoe

According to Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Net Applications, IE's usage share rose by nearly eight-tenths of a percentage point to finish February at 56.8%. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9212298/IE_s_browser_share_jumps_after_accounting_change Notice how adjustments need to be made as other parts of the world need to be accounted for, like China, where IE is the biggest player there. Now, whether a browser is simple or difficult to code for is irrelevant when counting the numbers and the shares. What I write would work on any browser and if I need to tweak for certain behaviors in different browsers, it's not something which takes considerable time or effort to do. But, the tweaking part is something which I'm doing a lot less of lately with just about all browsers becoming standards compliant.

cdnjay
cdnjay

I was hoping they'd do a bit more with the UI but the impressive rendering engine improvements are LONG overdue so I'm very much looking forward to those.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What do you think of Internet Explorer 9? Are you looking forward to a more beautiful web?