Internet Explorer 9 Release Date (Soon?)

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 - Comments

Well, we don’t have a release date for the Internet Explorer 9 yet, but we have something better for you: Microsoft released a preview demo of the Internet Explorer 9. IE9 will be using the Chakra Javascript engine that Opera 10.5 is using now. So, will the all-new Internet Explorer 9 claim the throne of the world’s fastest web browser?

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Internet Explorer 9 Release Date

Internet Explorer 9: What to expect?

No, the preview demo is NOT a beta, it’s supposed to give web developers and interested enthusiasts an early preview of the upcoming Internet Explorer 9. HTML5 is just around the corner, so Microsoft’s next version of the Internet Explorer will include improved support for it. It will also be a lot faster (probably up to 7-10 times faster)! Thanks to the new Javascript-engine Chakra (that gave Opera 10.5 quite a nice boost), IE9 will be faster than ever. Hardware acceleration is another great feature of the Internet Explorer 9 that will boost the browser speed.

  • Improved Support for HTML5
  • Javascript Engine Chakra
  • Hardware Acceleration

Download Internet Explorer 9 Preview Demo

Speculations: Release Date for Internet Explorer 9

Many browsers out there already support many of the new HTML5 features. Google’s browser Chrome already supports Web Canvas, Web Storage, Sandbox for iFrames, Web Workers, GeoLocation and Embed Video/Audio without flash plugins. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 only supports Web Storage so far.

Microsoft has to catch up, but they did not  give us more details about the release date. If they follow a 2-year schedule, Microsoft will be releasing the Internet Explorer 9 in late 2010 or early 2011. Hopefully, there will be an Internet Explorer 9 beta test soon (this summer?). Considering that they already released a preview demo, we can now start looking forward to the beta!

IE9 Release Date Speculations:

Beta Test: Late Summer/Fall 2010
Release Date: Late 2010/Early 2011

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Rounded Corners! And The World Goes Round Again …

Internet Explorer 9 Rounded Corners

Image: Drawing of rounded corners in Internet Explorer 9
Web developers have been waiting for this. There are thousands of methods to achieve rounded corners via CSS or Javascript, but even the Nifty CSS rounded corners are far from being the perfect solution for rounded corners, but the IE9 will include more CSS3 standards that support perfect drawing of rounded corners.

If you’re a web developer and you want to find out more about the Internet Explorer 9, you might want to read this article on the official MSDN Internet Explorer blog.

We’ll be testing the preview demo of the Internet Explorer 9 and will shortly post a first review of the speed, features and general improvements.


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21 Responses to Internet Explorer 9 Release Date (Soon?)

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Zacharry Williams said:

    Its about time Microsoft got their act together regarding web browser technology. They have almost always been years behind the curve (not saying they still aren’t, because they are :P) but they are indeed catching up.
    CSS3 has been out for years now, and support in most modern browsers has been improving vastly, except in IE. With IE9, one can only hope that there wont be ANY more need for javascript or CSS hacks to get IE to behave the way its supposed to work.

    Lets just hope that they don’t rush this like everything they tend to do. I would rather it be another month late, than have to work around tons of bugs that shouldn’t be there in the first place.
    Like Windows 7, this could finally be their ticket back into the browser war.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    barnabas said:

    windows has been rubbish so far and I have long switch to other browsers like opera. But indeed looking forward to any improvements in IE9 cos tired of writing code for other browsers and it doesn’t work quite well in IE.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Linux said:

    MS products sucks and smart people know that! I have been using Ubuntu linux more than 5 years and am realy happy that I did the swich. No more viruses, no more spying on me, I can do what I want the way I want to do it, I can change look and feel of my OS without paying money or hacking, cracking mu OS. I have named just a few benefits, but there are much more…

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    arby said:

    MS has been dead in the water for years, and believe me it knows it. Stop playing ‘catch-up’ with Apple and Linux and do something with actual integrity.

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    MS has not been dead for years. Just yesterday they announced very solid income numbers, because Windows 7 is selling very well (to businesses and consumers)

    I don’t use the IE myself, but if Internet Explorer 9 is going to be any decent and can provide full HTML5 support, faster engine and more extension then IE9 will leave the competition far behind. Why? Because Microsoft have the determination and money. Mozilla, Opera don’t have that much money, only Google does, but they don’t advertise Chrome on TV, do they? Besides, even if Internet Explorer 9 fails Microsoft only relies on Office/Windows and those are doing VERY well.

    Anyway, as for the release date discussion I believe that they will release the Internet Explorer 9 this year, because they know that the competition will bring out new releases too.

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    matt said:

    There is only one problem with an iMac…
    The problem is Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) only works on windows…
    Not an iMac…
    I like IE9 because it pass more test than any other web browser.

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Shane said:

    Microsoft’s problem is it takes them a year or two to release a new browser.

    Webkit / Gecko based browsers are updated all year round, it means that Internet Explorer is up to date for a couple of weeks, then a couple of weeks later the rest have a new html5 feature which throws them ahead.

    Internet Explorer should just start using webkit, nobody would know better, and their team could contribute to that, then they can bring out updates every time chrome and safari do.

    IE6 introduced the word to standards, css2 and decent javascript capabilities, but their failure to force users to update has left us with a mess.

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Don Viteri said:

    IE9 is out now, its @ Microsoft site 4 free – so far it handles pretty good, have not encountered any probs yet. Running on Windows 7 Alienware.

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Don, IE9 is still in beta, so it’s not really out, but yea I recommend everyone to give it a try. The Internet Explorer has never been better. Even web developers and geeks will learn to appreciate this improved browser.

    Download links and review:
    http://windows7themes.net/download-internet-explorer-9-beta.html

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Media Designer said:

    HTML5 is just around the corner? Sorry, but you blinked and missed the parade.
    HTML5 is here, now, and being used regularly (ie – DAILY) by many designers and developers.
    Even if IE9 is at the front of the pack, it won’t be for long. With a 2yr release cycle competing with Google’s 6 week cycle, IE9 will be out of date before release.

    Microsoft needs to get out of the browser business. Give it up.

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    This was posted 7+ months ago and back then HTML5 was relatively new.

    Also, you should not underestimate Microsoft. They have a large advertising budget and have learned a lot from their marketing mistakes in the past (vista..). They might never be the geek’s first choice, but they will reach a lot of “normal” users. Google is still too arrogant to advertise on TV, a big mistake if you ask me…

    Microsoft might be on a slow release cycle, but they will adopt if they have to. With IE9 they will get back the market share that they lost in the past. Proof: Internet Explorer 9 beta => 2 million downloads and counting.

    Also, there is no “perfect” browser. All of them have their own strengths and weaknesses.

    For everyone who’s looking forward to the release date of IE9, there’s still no official release date, but I suppose Microsoft will announce it soon.

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Ivan said:

    I’m olny 11, but I’ve seen IE 6, 7 and 8. I’ve tried out IE9 beta too, and I’m typing with IE9 as well. And of course, IE9 is by far the best of them all. I’ve even switched from Firefox to IE9. Firefox 4 impressed me because Firefox 3 is really ugly. And i hate google chrome. Not sure why, though, but I just do. So try out IE9, if you still haven’t, and you’ll be hooked on it. Strongly recommended!

  13. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    jason said:

    Well, Personally i’ve always been fine with IE. Even as a developer for many years i’ve always been fine with it and never had a problem with it. I like how IE works and i don’t mind it being a little behind the curve. Developers often forget it seems that there are millions and millions of web pages that contain valuable information that will never see a developer ever touch them again, so tags and old methods becoming no longer supported is something i’ve yet to see in my career. I’ve known about certain tags that were depricated 13 years ago when i began in this and are still working in browsers. This being said… developing at the very front of the curve is only useful if you make sites for the small group of people you can count on to have the technology to view it.
    I think it’s funny how many developers i know who make things that they debug in IE for hours and yet i immediately help them solve their problem. I think friends of IE have an easier time writing code for it. I’ve always learned code with IE as a default browser and never had a problem with it working in the opposite direction. People who complain are really just frustrated because they’ve spent too much wasted time not having something that “SHOULD” work work in IE but if they always used IE they’d know exactly how to code something for IE the first time and all that time could’ve been saved working on the next project.

  14. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    BHML said:

    Hi, just installed ie9beta on my desktop (Win7-64 EN) to give it a try. And have to say, it’s working like a charm. I switched over to firefox a while back since ie7&8 behaved absolutely poor, but am back on ie9 now. It’s abosutely fast and as webdesigner….me like. Downside…couldn’t get the beta to work properly (yet) on my girlfriends laptop (win7-64 PL), mainly my problem i guess (my polish isn’t the best). When reading through the thread…i fully agree with jason…and very much like ivan’s comment…..yes for now ie9 is by far the best. And for all linux fans…i like linux myself,worked with it for years, but be honest…1,5-4% marketshare (who are you kiddin’)

  15. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Forum Profiles said:

    I have to admit IE 9 beta is acting very well. I made the switch recently and I’m very pleased with that. I got sick with FF taking all of my resources, and I don’t have a crappy machine. When I run FF I feel like running 3DS MAX…

  16. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Grozniy said:

    What does linux have to do with market share, meaning the crap that is being marketed, sold and used against decent people?
    I know one person in UK who ran linux server without restarting it for not less than 8 years. Linux world is for those who are into computing and freedom of information, and it is nice to have no crowd in this field anyway.

  17. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ghanks said:

    Funny that IE9 still only gets 95 on the acid3 test,
    Firefox 4 beta gets 97, 3.6.13 gets 94 and Chrome and Opera both score 100, (And both appear noticibly faster than IE9 on a win7 machine with dual quad cord procs and 20 g ram)

  18. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    ghanks, you should try IE9 yourself and you will see that it’s a very fast browser and personally I’d say it’s a lot faster than Firefox, at least on my machine. I use Chrome, IE9 and Firefox, depending on what I want to do, they all have their own weaknesses and strengths.

  19. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    John said:

    I am using both IE and Firefox. I really hate using google chrome. We really do not know how much data(behaviour, cookies, urls) are submitted to google. I stopped using the google toolbar and i dont even install a google based application(exe) in my machine.

    That being said, if required I will use firefox or opera if needed. I use firefox because of the ADDONs mainly. If IE9 supports the addons can be written in .Net framework, i hope this gap also can be filled easily. But I am not sure microsoft will do it in the future or in IE9.

  20. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    hans said:

    Have I heard right that IE9 doesn’t work on XP? I’m not going to upgrade a 3year old pc for Window7. Thanks Microsoft, nice to be left behind. wheres that firefox download page :-(

  21. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Jim said:

    I’m an old geezer running a 256 MB Model T! I tried Google Chrome and removed it within hours. It’s ugly…wrong artist colors and wrong feel! Lousy choice of typeface as well. Hire some old school graphic designers for cryin’ out loud. I may have to break down and buy a newer hot rod. Then I’ll be able to try W9. Wish be luck…and a few more breaths. j

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