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New IE9 RC Announced

6:47 pm on Feb 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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New IE9 RC Announced [download.cnet.com]
The next generation of Internet Explorer is nearly ready for the public at large, as Microsoft announces the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 at the Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco's Union Square this morning.

A massive list of improvements debuted in the new RC, available for 32-bit Windows 7; 64-bit Windows 7; 32-bit Windows Vista; and 64-bit Windows Vista. Among the most notable enhancements are the new ActiveX filter, expanded support for HTML5 and "future-tech" standards, and advertiser tracking protection, which also was introduced this week into a prerelease version of Firefox 4.

The feature changes from the first beta are focused largely, yet not exclusively, on security. Like the Firefox 4 feature, the new "do not track" feature will prevent Web advertisers from tracking your behavior using a header-based solution. Unlike Mozilla's implementation of the protection, IE9 uses both the header and customizable blacklists, Internet Explorer business and marketing senior director Ryan Gavin said in an interview yesterday. "Using only the header is too narrow a solution," he said, noting that Internet Explorer also allows users to create a whitelist for sites that people actively want to track online surfing behavior.

3:25 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I did not find any new methods or properties added to IE9 and it seems that some people were saying that many sites that were broken in the beta are now working fine in the RC. They finally at least allowed the option to have tabs in their own dedicated toolbar however the GUI is still the least customizable GUI...I mean you can customize Safari ten fold more than IE.

I still think we got only a few scraps of CSS3, opacity, multiple background-image support, border-radius, CSS3 selectors and transforms are okay though Gecko and WebKit (and now even Presto/Opera) have been rocking out with much more impressive CSS3 features.

In regards to SVG support it seems that they were looking to get on par with Firefox 3.5.

There are two overwhelming problems however...

1.) While a lot of lost ground was gained it's simply not enough and web designers and web developers will one day be looking to forward to the demise of IE9.

2.) It's not available on XP and while every single other browser is available for XP we still have to deal with the fact that corporations and people will still use IE on XP. XP isn't the problem (actually Vista and 7 are total disasters) but Microsoft's inability to react to things on a timely basis.

IE9 simply won't make a big enough of an impact that we need it to make and Microsoft is still holding back the web only this time under the notion that they want people to stop using XP though they won't fix Vista and 7.

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3:04 am on Feb 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have it on one laptop and am very pleased with it. It fits in well with 7 and seems quicker. Still early days to see what it makes though.

One thing I did notice is the RC did not seem to keep all my previous IE8 settings so you may want to have a quick look through options to see what has changed.

I am disappointed that it won't work on XP as some of my older computers won't be upgrading to 7 and will stay XP until they die, but it would still have been nice to have the latest browser.

I have zero interest in Chrome, FF or Opera.
5:51 am on Feb 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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More talk on this subject: [theregister.co.uk...]
Microsoft has submitted its "do not track" browser technology to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for adoption as a industry standard.

The software giant's Tracking Protection technology unveiled in December and due in the next version of Internet Explorer is designed to let users of IE decide what information advertisers are allowed to learn about them during web browsing and internet searches.

Tracking Protection has been slotted into the IE9 release candidate that Microsoft made available on Thursday. The finished version of IE9 is expected soon.

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