It appears that Microsoft has finally decided to set a release date for its long-awaited Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. Although the information hasn’t been officially confirmed, many sites and experts are expecting the launch of one of the Redmond-based company’s flagship products. Why? Because Ballmer and co. (among which is the Internet Explorer team) will be holding a press event next February 10th where they are planning to “share some important news”.
If you add this to the recent leaked screenshots of a RC build (which won’t be the final candidate, though), it’s logical to conclude that Microsoft will be unveiling the latest version of Internet Explorer, an edition that hopefully will re-gain some of the lost terrain on the best internet browser race.
The Release Candidate has already been delayed once, since the aforementioned edition was expected to surface on January 28th. However, that launch didn’t take place although no reasons were given for such a delay. This only reinforces the idea of a February release for Internet Explorer. Additionally, and if the web browser is launched on the next week, the final stable version should be with us in no more than 60 days after.
Furthermore, and thanks to the leaked screenshots, several new features of Internet Explorer saw the light, three of which (the most important ones) are security-related. First of all, the inclusion of an ActiveX filter with which user will be able to define which ActiveX elements they wish to display on the sites they visit. Secondly, the incorporation of a Tracking Protection feature that will prevent cookies from revealing the surfing habits of Internet Explorer users. Finally, the integration of a feature that will avoid pages from locating the site you’re currently surfing from.
The above features are added to several other characteristics, such as improved HTML5 support, hardware acceleration, a new and revamped interface and an enhanced download manager that displays the transfer speed more appropriately.
We’re only days away from Microsoft’s big unveiling, which now consists of an open secret: Internet Explorer 9 RC will be launched and we’ll have the opportunity to test the closest version to the stable edition. Will it live up to the expectations? We’ll have to wait until next week to find for ourselves. Meanwhile you can test the Internet Explorer Beta 9 to taste the things to come.
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