Ballmer promises Internet Explorer 9 final “in the next month or so”

By Tom Warren, on 19th Feb 11 1:24 pm with 27 Comments

Steve Ballmer talks Internet Explorer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the company plans to launch Internet Explorer 9 “in the next month or so.”

Speaking during a developers day at Microsoft Switzerland on Wednesday, Ballmer revealed that Internet Explorer 9 would be available very soon. “There’s a lot of great things going on broadly, enhancements that we’ve made, not only in Windows but Internet Explorer 9 which will be available here in the next month or so.” Ballmer says Internet Explorer 9 is a “great piece of work” and that “it will be the best browser…that you’ve ever used.”

Ballmer’s hint that Internet Explorer 9 could be available as soon as mid-March lends weight to rumors that the company will launch the final version at the South by southwest (SXSW) music and film festival in Austin, Texas on March 14. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 team are planning to host a Internet Explorer 9 party during SXSW. The party will be held on March 14 and will include free drinks and music performances from Yeasayer, The Head and The Heart, and Fences. Microsoft also teased a “special press pre-event” with its invitations sent to press and analysts on Thursday.

Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (RC) has reached 2 million downloads just a few days after its release. The software maker launched its final development milestone version of Internet Explorer 9 on February 10. Microsoft’s main change in Internet Explorer 9 RC is the addition of Tracking Protection. The new privacy feature allows consumers to address their concerns about being tracked on the web. Internet Explorer 9  RC offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers. Tracking protection involves lists that can be published online.

Microsoft’s second security enhancement is the ability to block ActiveX controls. Internet Explorer 9 RC includes an “ActiveX filter” option. The filter allows users to switch off ActiveX elements within their session, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser.

Microsoft also unveiled Internet Explorer 9 for mobile earlier this week. The company is planning to ship the software as part of a platform release and update for Windows Phone later this year. Internet Explorer 9 mobile is currently part of “Mango”, the codename for the next Windows Phone release expected to be named 7.5. Internet Explorer 9 mobile will be identical to Microsoft’s desktop browser according to the company and will allow Windows Phone to take advantage of the latest advances in web technologies, including HTML5. Microsoft is also likely to ship a Silverlight runtime inside of IE9 mobile but the company is refusing to comment until its MIX11 conference in April.

  • Thomas

    I have just Installed IE9 RC a few days ago and it is for sure both better and faster then IE8, but that is not really something to compare with.

    • GP007

      It’s better and faster than FF, hows that for a comparison?

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and it’s faster than Google Chrome 10.

    • joe

      what? there’s chrome 10 already? it still looks the same from chrome 4

    • GP007

      That’s because Chrome forgot how to use version numbers, even small changes give it a major point release now. Things that could have easily just been a .1 or .5 update turn out to be a 10.0 or 11.0 update. It’s like that 2nd digit is there just for show.

    • joe

      lols, i thought it was strategically done so that chrome’s version number would surpass ie’s

    • GP007

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all, but the dev builds are up to v11 now so are they also trying to pass Opera as well?

  • Kwesibanson

    Will the mobile version be available for iphone too…??

    • Tom W

      No it’s for Windows Phone only at the moment. That could change in the future but I doubt it.

  • GP007

    MS should jump into the next version of IE right away, after IE9 goes RTW they should tell people they will have a new round of PPV in 8 weeks again. I also think they shouldn’t go from major release to major release, they should do a 9.1 or 9.5 with just adding one or two features (like a spell checker finally) some minor UI tweaks, and then mostly add more HTML5 support etc. No need to wait and try to do a bigger 10.0 release anymore seeing how fast everyone else is moving now.

  • anonymous

    Grandma browser.

  • MP92

    All the text on sites displayed on IE 9 seem to be slightly blurry or not as crisp for me. Text on the desktop or any other browser is fine though. Does anyone else have this problem?

    • Aethec

      Pretty much everyone.
      What’s your GPU?

    • MP92

      Radeon HD 5770 1GB.

    • Wojtek

      It’s ‘superb’ ClearType which you cannont disable by any means… and for this single reason I won’t be upgreading. All texts are hard to read because of this dumb feature :/

  • James Smith

    Really confused here, you say in this news posts that it could be announced at SXSW and yet here you say that its not coming at SXSW…so basically you have no idea?

  • Avatar X

    IE9 final releasing before MIX11 comes off as a bit of a surprise. Maybe it is so it don’t steals attention from SL5 beta, WP7 news and whatever else they got planned for MIX11.

  • EJ

    Explain why after 4 months, tmobile won’t let me send videos????

  • EJ

    Here’s my wishlist task switcher and video sending.

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    Good lets hope it has even more speed improvments as it would be a great blow to Chrome and Firefox

  • Dikku

    Microsoft launched windows 7 SP 1 but failed to add IE 9 in it they should have waited for a month and included IE 9 in it

  • Robert

    It’s NOT better than Firefox 4… FOR SURE!
    It still lacks some standards compliance… and more…

  • ATI Fan

    IE 9 is a piece of shit, Ballmer go and suck a horse dick, how the fuck is this browser more modern? Because of it i cannot see messages in Yahoo Messenger, the fucking window is white and doesn’t show “x is typing a message”, i tell you Steve Ballmer quit your job you monkey, i reverted to IE 8 and Yahoo Messenger works again, it was a script error caused by IE 9 that affected Yahoo Messenger, learn to do your job Microsoft idiots. Your operating systems are shit, since Windows 98, because i used them all since i am an advanced user, i am fucking tired to reinstall Windows you morons, the only decent of them all is Windows 7, the rest are a piece of shit.

  • antony

    Who say that comptetor product is best then product of us. well their is nothing in IE9. no customization, plugns, addons, personas , themes, hacks and apps. so what they do in IE9 prehaps in IE9 they make them cache in the core of IE9 so it’s better only for Facebook and Twitter for other it’s another IE6

  • Neephius

    It is better and faster than any other browser incliding the crap chrome and FF Opera Safari. Easily. But why does the RC work so much smoother than the RTM???. This is really not helping me. at all. I have always been with INterney explorer now I have no changes to my systems except that of IE9 from RC to RTM BUt now RTM is crashing almost each launch i will persist and get back maybe a 3rd party plug in.

  • Neephius

    chrome is a Joke isn’t it. I have had nothing but problems with this Chrome Browser.

  • Sarveshwar

    Idiots at MS, first fix the fuzzy text problem. Even after the final release it has not been fixed.