New Internet Explorer 9 beta build leaks

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Nov 10 11:12 am with 5 Comments

A new Internet Explorer 9 beta build has leaked to the web, originally reserved for close partners and TAP testers.

The build, version 9.0.8027.6000, began showing up on popular file sharing websites this weekend. The leaked version includes bug fixes, stability improvements and the latest rendering engine seen in the recent developer Platform Preview. It appears, from the digital signature, that the build was compiled as recently as November 19. Microsoft’s previous Platform Preview 7 build was labeled 9.0.8023.6000.

The new build doesn’t appear to include any UI enhancements. Microsoft has updated its download manager so that it now displays the transfer speed without the need to hover over individual downloads. The updated beta also performs better on Microsoft’s IE test drive site.

Internet Explorer 9 beta download manager

Microsoft recently released an updated platform preview build of Internet Explorer 9. Version 7 now includes 354% better JavaScript performance according to WebKit SunSpider benchmarks. In keeping with previous platform preview builds, this latest version, Platform Preview 7, does not contain the Internet Explorer 9 UI elements.

Microsoft revealed in October that the IE9 beta has clocked up over 10 million downloads. Internet Explorer 9 beta made its debut on September 15 to a fanfare of Gorillaz appearances and anticipation of Microsoft’s new look browser. The next generation browser has received a warm welcome from tech enthusiasts, developers and the media. The browser has been so popular that it grabbed 0.25% of browser market share in just two weeks.

Microsoft has targeted developers in a heavy way with Internet Explorer 9. IE 9 takes advantage of the power of the GPU for all page rendering and developers can exploit this using CSS, DHTML and javascript. A new JS engine (codenamed Chakra) is also built into Internet Explorer 9 with greater interoperability and standards support all round. Features such as rounded corner CSS support are now built in.

Microsoft has also introduced broader support for HTML5 in IE9 through its new script engine. Microsoft recently performed W3C Web Standards tests on IE9, including HTML5, SVG 1.1 2nd edition, CSS3 media queries, CSS3 borders & backgrounds, CSS3 selectors, DOM level 3 core, DOM level 3 events and DOM level 2 style. Microsoft’s IE9 is the first and only browser to deliver full hardware acceleration of all HTML5 content. Other competitors, including Mozilla and Google, are planning select hardware acceleration but at the moment Internet Explorer 9 wins hands down.

Update: Microsoft has reached out to remind users that it’s dangerous downloading leaked software. A Microsoft spokesperson issued the following statement: “Microsoft has not released this Internet Explorer 9 code to the public and we want to caution consumers and businesses that downloading software (including workarounds) from a non-genuine source can pose risks to their environment.”

Internet Explorer 9 beta 9.0.8027.6000

  • GP007

    Beta 1 gave me some weird UI glitch with the dropdown menus not fading out after clicking on something so I had to change my res to redraw the desktop etc otherwise beta 1 worked well. If this update doesn’t have that problem and works better I might keep it around till we get RC1.

  • Anonymous

    With the Beta 1 it took me a couple of seconds to show a loaded page, it was on the white screen until the page was fully loaded… don’t like that

    And with no Ad-block i’m not even touching that, i can control adverts
    and view YouTube videos with no adverts,

    • Danielgr

      You can try a recently developed free add-block plug-in for IE called “Simple Add-Block”
      It works fine on IE7/8 and they’ve just released a beta for the IE9 (which I’m using right now and also works quite decently).

      There is also add-blocking available (together with spell-checking and some other features) on IE7 Pro plug-in for any version of IE (though their add-blocking is not as good as some of the competitors)

  • Arman Stepanyan

    Where is download link?

  • anonymous

    I’m waiting for the final release… and the bug fixes 2 months after that, before i download it