Newly leaked Internet Explorer 9 RC screenshots reveal location privacy feature

By Tom Warren, on 28th Jan 11 9:13 am with 5 Comments

Internet Explorer 9 RC escrow build

Fresh images from a new Internet Explorer 9 RC escrow build have revealed a previously unknown feature.

Microsoft is planning to allow Internet Explorer 9 users to block their location from websites. The feature, marked as “never allow websites to request your physical location”, is likely to debut in the Release Candidate (RC) build that is rumored to debut later today.Russian site Winreview.ru posted a number of screenshots on Thursday detailing the improvements over previous IE9 RC escrow builds. The screenshots are of build 9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300). The revelation of a location feature comes at a time when the software giant has been detailing its concerns at data privacy with location-based services. Microsoft’s concerns coincide with Data Privacy today. Microsoft has also hinted that the wait for the Internet Explorer 9 RC is “almost over.”

New IE9 RC privacy feature

New screenshots of Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (RC) build leaked to web earlier this week too. WinRumors understands the builds are Microsoft’s escrow near final builds of Internet Explorer 9 RC. Microsoft’s release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 will include a number of new enhancements from the previous public beta build.

According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, the software giant is currently building copies of Internet Explorer 9 that include an “ActiveX filter” feature. The filter will allow users to control what ActiveX elements are displayed on sites they visit, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser. Microsoft is expected to ship the feature inside Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (RC).

Microsoft has also improved the UI of the browser tabs and buttons in Internet Explorer 9 RC. The build features square tabs and minor UI enhancements to the address bar buttons in Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft has also updated its download manager so that it now displays the transfer speed without the need to hover over individual downloads.

Microsoft announced earlier this month that the beta version of Internet Explorer 9 has surpassed 20 million downloads, making it the most downloaded beta release of Internet Explorer ever. The download rate of Internet Explorer 9 beta has grown by 5 million each month since its release on September 15, 2010. Internet Explorer 9 RC is expected to include UI tweaks and minor changes to some functions in Internet Explorer. Microsoft will also introduce a new Tracking protection feature in Internet Explorer 9 RC that will allow consumers to address their concerns about being tracked on the web.