Saturday, August 14, 2010

Internet Explorer 9 beta will be launched in September

Microsoft is going to launch the beta version of its Internet Explorer 9 in September. On September 12, 2010, the software giant sent out invitations to the launching ceremony of IE 9 beta in San Francisco. Microsoft dubbed the invitation as “Beauty on the Web.” It included an HTML5 invitation site with an animated word game.

Earlier, the software giant launched four “platform previews” of its popular web browser but they lacked user interface and other features including bookmarks, search, and history. The beta will include regular features along with the new features demonstrated in the previews.

The fourth preview of Internet Explorer 9 had been released last week. In an accompanying blog post, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager, Internet Explorer, mentioned it as the last platform preview which had been downloaded 2.5 million time. He also mentioned that the test site had been visited over 20 million times.

Microsoft did not reveal anything about the new browser but experts and tech-pundits are speculating the new Internet Explorer 9 will have “tabs-on-top” just like Google Chrome web browser or a ribbon toolbar just like MS Office. Also it is being speculated that the user interface will resemble the “Metro” look of the Zune or Windows Phone 7.

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