The "September" time frame was confirmed
already, but the next major
installment of Internet Explorer now has a firm launch date: September
15. That's the date that Microsoft has set for the debut of the first
IE9 beta, which is the company's first major attempt to battle the
advancements made by Chrome and Firefox over the past months and years.
Since the start of the Internet, Microsoft's browser has dominated in
terms of market share. Most say that's because IE comes pre-installed on
-based PCs, but people are beginning to notice that free rivals
from Mozilla and Google (and Apple, if you include Safari) offer more
features, less exploit threats and a generally better user experience.
knows a thing or two about coming back from a major blow, and
Internet Explorer 9 has a lot to live up to. When it comes to free
software, it's easy to simply choose the best and never even try the
rest. If IE9 doesn't live up to the standards set by Firefox
chances are that won't go over well in the tech community. Microsoft
has had plenty of time to evaluate the next generation browser landscape
and really nail this one, but that all remains to be seen.
The company will host a launch event in San Francisco, California on the
15th of next month, with the beta going live for all to download who
choose to do so. Of course, we expect some bugs to be noticed in the
beta build, but hopefully Microsoft won't keep it in beta for too long.
The real question is how this next gen browser will fit into the Windows
Phone 7 landscape, if at all. WebKit has dominated the mobile browser
space; is this the time for Microsoft to finally make an impact there,