Microsoft Launching IE 9 Beta On Sept. 15; Will It Rival Firefox And Chrome?

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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 Windows-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.

Microsoft 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 and Chrome, 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, as well?
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3vi1 replied on Sat, Aug 14 2010 10:16 PM

>> Microsoft Launching IE 9 Beta On Sept. 15; Will It Rival Firefox And Chrome?

Based on everyone's experience with every IE version for any time period ever: No.

And if it does somehow manage to capture the market and drive the rival developers out of the market.  Great... that just means we'll be stuck with this version of IE, and increasing expoits/attacks, until the end of time.... while Microsoft disbands the development team and sets them about stealing users of the latest free software over-achiever.

If you look closely, you can see history repeating itself.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Aug 14 2010 11:29 PM

We will see when it happens. As far as innovating M$ needs to do something. Do not get me wrong I like Windows 7, and it does have some innovation as well. Is it Windows 95 to Windows XP innovation though (seeing as XP was more of an upgrade of Windows 95 v3 or 98SE however you wanna see it). Windows 7 is just as much Vista 3 as anything else with a little extra thrown in. However; we have not gotten to where we are from Linux, and it's many, many versions either. I like open market, and think it is what will make the mobile environment much better. Either way the world of home computing would not be anywhere near where it is today, without a kid who dropped out of college to make it so, and his last name was not Job's.

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It gets kinda interesting to see how they tout IE as this rival for Firefox or google? TO me it is just a part of Windows that they have been improving on since the beginning. Kinda like adding new tech parts to the car to make it run better.

I would have liked to see Gates keep his money and hire more people to address the issues Evil pointed out! If he had happy workers, developing something they are proud of then there would be less attacks and happier customers! So instead of hiring thousands of people, Him and Lucas are afraid of being taxed for all that and just give it away?

Now we will have IE10 being developed in Singapore, and the vulnerabilities will be built in from the beginning:P

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Aug 15 2010 5:44 AM

We'll just have to see, won't we ? Here in Europe, at least, it is no longer the case that IE «dominat[es] in terms of market share» ; according to the latest stats from StatCounter ( ), Firefox seems to have passed IE. Worth noting also that on all continents (save Antarctica - looks like everyone there is presently using Firefox !) and Oceania, Chrome enjoys a market share of over 10 %. In any event, all browser users, no matter which one(s) they favour, owe Mozilla and Firefox a debt of gratitude - were it not for them, we'd (almost) all be using a version of IE6 today....


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realneil replied on Sun, Aug 15 2010 10:11 AM

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Using IE has always been an invitation for multiple, reoccurring problems that vary in intensity over time. (a lot like being slowly pecked to death by chickens) They keep announcing fantastic and wonderful changes before their next release and they get everyone all worked up over what amounts to be another version of a 'Hammer & Sickle' web browser. I call it this because they refuse to conform to accepted web standards and instead they cleave to their own propitiatory methods of doing things, forcing everyone else to adapt to what they want the web to be. They act like market share equals ownership and control.

They complain that everyone is out to get them because of their ‘market dominance’ but I suspect that their proprietary code is responsible for many of their problems. If they were a little more interested in cleaving to standards, instead of trying to dictate and control the Internet experience that we all enjoy, then we would see genuine advancements in functionality and security with all of the browser makers working together.



This situation reminds me of Stevia.  Stevia is a plant that produces leaves that are extremely sweet and has been used all over the world as a sugar replacement for many years. To use Stevia you can grind up the dried leaves or extract/refine the sweetness from them in natural ways. There is a slight aftertaste that takes a little getting used to, but it’s a great natural sweetener with no aftereffects. For those of us with Diabetes, it doesn’t affect blood sugar either.

It’s been in regular use in Japan for over 50 years and thoroughly tested by them the whole time. In its natural form, it is completely safe.


When it was brought to America, the artificial sweetener companies lobbied the FDA to ban it entirely because it was an unknown thing and may cause our countrymen great harm. Actually it held the promise of eliminating artificial chemical-based sugar substitutes from the marketplace. Anyone with any knowledge and a little self education on the subject of these sweeteners knows that the little ‘Blue Packets’ are totally unhealthful and downright dangerous to humans. Yet Aspartame was accepted and endorsed by the FDA after being turned down cold many times as being unsafe. Political influences sparked this sudden turnaround at the FDA. We still don’t know the potential for harm with the other chemical based sweeteners either.

Stevia was successfully blocked for sale here in the states as a sugar substitute, but allowed for sale only as a ‘dietary supplement’ until one of the major corporations decided to sell it to us. But before they did, they screwed around with it and ‘added chemicals to it” in their own proprietary formula “to make it safe” and got FDA approval to sell it as a sugar substitute. You can buy it as Truevia at your local store today if you dare.


This is the kind of control that Microsoft wants in the marketplace,.....but it's something we must never give them.

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