Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (IE9 RC), bringing the browser one step closer to a final launch.
In September 2010, Microsoft released the IE9 Beta, featuring updated compatibility with web standards like HTML5, an overhaul of the user interface and hardware acceleration for apps running within the browser.
Unlike the betas though, the IE9 Release Candidate is ready-to-ship code. This is the final test drive for Microsoft’s new browser, a chance to catch any last-minute bugs. After that, IE9 will have its official debut.
The address bar is the search bar (like Google Chrome).
It is also has new UI improvements from the Beta, including a focus on reducing unnecessary pixels. It has reduced the frame pixels by 5 pixels since the Beta. One big UI change users will notice is a change in tab layout. In the betas, tabs appeared on the right-hand side of the search bar, but IE9 RC includes an option to turn tabs into a separate row under the address bar. This is especially useful for those of us who multi-task constantly in the browser, it would be better to have the tabs on top.
If you’re interested, you can download IE9 release candidate.
Post author: Daniel Semper