Since its availability on March 14th, IE9 has been available for manual
download and we are pleased by the early and continued enthusiasm for IE9.
We are seeing not only strong customer and business demand, but some of the
highest web and application compatibility rates in IE history, not to mention
all the sites that are taking advantage of HTML5 and IE9’s Windows 7
integration. On March 28th, we began to upgrade existing IE9 Beta and RC users through
On April 18th, a little over a month after the final release of
IE9, we will be ready to start the rollout of IE9 to our Windows 7 and Windows
Vista customers. We will offer IE9 to customers via a gradual rollout and
expect the rollout to be largely complete by the end of June. Similar to
our approach for IE8, we will use Windows Update to
deliver IE9 to users. IE 9 will not install automatically on
machines. Users will have to agree to install IE 9.
For our business customers who require time to plan and test their
deployments, we will make IE9 available on Windows Server Update Services
(WSUS) in June. WSUS allows use of management tools that
make it easy for IT professionals to deploy IE9 in their environments in an
automated fashion and at their own pace. We would also like to remind our
business customers who do not rely on WSUS they have the option to use the IE9 Blocker Toolkit to prevent IE9 rollout via
Windows Update until they are ready.
Internet Explorer 9 will not be broadly rolled out on Windows Update until the
end of June. We do this because we have hundreds of millions of business
customers that rely on Internet Explorer and require an appropriate window of
time to plan and test their deployments. We also have a responsibility, as the
most popular browser on the planet, to ensure that IE9 is introduced in a
timeline that allows web site developers to have the chance to ensure their site
is 100% ready.
Performance: “screamingly faster”
Last week, my colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols benchmarked the performance
of Google’s just-released Chrome 10 and called it “screamingly
fast.” That conclusion was based on a set of benchmarks that mistakenly
compared the unoptimized 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 to the 32-bit
version of Chrome. When he re-ran
the tests, IE 9 came out ahead. I guess that makes the new Internet Explorer
“screamingly faster” and, at least for now, dethrones Chrome as the speed
Screamingly faster 🙂
IE9 Preview 6 available, now with secret Beta UI
Microsoft demoed the latest developer preview of IE9 during
the PDC 2010 keynote. Much like earlier previews, this one doesn’t have much in
the way of a UI. It’s effectively a toolbar and the new rendering engine. The
engine is wicked fast, however, and Microsoft has a number of demos that really
put it through its paces.
The lack of UI is kind of a bore, so we asked how to make it more useful (and
Microsoft told us). If you’d like to make it look and act like the beta
(including all the chrome and new UI features), we have instructions. But
first… a video!
Microsoft To Disclose IE 9 Details in March