updated 12:30 pm EST, Wed March 9, 2011
Internet Explorer 9 finished, due March 15
Microsoft said Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 was finished. The new web browser will be ready to download at midnight Eastern time, March 15. It follows just a month after the release candidate and a year after the very earliest tech previews.
The browser is significant both for Microsoft and for the industry. It represents the company's first browser to sincerely honor web standards instead of focusing on proprietary code and, even in early tests, was competing in accuracy with rival browsers. Past versions have had many instances of proprietary rendering that either didn't render standards properly or forced web developers to include exceptions to account for IE users.
Microsoft has reversed its approach significantly enough that it's now encouraging users to stop using IE6 to get customers towards more standards-compliant versions of the software, particularly IE9.
The IE9 engine should eventually reach Windows Phone 7 through the Mango update due late this year.