An Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate build 9.0.8073.6003 appeared on a number of file sharing sites today, shortly before Microsoft is expected to unveil its latest public preview.
The build is an escrow version of IE9 RC and isn't expected to represent the final shipping build version of IE9 RC. Screenshots of a more recent escrow build surfaced on Friday, version 9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300). The screenshots revealed that Microsoft is planning a location privacy feature for IE9.
The software giant is expected to unveil the RC at an event in San Francisco on Feb, 10. Microsoft was expected to unveil the RC build today, however it appears the software giant has opted for a lavish launch party instead:
"IE in San Francisco (2/10) -- Members from the IE team (and some special guests) will be visiting San Francisco in two weeks to share some important news. I know it's an extremely busy news week already, but we're hoping you can join us."
Here're some screenshots:
First of all, installation is a breeze, and occurs rather quickly. A reboot is required, of course, and during this process Windows installs the remaining pieces of the new browser offline, as it does with other system updates.
When you're back up and running, some differences between the RC and the earlier public Beta release are apparent. The tabs have been redesigned with a more modern, squared-off look. The Compatibility View, Refresh, and Stop buttons in the address bar have been redesigned. The navigation buttons, subtly, moved and resized. And even more subtly, the number of pixels used for the top browser chrome (or UI) have been reduced slightly. The new tab page has been redesigned a bit, with a new, cleaner background pattern. And so on.
[tags]internet explorer 9,ie9,preview,escrow[/tags]