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Internet Explorer 9 Beta Launching September 15

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

Are you ready for the next iteration of Internet Explorer?

Microsoft yesterday began sending out invitations for a special event to selected members of the press, VIPs and developers. Microsoft says the event will serve as a chance to "Celebrate the Beauty of the Web" and perhaps more importantly, as a launch pad for Internet Explorter 9 Beta.

Microsoft's James Pratt wrote about the invitation in a blog post and detailed that IE9 has been well received so far, with 2.5 millions downloads of the platform previews since MIX, in March of this year.

He also included a screen shot of the invitation, because space constraints meant they had to keep the attendee list small.

Since space is limited at the event and not many invites have been sent out, I captured what the invite process looks like so everyone could see. Invitees get an e-mail invitation with a link to a special HTML5 website. To RSVP, they have to complete a word puzzle by typing the letters shown on the screen :

Unlock the _ _ _ _ _ _ web

The letters they have to work with are V E A N T I and the solution is a single word.

Once the puzzle is complete, the RSVP button appears so they can RSVP for the event.

Microsoft has launched four developer previews since MIX, but has yet to commit to a date for the full release.

Source: The Microsoft Blog

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    Godfail , August 14, 2010 12:19 AM
    wotan31Too little too late. Sorry Microsoft, but Firefox won this battle already. Give it up already, nobody with any common sense uses IE any more.


    This "battle" has been going on for longer than Firefox existed, and it's definitely not over yet.
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    ThatConfusedMofo , August 13, 2010 11:52 PM
    I wonder if it'll make me switch from Chrome back to IE.
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2010 12:00 AM
    For those of you who don't want to figure it out,

    V E A N T I = Native
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    tipoo , August 14, 2010 12:15 AM
    Wake me up when it gets an extensions gallery.
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    Godfail , August 14, 2010 12:19 AM
    wotan31Too little too late. Sorry Microsoft, but Firefox won this battle already. Give it up already, nobody with any common sense uses IE any more.


    This "battle" has been going on for longer than Firefox existed, and it's definitely not over yet.
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    ares1214 , August 14, 2010 12:19 AM
    Sheesh, M$ anti-fanboyism...if its better than the rest, or close to better than the rest with features i like, ill use it, if it isnt, i wont, that simple. No need to not even give it a chance or give it no hope, even though i will guess it wont be quite enough.
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    cookoy , August 14, 2010 12:38 AM
    They're at version 9 now? Firefox is fine with me for years.
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2010 12:49 AM
    Sorry, but Opera is King. ;) 
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    kawasaki_kinger , August 14, 2010 12:54 AM
    IE7,IE8,IE9
    NOT Change
    all is low
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    eklipz330 , August 14, 2010 12:54 AM
    wotan31Too little too late. Sorry Microsoft, but Firefox won this battle already. Give it up already, nobody with any common sense uses IE any more.

    uhh... what?

    doesn't IE have like 70% of the market share? battle is long from over, my friend.
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    jeraldjunkmail , August 14, 2010 1:01 AM
    I use IE only for the incompatible web. You find these sites at banks, universities, etc. Not too many of these sites out there, but they exist, written for IE...
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    aaron686 , August 14, 2010 1:31 AM
    I don't know about you guys but just thinking about using IE makes me twitch, no matter how good it may be. Firefox ftw.
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    JamesSneed , August 14, 2010 2:16 AM
    It may be decent. A new java scipt engine, a new layout engine, HTML5 support, and hardware accelarated graphics. I will give it a shot when it is out of beta. Wait and see but im not ready to pronounce it dead yet.
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    dEAne , August 14, 2010 3:09 AM
    Are you ready for the next iteration of Internet Explorer? No definitively not IE on any version.
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    Randomacts , August 14, 2010 3:26 AM
    Nothing will every beat the open source power of Firefox.
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    falchard , August 14, 2010 4:47 AM
    It would be cool if they removed the address bar. Then make it temporarily accessible by hitting a button like Middle Click. The input comes up where the mouse is and you type in, hit enter, the input disappears, and it either goes to the address or searches.
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    Vilepickle , August 14, 2010 5:13 AM
    They REALLY need another IE? We're still developing sites for IE6. Here's an idea: phase out your old browsers and force upgrades MS.
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    nebun , August 14, 2010 5:24 AM
    ThatConfusedMofoI wonder if it'll make me switch from Chrome back to IE.


    i know that i will
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    nebun , August 14, 2010 5:25 AM
    eklipz330uhh... what?doesn't IE have like 70% of the market share? battle is long from over, my friend.


    i agree...most of the web is coded for IE
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    duk3 , August 14, 2010 5:27 AM
    VilepickleThey REALLY need another IE? We're still developing sites for IE6. Here's an idea: phase out your old browsers and force upgrades MS.


    Didn't they kill IE6 awhile ago?
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