In anticipation of release candidate of IE9, a Russian website Winreview.ru has posted the screenshots of RC 9.00.8073.6010 and gave a first glimpse how the final version of the browser will look like when it is released. I tried using Google Translate app but Russians use too much slang, so I went ahead and translated from Russian (yay, my bilingual nature may actually be useful):
Internet Explorer 9.00.8073.6010 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110113-2300)
Following the leak of pre-RC 9.0.8027.6000 the development community is getting little bored in anticipation of a new browser. In fact, the excitement is over and the only place you can get the latest and greatest on IE9 is their official blog where a few developers from the IE team occasionally post small news. Therefore, we decided to enlighten your day, and publish a small review of the most recent build of Internet Explorer 9.00.8073.6010 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110113-2300).
From the list of IE9 builds you can get that the most recent build 9.00.8073.6003. 6010-I is certainly a service pack to the 6003rd with the corrected errors but visually is not any different than the previous version:
But very different from the public beta available to download from the official site of Microsoft.
First, the updated 9.00.8073.6010 RC Escrow lost explicit design flaws. Navigation buttons are now placed neatly on the left, as if on a ruller:
unlike in the sloppy public beta:
Bold frame panel under the navigation buttons which previously made a pretty bad initial impression is now eliminated all together in the 9.00.8073.6010 having the user focus on a web page, not the browser, sort of implying that the final product is almost there.
Let’s now glance on the address bar near which there still ton of tabs signifying open pages. Tabs now look much sharper. The active tab stands out of the rest of light gray fellow tabs:
For comparison, here are the tabs from the public beta version:
Generally, as a whole, the entire upper part of the Internet Explorer window has undergone cosmetic improvement and became more compact although to be honest, much nicer. This build of Internet Explorer 9.00.8073.6010 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110113-2300) contains an updated version of New Tab (new tab that contains frequently visited sites, similar to that of Chrome, and Opera).
Type in 9.00.8073.6010
The Public Beta View:
Here we noticed:
- a new background, which is usually vertical gradient from blue to white.
- thumbnails (square corners to match the new style tabs) of frequently visited sites
- from the shortcut menu of frequently visited sites you’ll see “Never show this website” is changed to a more logical “Remove this page”
In Public Beta:
- different order of controls, such as “remove sites” has been moved from the top down.
- a new link “Recommended Sites”. This shortcut is:
In Public Beta:
With hardware acceleration enabled browser displays the fonts more smoothly and installing required here is an update.
In 9.00.8073.6010 build the “Quick Tabs” feature is not working upon the pressing CTRL + Q, for some reason. This has previously been included in the settings (browser restarted):
In latest build this mode is broken, while in the public beta when you press CTRL + Q, a window with thumbnails of currently open sites would open:
Oh well. The good news is that the feature “Show menu” works without the symbolic dance with a tambourine. By pressing the ALT key => View menu, you can tell your browser to always display the menu and it will stay on however long you want it to:
Download Manager displays Speed straight in the window. This is one of the most welcome features which currently is not available for beta users:
Most recent build is acid3 by 95% similar to a public beta result.
In tests HTML5 9.00.8073.6010 managed to break away from the public beta, and shows 116 points against 96 for the latter.
Alas, the test conditions don’t allow me to measure the browser performance similar to Sun Spider. Nevertheless, on the Jan 28th the test version of RC-IE9 will go live for “testn’ play”.
Finally, I’d like to note that we weren’t able to get tabs underneath the address bar, not in IE 9.00.8073.6010 where they’re not available by default and assumes a lot of tweaks. There are three thousand numbers of keys in the registry but I couldn’t find them. However, stay tuned, we’ll know much more in the IE9 public testing version.