Microsoft has just sent out invitations to an event to be held in San Francisco on February 10, The software giant is anticipated to unveil the Release Candidate version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in San Francisco on February 10, it appears the software giant has opted for a lavish launch party. The public beta of IE9 was released on September 15. Since then, Microsoft has been actively soliciting feedback and has released two additional developer previews.
According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, the software giant is presently building copies of Internet Explorer 9 that include an “ActiveX filter” feature. The filter will allow users to control what ActiveX elements are displayed on sites they visit, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser. 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. Microsoft’s release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 will include a number of new enhancements from the previous public beta build.
Mozilla has accelerated its Firefox 4 release schedule to match Microsoft’s IE9 rollout. Beta 11 is expected early next week and an RC should be available in the first or second week of February. Microsoft announced earlier this month that the beta version of Internet Explorer 9 has surpassed 20 million downloads, making it the most downloaded beta release of Internet Explorer ever.
Anyway in my experience IE9 Beta is very poor in performance and has to be improved a lot with features. I don’t think that a version like IE9 Beta can challenge Firefox 4 or other Browsers.