updated 11:10 am EST, Fri January 28, 2011
Internet Explorer 9 RC coming on February 10?
Microsoft is expected to unveil the Release Candidate for Internet Explorer 9 at a press launch scheduled for February 10, according to invites. The original date was expected to be today, January 28, but this has moved for unknown reasons. The software will differ from the early beta builds by including a location privacy feature and an ActiveX filter.
The filter will let users choose which ActiveX elements are displayed on the sites they visit, furthering security. The user interface for the browser tabs will also be improved in the RC build. Tabs will be square while the download manager displays the transfer speed without pointing the mouse over each individual download. A tracking protection feature will also let users turn off the collection of site-tracking cookies for targeted ads.
Internet Explorer 9 as a whole is a major overhaul of the browser and brings a new minimal interface, a much more standards-ready engine with support for HTML5, and faster page drawing that includes hardware acceleration. [via WinRumors]