On the heels of its push to dissuade users from using Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft has announced the launch date of Internet Explorer 9. In a blog post, Ryan Gavin, Microsoft senior director of Internet Explorer business and marketing, said the next version of the company’s Web browser will be officially released Monday, March 14, during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
“In Austin we will be joined by some of the most exciting websites and web heroes out there, including Ze Frank. We also have a heck of party planned celebrating the amazing developers and designers who are creating a more beautiful web. We’ll feature live music from Yeasayer, the Head and the Heart, and Fences at Austin City Limits Live the night of the 14th. It’s a party you won’t want to miss.”
“But if you can’t make it to Austin, don’t fret. We also want to announce that Dean Hachamovitch will be the Day 1 keynoter at MIX 11 on April 12, 2011. Last year at MIX 10 Dean announced IE9 Platform Preview 1 with hardware accelerated HTML5. Eight platform previews, one Beta, one Release Candidate, and one final version of Internet Explorer 9 later he’s back for more.”
Some of the new features of IE9 include enhanced tabs, hardware acceleration and a notification bar.