Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9 RTM ahead of official release
Well, it appears that Microsoft could barely contain its excitement on this one. Apparently, the Redmond software giant sees the final version of Internet Explorer 9 as being such a groundbreaking achievement that it had gone ahead with an official launch event for the browser. And this in spite of the fact that Internet Explorer 9 is only supposed to be available on midnight EST March 15.
Are you ready to take your web browsing experience to the next level? For the most part, you should; after all, just about everything needed to usher in the next big thing in evolving web standards is ready for the consumer. And at the very least, the infrastructure needed to take advantage of these new additions to online standards is ready; all that is needed now is an up-to-date web browser that can utilize the aforementioned infrastructure to its full potential.
And if getting the most out of the Internet sounds like something you cannot go without, you'd definitely want to look to Microsoft for the tools needed to do so. At least, that is what it claims to be able to provide with the finalized version of Internet Explorer 9, and so great is the Redmond giant's excitement over Internet Explorer 9 that it has seen it fit to launch the browser even before its official release date later on midnight EST March 15.
According to Internet Explorer general manager Dean Hachamovich, Internet Explorer 9 is an example of the importance of the operating system used to run a web browser, especially when HTML5 comes with broad support for hardware acceleration on the browser.
"The browser is only as good as the operating system it runs on," he said.
This was backed up by Ryan Gavin, senior director of Internet Explorer, who claimed that Internet Explorer 9 can deliver a better browsing experience thanks to its deep support for hardware acceleration, especially on AMD hardware.
"GPU-powered HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 with AMD Fusion chip technology means Web developers have the ability to create fast, immersive and increasingly beautiful Web experiences," he said in a statement on Monday.
In addition, AMD also launched a IE9 ♥ APU giveaway to indicate its support for Internet Explorer 9, where it praises the browser as being "a new kind of browser that takes advantage of the graphics and processing capabilities of the APU to unlock the full power of your PC".
Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft is not about to release the download links for the RTM version of the browser before the aforementioned time and date, so you will probably have to camp by your PCs if you want to be one of the first few to get your hands on the final version of Internet Explorer 9.