Internet Explorer 9 beta to arrive in September

Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner revealed today at the company’s annual financial analyst meeting that the first beta of the Internet Explorer 9 Web browser is planned for release in September. This is a little later than expected; leaked documents that emerged last month pointed at an August release date for the beta.

Some apparently authentic screenshots of Internet Explorer 9 have leaked, though perhaps surprisingly, they show few changes from the current version. Microsoft has shipped three platform previews to show off the Internet Explorer 9 engine, but these previews used a simple, bare-bones interface; the company wanted to wait before revealing Internet Explorer 9’s look and feel. If the new browser really is just a minor evolution of the old browser’s interface, that decision seems a little peculiar.

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