Windows Internet Explorer 9 RC, build 9.0.8080.16413, has been released to the Web and you can now download the Release Candidate build of the fastest browser on the Web!
You can download the Windows Internet Explorer 9 RC from the Beauty of the Web site, and then explore some of the awesome sites that we’ve been working with to showcase the potential of HTML5, CSS3, SVG, and related technologies to unleash a more beautiful web!
Web developers should also read the blog post Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download as the IE team describes within that blog post many of the changes that have occurred to IE9 since the launch of the Beta some months ago.
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=Shows;action-uri=/shows;icon-uri=/styles/images/favicon.ico"/>
Another benefit of the site mode API’s is that a website can reach out and touch the user through notifications, such as the following example from the Live Strong website which is reminding me that I should track my calories intake for my breakfast this morning.
window.external.msSiteModeSetIconOverlay(‘http://blogs.msdn.com/images/notification.ico’, ‘Overlay 1’);
With support for site pinning, web sites such as Live Strong have observed that users come back 40% more often and stay on the site 53% longer!
Start building a more beautiful web and explore more of the tools and technologies available to web developers with Windows Internet Explorer 9. Users will appreciate the hardware accelerated HTML5 and the same markup means fewer late nights for you!
Debugging your code is also easier now with improved developer tools included within Windows Internet Explorer 9!