Microsoft Announces IE9 Release Date

Microsoft is set to release Internet Explorer 9 on 14 March, while Mozilla has just received the go-ahead on the release candidate for Firefox 4.

The release candidate for IE9 was initially released in February, after a long line of developer previews, but Microsoft hinted there were "still a few surprises left". IE senior director Ryan Gavin, said in a post on the IE blog:"There are a lot of new amazing things to share," he said.

The Monday release coincides with the start of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Meanwhile, Mozilla developers said the first release candidate for Firefox 4 would arrive either today or tomorrow, as soon as quality assurance (QA) checks were finished.

The release comes after eight months of beta testing on the latest version of its open source browser.

Posted in a tweet yesterday afternoon, developer Asa Dotzler said on Twitter: "QA just signed off on Firefox 4 release candidate builds."

Mozilla has reported that it's unlikely to need a second release candidate, which is just as well as the browser has already seen 12 betas and is already trailing rival IE by a few weeks.

"QA has requested more time for thorough testing, so expect at least one to two more weeks before final ship," the meeting notes said.

Google today released the latest Chrome browser, as part of its six-week update cycle.

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