"The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows," said Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for Internet Explorer, in a blog post on Thursday.
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Users will find that Gmail, Office Web Apps, and other websites will run faster as a result of scenario tuning, network cache tuning, and compiler optimizations, Hachamovitch said, and fewer megabytes of memory are used. IE9 also provides performance improvements for text, layout, HTML5 canvas and video, and improvements have been made to extend battery life, he added.
For security reasons, Microsoft has made it easy to turn off ActiveX for all sites and re-enable it, he said. Also new in IE9 is a Tracking Protection capability that boosts privacy. Tracking Protection lists can be used to either block or allow third-party content.
During the next few weeks Microsoft plans to solicit feedback from users and will automatically update IE9 beta users to the release candidate. Afterward, release candidate users will be automatically updated to the final build that will come shortly, Hachamovitch said.
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