The next version of Microsoft’s internet browser, Internet Explorer 9, will be launched by the software giants at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, also called SXSWi, on Monday. It is quite an interesting venue for Microsoft to launch the browser as most of those who will attend the geek fest at Austin, Texas will have most likely already ditched Internet Explorer for newer and more efficient browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari.
Internet Explorer 9 has been much hyped up by Microsoft as decidedly more improved than the previous IE 8 and they had the only release candidate of the browser released to users in early February this year. The product will fully launch in the Austin event at 9 P.M. Pacific Time. Ryan Gavin, the senior director of Internet Explorer, described the browser in a blog post as being the gateway to a more beautiful web experience. Microsoft is having a press briefing on its release day where Gavin said that the package still has a few surprises left even after having been widely covered all over the world for a long time. Microsoft will throw a party later that night in Austin as a celebration of the release and the famous rock act Yeasayer is expected to be the headline of the event.
Among everything else, IE 9 sports a refreshed look as the browser will now take lesser space than the previous versions of the Internet Explorer. There are also talks of it providing an option for users to be able to pin up websites to the Windows Task Bar. Sites will then be able to act more like applications themselves with features such as notifications being more efficient. The Windows 7 Jump List feature will also be implemented, letting people to hop to specific parts of the web pages.