Neowin is reporting that new beta of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser has leaked to the web. The new build, version 9.0.8027.6000 apparently began circulating on the weekend which meant, as it was apparently compiled on Friday 19th October, it must have leaked almost immediately having been finalised.
Apparently there are new features including a download speed indicator for the download manager and there are some speed and general performance enhancements as well.
This is still beta software and, more importantly, is not an official release from Microsoft. Not only does this mean that installing or running it could cause your computer to become unstable, you can guarantee that shortly after criminal gangs read about its leak, a malware loaded version will be on torrent sites everywhere.
As always we caution against running beta software and its clear that this release doesn't offer much over the official beta that is available from www.beautyoftheweb.com. However, IE 9 is clearly a very polished browser and nearing completion. It should not be very long now before we will be able to report the final release.
Update: The final version of Internet Explorer 9 has been released to the public. The browser has been integrated natively into Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system as the default system browser, and is also available for Windows Vista as an upgrade to the system's Internet Explorer 8 browser. IE9 is not available at all for Windows XP or older versions of Windows.
The browser highlights that Microsoft has made an effort to improve the system browser of Windows. It is clearly an improvement over IE8 and older versions of the browser and while limited to Vista or Windows 7, it is highly recommended to use it instead of older IE versions. Vista users can download Internet Explorer 9 from Microsoft's download center.
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