New IE9 Screenshot Leaked?

Microsoft’s Russian website has apparently accidentally posted information regarding the upcoming beta of Internet Explorer 9 along with a screenshot of the new user interface. The screenshot has since been removed, but not before ZDNet’s, Mary-Jo Foley was able to grab it and post it.

Here is the screenshot she was able to post along with some details she was able to translate from Russian to English using Bings translator. Keep in mind, this information is regarding a beta of Internet Explorer 9 and was leaked well in advance to Microsoft’s IE9 gala in September, so anything could change between now and then:

According to a Bing search translation, Mary-Jo was able to uncover some details:

…there will be a new, simplified navigation bar with IE 9 that will leave “more room for the (Web) site itself.” There will be some navigation tools for commonly used functions — things like a back button and a combined address/search bar. But the numerous menu items in older versions of IE have “been consolidated into one,” the site said. “Now the user sees only what you need to navigate.”

…there will be provisions for “recognized,” or “protected,” sites which will allow users to go straight from the Windows taskbar to these sites without having to open IE first. In other words, recognized, protected sites will be treated more like traditional Windows applications.

Microsoft has declined to comment on the leaked screenshots. The screenshot and full story can be found here. What do you guys think of the possible new interface? I like it and when you couple that with promised, much-improved performance, I think this makes IE9 my next browser. How about you guys?

Source: ZDNet via Engadget

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9 Responses to New IE9 Screenshot Leaked?

  1. Carl Draper August 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Well done for for finding this, but i still won’t use IE, unless I’m using it to download a decent browser 😀

    • Windows20 August 26, 2010 at 1:16 am #

      Well, you should try it out because it’s something new and it’s similar to Firefox a bit. What I meant what’s similar to Firefox is that both browsers have a transparent borders in which it’s very cool. That makes Windows pretty and so sad that even Mac doesn’t have that thing. haha.

      • Anonymous August 27, 2010 at 6:53 am #

        So Carl should try IE 9 because it LOOKS like Firefox? Why not make Firefox look like IE9 then?

  2. Anonymous August 26, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Sweet! Let’s all switch to it because it looks fancy! No.

    Firefox. Just Firefox.

  3. nstr August 26, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Maybe you guys should read more about IE9. Test it’s engine against firefox’s it’s interesting to see how IE9 runs laps around it. However, I will continue to use Firefox until IE is good enough and it looks like it might happen with 9.

  4. Pietrorodrigues August 28, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Mark my words haters, IE9 is gonna be a blow the competition. I would know.

    • Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 6:37 am #

      I believe you! It will blow up after being used for an hour.

  5. Kiloah92 August 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    you guys judge too much, i have tried the IE9 engine demo and it is actually a great improvement from the old ones and fully competes with all the good browsers like chrome, firefox, safari, and opera.

    • Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 6:39 am #

      No, I seriously agree with the fact that IE 9 is better than 8 and so on. What I don’t agree with is those who insist that a new look = overall better. IE and Firefox and Opera are stealing Chrome’s look. Does that make them better? No.

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