Microsoft's Internet Explorer has long been the juggernaut of browsers since the defeat of Netscape Navigator. However, browsers like Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome, Safari and stalwart Opera have been slowly but steadily eroding its market share. So this makes Microsoft all the more aggressive to play catch up to current web standards and with the incentive of not losing more market share.
With IE8 released in 2009, it's been awhile since we last saw any browser action, but IE9 has been in the works for a while now. It finally makes its way to a Release Candidate status but given the state of things in the corporate world (and government institutions), expect people to still be stuck on IE6 probably because it's way too much paperwork to do and just too expensive to for them update their inhouse web apps to current browser standards.
microsoft.com - Another new feature in the Release Candidate is Tracking Protection, which gives users better control over how their information is shared across sites. Some content on websites can be used to track activity as people browse the Web. Tracking protection in Internet Explorer 9 allows users to limit the browser’s communication with certain websites to help keep information private. This feature relies on Tracking Protection Lists that enable users to control how their information is shared, Ismail said. Users can install Tracking Protection Lists from the organizations they trust, which today include companies like Abine, PrivacyChoice, TRUSTe, and EasyList.
Check out the full press release here.
Download the RC here.