At the Financial Analyst Meeting, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner mentioned that Microsoft is planning to release a public beta build of Internet Explorer in September. According to Tom Warren from Neowin, the date slated is 2nd of September.
Earlier, cnBeta a Chinese website posted alleged leaked screenshots of Internet Explorer that showed a Download Manger and a new Popular Sites page. One of the screenshots shows an ACID score of 53 which is much lower than that of the current preview build. Microsoft has been talking a lot about IE9’s standard compliance but little is known about the browser’s performance on a system. I personally don’t bother too much about ACID scores and the like as long as the browser is snappy and doesn’t slow my PC down after hours of use.
I really hope Microsoft changes the UI, I’m not exactly a fan of the current interface.