Likely IE9 screenshot shows sleek new user interface

We got our first glimpses of the Firefox 4 interface months before the first beta even came out, but Internet Explorer 9 has remained comparatively shrouded in secrecy—even with four Platform Previews out and a public beta due in mid-September. The shroud might have finally (if accidentally) come off, however. ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley nabbed a screenshot of what looks like the full IE9 interface from Microsoft’s Russian website.

The screenshot looks pretty legit, down to the new, sky-blue logo in the taskbar. (You can see that logo now on the Platform Preview page.) Foley says the Microsoft Russia press site has since pulled the image, further hinting at its legitimacy… and suggesting Microsoft wasn’t ready for the big reveal just yet.

Albeit blurry, the shot gives a pretty good glimpse at the likely IE9 UI. All the interface elements now sit on the same row: a big back button and a small forward button (a la Firefox), an address bar with embedded refresh and stop buttons, a tab area, and home, star, and gear icons. Foley says Microsoft has consolidated IE’s different menus into a single one, just like Google is doing with Chrome 6. I assume that’s what the gear button is for.

With a sleek user interface, full hardware acceleration out of the box, and decent standards compliance, IE9 could be a seriously tempting alternative to the latest Chrome, Firefox, and Opera releases. We’ll just have to see if the public beta manages to match the competition in terms of raw rendering speed.

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    • Clint Torres
    • 9 years ago

    IE has sucked so hard for so long it isn’t even on my radar anymore.

      • albundy
      • 9 years ago

      +1000000000000000 infinity!

    • The Dark One
    • 9 years ago

    I guess it was too much to hope that MS would move the reload button back over to the left.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t mind it, in fact I moved it to the right in every /[

        • Disco
        • 9 years ago

        I alway hit F5. Easier than the mouse.

      • poulpy
      • 9 years ago

      It is conceptually retarded to scatter navigation/reload/cancel/home buttons all over the place, yet they’ve done this consistently since IE7..

    • A_Pickle
    • 9 years ago

    …and promptly resizes it to a stupidly small size. Why I don’t I visit ZDNet, again? Oh yeah, it’s a technology site that hates using good technology.

    • cygnus1
    • 9 years ago

    l[

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      No IE is integrated into W7, and if you’re an XP user, then you couldn’t use this even if you wanted to.

        • cygnus1
        • 9 years ago

        The Trident rendering engine is most certainly integrated into W7. Best case you can hope for with a hosed IE9 is going to be reverting to IE8. But I’d wager that in plenty of cases to get it fully fixed, a wipe and reload (or restore from backup) will be necessary.

        Whereas with a non-integrated browser, you can usually just wipe a user’s browser profile or restore just the profile from backup.

    • adisor19
    • 9 years ago

    IE9 is the way it is since it will not be available for XP and it’s legacy of installed user base in large corporations. MS is finally free of supporting all those old IE6 designed intranets and other old clunky bs sites and ActiveX legacy plugins.

    IE9 is finally free of the shackles of IE6 and can finally offer a competitive experience to Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.

    Adi

      • kvndoom
      • 9 years ago

      Heh, there will probably be a Compatibility Mode enabled by default.

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 9 years ago

    The screen shot shows a GUI with little room for tabs. :/

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Are we looking at the same screenshot?

        • Jioklo
        • 9 years ago

        You don’t see how the tabs are sandwiched beside the address bar?

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          Oh, that. I’m sure that configuration is not carved in programming stone. If it were, that wouldn’t be too handy.

    • designerfx
    • 9 years ago

    yeah, looks like BS to me. And/or even if it was legit, I wouldn’t exactly call this snappy, it’s just doing what everyone else does.

    • Helmore
    • 9 years ago

    Arstechnica seems to be a little more doubtful about the credibility of these screenshots: §[<http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/08/microsoft-russia-shows-apparent-internet-explorer-9-interface.ars<]§

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