Internet Explorer 9, the latest version of Microsoft's web browser, will be launched on September 15th according to sources. The new version is set to be released in beta at the Concourse Exhibition Centre in San Francisco to a selected audience of invited guests. Users will be able to download the beta code for the site after the event.
The event, described by Microsoft as the 'Beauty of the Web', will formally reveal the new browser's features, which includes support for HTML5 video and audio and Chakra, a performance-enhancing hardware tool.
The release of Internet Explorer 9 comes as Microsoft's sees its share of the browser market in steady decline. Currently, Internet Explorer holds 52.7 per cent of the global audience, while Google's browser Chrome has seen a rise in its popularity. Indeed, Chrome has seen its popularity steadily increase, rising from 3.27 per cent in 2009 to its current worldwide total of 10.56 per cent.
Writing in May, John Paczkiwski noted:
"The year-over-year decrease [of IE] is worth noting because the rate of decline in its market share is clearly accelerating. The browser has lost nearly eight percent market share since April 2009. And it has lost nearly 20 percent since April 2008, when its market share was over 77 percent. Clearly, IE 8, while largely well-received, hasn