Internet Explorer 9 Beta To Launch 15 September

Microsoft has announced that it will release the first public beta version of its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser on 15 September.

Tech news site PC World has reported that the Redmond-based software giant has sent out invitations to selected software developers, web designers and members of media sector to attend the launch of IE9 at the Concourse Exhibition Centre in San Francisco, California.

Invitations for the event, named “Beauty of the Web” have been sent out in form of a riddle.

“To RSVP, they have to complete a word puzzle by typing the letters shown on the screen :Unlock the _ _ _ _ _ _ web. The letters they have to work with are V E A N T I and the solution is a single word.,” wrote James Pratt on the Windows Team blog.

"Once the puzzle is complete, the RSVP button appears so they can RSVP for the event," He added.

The Register reports that IE9 will be Microsoft's most standard-compatible web browser so far released, supporting HTML5, Web Open Font Format embedded fonts, Google's WebM video codec and the closed H.264 codec.