An Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate build has leaked onto the Internet ahead of its public debut.
Internet Explorer 9 RC build 9.0.8073.6003 appeared on a number of file sharing sites on Friday, shortly before Microsoft is expected to unveil its latest public preview. The build is an escrow version of Internet Explorer 9 RC and is not expected to represent the final shipping build version of Internet Explorer 9 RC. Screenshots of a more recent escrow build surfaced on Friday, version 9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300).
Microsoft is also taking privacy to a new level, allowing the browser to block a website’s ability to use location based services too.
With a leak of an RC-quality build to the web, it only adds further evidence that Microsoft is about ready to release the final product. While no final date has been set, it should appease IE fans that it is expected sooner rather than later.