IE9 to arrive Monday as Firefox 4 hits RC
Mozilla and Microsoft ready to go toe-to-toe with new browsers
Microsoft will release Internet Explorer 9 on 14 March, while Mozilla has signed off on the release candidate for Firefox 4.
The release candidate for IE9 arrived last month, after a series of developer previews, but Microsoft suggested there were "still a few surprises left".
"There are a lot of new amazing things to share," said IE senior director Ryan Gavin, in a post on the IE blog.
The Monday release coincides with the start of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Meanwhile, Mozilla developers said the first release candidate for Firefox 4 would arrive either today or tomorrow, as soon as quality assurance (QA) checks were finished.
That's already happened this afternoon, according to developer Asa Dotzler on Twitter: "QA just signed off on Firefox 4 release candidate builds."
In notes from a Firefox delivery meeting today, Mozilla reported that there would likely be no need for a second release candidate - good news given the browser has seen 12 betas and is already trailing rival IE by a few weeks.
"QA has requested more time for thorough testing, so expect at least one to two more weeks before final ship," the meeting notes said.
Update: Mozilla has now officially unveiled the release candidate for Firefox 4, which can be downloaded here.
Google today released the latest Chrome browser, as part of its six-week update cycle.
Pick up the latest issue of PC Pro - on sale tomorrow - to find out how Microsoft's browser stands up to its rivals.