Microsoft: IE9 coming March 14

Look like that big Internet Explorer party at SXSW in Austin isn’t just a party, after all. It’s a launch. Microsoft this morning confirmed that Internet Explorer 9 will be released on March 14, next Monday. The post by IE’s Ryan Gavin also includes a bit of intrigue, noting that the IE team still has “a few surprises left.”

“There are a lot of new amazing things to share,” he writes.

The new version of Internet Explorer offers a streamlined appearance and makes use of the computer’s GPU for accelerated graphics rendering, among other new features. Microsoft is seeking to regain traction in the market in the face of competition from Mozilla Firefox and others.