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PDC 2010 Microsoft opened its Professional Developers' Conference by announcing IE9 Platform Preview 6, saying the IE9 Release Candidate - the final cut - is almost finished.

Platform Preview 6 incorporates improved performance, quality, and support for HTML5 and CSS3 2D and it comes six weeks after Microsoft released the IE9 beta. The company reports 10 million downloads - the most of any IE beta.

"With the sixth Platform Preview, developers, designers and partners are in a great position to prepare their sites for the IE9 Release Candidate," Microsoft blogged here.

Microsoft didn't say when the Chrome-like IE9 would be delivered, but with Microsoft's annual MIX conference coming into view next March, a release then would be a good bet. Microsoft delivered IE8 at MIX in March 2009. ®

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