Microsoft announced today that it will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 next week, on March 14.

Exactly twelve months from the first Platform Preview of IE9, on Monday March 14th we will celebrate the developers and designers who are making a more beautiful web for all of us.  We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.

And we still have a few surprises left. There are a lot of new amazing things to share, and we want you to join us.

Dean Hachamovitch will be the Day 1 keynoter at MIX 11 on April 12, 2011. Last year at MIX 10 Dean announced IE9 Platform Preview 1 with hardware accelerated HTML5. Eight platform previews, one Beta, one Release Candidate, and one final version of Internet Explorer 9 later he’s back for more.

Nice! I won't be at SXSW, but I will be going to MIX.