In just 12 hours from now the final version of Internet Explorer 9 will be released to the web and available for download.  The date and time was made official last week by Microsoft and the venue for the official release is a IE9 Release Party at South By South West in Austin, Texas.

The party and official launch is scheduled to begin at 9PM Redmond time which makes it midnight here on the East coast.  You should be able to find the download at the IE9 website once it goes live.

The IE9 Release Candidate was posted just a little more than a month ago on 10 February 2011 and was downloaded 2 million times in the first few days.  That was on top of the 25 million downloads of the IE9 Beta which hit the web back in September 2010.

So there are obviously a lot of people looking for the features and speed that is present in the IE9 beta and RC’s so far and I expect to see further improvement as the code goes final and starts to spread to users around the globe.  I expect this final release to shatter download records as well base don what we have seen with the Beta and RC.

We look forward to hearing how your upgrade to the final build goes and what your impressions are of the final bits.