Microsoft Claims Internet Explorer 9 RC Hits 2 Million Downloads
Microsoft is claiming that Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate has hit the 2-million-download mark a few days after its release.Microsoft is claiming its Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate has hit 2 million downloads, roughly a week after the company first made the near-final version of its next browser version available to users. "Just a few days after its public availability, customers have already downloaded Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate two million times and taken it for a spin," Roger Capriotti, director for Internet Explorer Product Marketing, wrote in a Feb. 16 posting on The Windows Blog. "As you may have seen on our engineering blog, current Internet Explorer 9 Beta users will be prompted to download RC via Windows Update this month."
Microsoft maintains Internet Explorer 9 boasts advancements in standards compatibility and user experience. Per its usual working model for high-profile releases, the company incorporated insights from beta testers to gradually upgrade the browser's speed and abilities-the Release Candidate supports geolocation, WebM video (with the installation of a V8 code on Windows) and playback of H.264-encoded video using the HTML5 video tag. According to the SunSpider benchmark, Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate is 35 percent faster than Internet Explorer 9 Beta.