Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 beta was downloaded 2 million times during its first two days of release, according to Microsoft. IE 9 is meant to help maintain the company's browser-market lead.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 beta was downloaded 2 million times during
its first two days of release, according to the company. That falls in line
with the company's other recent beta releases, which have attracted
multimillion-user audiences. Those users' data is then used to fine-tune the
final version of the software.
"In the first two days, over 2 million people worldwide downloaded IE9
Beta," Roger Capriotti, a product management lead for Internet Explorer, wrote
in a Sept. 20 posting on The Windows Blog
. "By comparison, when
Internet Explorer 8 Beta launched in August 2008, we had 1.3 million downloads
over the first five days."
IE 9 beta made its debut Sept. 15 in a San Francisco
event. The new browser touts a streamlined user interface and features such as
extensive support for HTML5. Microsoft designed the application to leverage the
PC's underlying hardware, most notably its graphics processor, for accelerated
graphics and video.
End-user features include a "Your Most Popular Sites" page, a "Manage
Add-Ons" window that allows users to disable programs that slow down
browser performance, the ability in Windows 7 to "tear off" browser
tabs and pin them to the taskbar, and a discrete notification bar.
However, only Windows 7 and Windows Vista are IE 9 capable; the new browser
was never designed to run on Windows XP, despite Microsoft's pledge to support
the older operating system, still used by substantial numbers of consumers and
businesses, through April 2014.
Microsoft recommends that business users considering a Windows 7 upgrade not
wait until the final version of Internet Explorer 9, reportedly due sometime in
"Until the final code of Internet Explorer 9 is released to the web
(RTW), we recommend businesses first move to Windows 7 Enterprise with Internet
Explorer 8," Rich Reynolds, general manager of Windows Commercial Product
in a Sept. 21 posting on The Windows Blog
. "Thanks to the high degree
of application compatibility between the two browser versions, any investments
today in deploying Internet Explorer 8 will put you on the best path for
transitioning to Internet Explorer 9."
The question with the final version of Internet Explorer 9, of course, is
whether it will allow Microsoft to maintain its lead in the browser market,
where it faces fierce competition from the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla