Microsoft: Millions download freshly-launched Internet Explorer 9

September 22, 2010
Millions of people have downloaded Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) since Microsoft released the test version of its next-generation Web browser a week ago.

Millions of people have downloaded Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) since Microsoft released the test version of its next-generation Web browser a week ago.

"The initial reaction has been pretty overwhelming, and we are very humbled by the response our customers have had," Roger Capriotti of the Windows team at Microsoft said in a blog post.

More than two million people around the world downloaded the beta IE9 during the two days following its release on September 15, according to Capriotti.

Microsoft's lean, muscular new Internet Explorer browser was crafted to spotlight slick websites and beat back competition from and in the Web browser arena.

IE9 taps into more of the processing power in computers, especially the capabilities of graphics chips that excel at seamlessly rendering videos or videogame action.

A typical beta period for stable browser software would be three months, but Microsoft might wait until after the year-end to make a final version of IE9 available worldwide.

Microsoft doesn't charge separately for IE and the is included with Windows software.

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BuddyEbsen
not rated yet Sep 23, 2010
Maybe they're eager to dump the buggy, frequently crashing CPU hog that is IE8
Aloken
5 / 5 (2) Sep 24, 2010
It uses the GPU, great, all I wanted was some browser bothering one of the most power hungry components inside my pc so it can 'beat' its competitors at the cost of increased energy consumption, my energy consumption nonetheless.

I'm skipping this one.

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