Microsoft releases new Internet Explorer 9 browser

March 15, 2011 by Glenn Chapman
Microsoft announced that it will release the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late on Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday). IE 9 will be available for download in 30 languages at

Microsoft released the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late Monday, hoping to fend off recent challenges by Firefox and Google Chrome.

"IE9 has just released around the world," a booming voice told a cheering crowd at 11:00 pm Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday) in the Austin City Limits Live concert hall where a launch party was being held.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) was available for download in 30 languages at

"Things are about to change," Microsoft corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch said just hours earlier at a press conference at the South By Southwest Interactive technology festival here.

"We took a dramatically different tack," he continued. "It's a really good day for the Web."

IE9 is built to make the most of Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7, as well as graphics processing chips that can power videos, games and graphics.

The long list of partners that have adapted websites to IE9 includes , , Pandora, , and Yahoo!, according to Microsoft.

"We have worked with partners reaching a billion active Internet users," Hachamovitch said. "All of these partners are using IE9 to make a more beautiful Web, starting today."

More than 40 million copies of IE9 have already been downloaded as part of the process leading up to its official release, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft showed off a lean, muscular new crafted to spotlight slick websites and beat back competition from Firefox and .

Microsoft director of web services strategy Ari Bixhorn booted up an Apple MacBook Pro laptop running the latest version of Firefox for a side-by-side comparison.

A laptop powered by Windows and using IE9 smoothly zipped through cascading images illustrating top tunes at a radio station website while the competition appeared to be much slower.

Once a website is reached, the IE9 browser seems to almost vanish to spotlight the content.

"The browser is the stage and the websites are the stars of the show," Hachamovitch told AFP during an earlier demonstration.

The browser is included in Windows software, and the operating system remains at a core of Microsoft's software empire. The Redmond, Washington-based technology colossus claims more than one billion Windows customers.

promised to be another hit release for Microsoft, which has had market success with the Windows 7 and the Kinect motion-sensing controller accessory for Xbox 360 video game consoles.

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not rated yet Mar 15, 2011
i dont understand what they're getting out of these browsers.
3 / 5 (2) Mar 15, 2011
they want to corner the market and get all the money for themselves one way or another. My answer is that I will not use IE9 or IE9^100 not matter what they come up with. All the major advances in web browsing came about from the open source fellows.
3 / 5 (2) Mar 15, 2011
Article reads like AFP swallowed M$ofts PR and then vomited an article that Physorg ate with relish.

5 / 5 (1) Mar 15, 2011
Firefox has had these features for 3 years now. As far as the tight integration between IE9 and Windows, Access = Vunerability. I am certain the trojan writers are just as excited as Microsoft executives. Especially since, by default all files are executable.

Once again, leave the doors and windows of your house wide open and just put up a sign that says "Home protected by security system".

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