Internet Explorer 9 gets 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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San Francisco, Mar 18: The computer giant Microsoft said that their latest version popular web browser, Internet Explorer 9, has been downloaded more than 2.3 million times in just one day after its stable version release.

Microsoft released the final version of IE 9 on Mar 15 at South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin. The download number is quite impressive as the new IE9 runs only on Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems (Ya, it's true that it won't support world's largely used Windows XP version).

"We want to thank everyone around the world for downloading IE9 and the enthusiastic reception. 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours is over double the 1 million downloads we saw of the IE9 Beta and four times that of the IE9 RC over the same time period," Microsoft said in its blog.

Earlier during the release of first public beta of IE9 in Sep, 2010, Microsoft claimed that around 2 million users downloaded IE9 in just 24 hours. The new IE9, which offers "A More Beautiful Web" experience with its revamped user interface, supports HTML 5 and CSS 3 properties.

The web browser market is becoming more competitive with the launch of latest versions from giants like Google, Mozilla and Microsoft. Mozilla announced that it will launch the final stable release of its Firefox 4 on Mar 22 and rumor mills reported the the existence of Chrome 11 after the launch of Chrome 10. So, let's wait for more features on web browsers.

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