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IE9: 2.35 Million Downloads on Day One

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Firefox 4 is coming next Tuesday and it’s already got a heck of a first-day to beat, as Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 9 was downloaded more than two million times in the first 24 hours it was available.

Released on Monday at SXSW in Texas, users have been downloading IE9 in droves. Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin today announced that in the 24 hours after it went live, 2.35 million downloaded the browser.

"We want to thank everyone around the world for downloading IE9 and the enthusiastic reception," said Gavin.

"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."

For those that are interested, 2.35 million downloads in the first day equates to 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds. Yowza!

You ready, Mozilla?

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    JohnnyLucky , March 18, 2011 2:07 AM
    WOW! With that much traffic I wonder what the average time was to complete a download.
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    Lan , March 18, 2011 2:10 AM
    A very nice browser once you get used to the changes from IE 8.
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    Arethel , March 18, 2011 2:15 AM
    It downloaded for me in 1.58 seconds.
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    adamboy64 , March 18, 2011 2:26 AM
    I also wonder how many uninstalls there were on day one..

    Don't get me wrong, I really like IE9.

    At the moment however, a few web-based services I use here don't work with IE9, so I've uninstalled for the time being.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 18, 2011 2:33 AM
    I wonder how many of these 2.35 Million downloads are actually still in use. If you're like me, you download it just to have it, but still prefer other browsers.
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    captaincharisma , March 18, 2011 2:34 AM
    it was a pain just to get it installed for me. it took several tries to get it to fully download after launching the installer.
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    excidium , March 18, 2011 2:36 AM
    People still use IE?
    Ive run Win7 since it came out and haven't even launched IE8. One of the first things I did was delete the icon from the taskbar.
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    dmuir , March 18, 2011 2:48 AM
    And Firefox 3 had over 8 million downloads the first 24 hours...
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    davewolfgang , March 18, 2011 2:51 AM
    JOSHSKORNI wonder how many of these 2.35 Million downloads are actually still in use. If you're like me, you download it just to have it, but still prefer other browsers.


    Bingo. I only use IE if it's for a website that just won't work with FF. (Some of the Utilities here have them.)
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    Flameout , March 18, 2011 2:57 AM
    davewolfgangBingo. I only use IE if it's for a website that just won't work with FF. (Some of the Utilities here have them.)

    that's like me, only replace the websites with games/drivers and browsers with operating systems
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    zinabas , March 18, 2011 3:25 AM
    I downloaded it and can't say I enjoy it.

    Call me crazy but somethings fishy is going on with it as well. I ran FF after I decided I didn't want IE anymore and it crashed on the first start, which is the first time in about 3 months that's happened. Hasn't done it since and I haven't used IE since either.
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    Maxor127 , March 18, 2011 3:28 AM
    My only real complaints with IE so far are that I don't really like the interface or the font smoothing that apparently can't be turned off. And the font smoothing has affected other applications.
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    saint19 , March 18, 2011 3:41 AM
    Those 2.35 millions are people that don't use Windows update? Because if we keep that Windows update download and install those "new updates" when are availables, here aren't something new, just MS trying to show numbers.
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    dimamu15 , March 18, 2011 3:46 AM
    lol yes, 2.35 downloaded, ~2.0 installed, ~1.0 will continues be using.
    I did download it on all my machines (4), only left one on my main, just in case. What can I say, Firefox is addicting.
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    razorblaze42 , March 18, 2011 4:03 AM
    I hate IE9, sticking with IE8, and BTW Firefox is slow as hell.
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    DjEaZy , March 18, 2011 4:54 AM
    ... IE... the best browser to download a another browser...
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    Blessedman , March 18, 2011 5:12 AM
    lol thank you DjEaZy. I used Win7 Exclusively for like a year then switched back to FF. Now I run Chrome and I see no point yet in changing. I have had since installing 0000000 crashes. The same cannot be said for neither FF or IE. Go Go Google
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    guardianangel42 , March 18, 2011 5:16 AM
    I don't personally use Firefox because it is so much slower than Chrome (and now IE9). Really, the only time I boot up Firefox is when I need a youtube video. It has a great add-on for that called DownloadHelper.

    After I found that IE9 was faster than Chrome, which used to be my default, I started using it more. I have had to use compatibility mode on a few pages (like Tom's) but so far am loving the thing.

    I feel like MS is on a roll here. I have a Samsung Focus running WP7 and love it to death, I have Windows 7 Pro x64 for my Desktop and love it, I have an Xbox 360 and love it, and now I love IE9. Microsoft has done a LOT of things right in the last few years across its entire spectrum of products.

    And yes, I have gotten an RROD and have had issues with Win7. That does not outweigh the benefit I have gotten from both products and at the end of the day, that's what matters.

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    Benihana , March 18, 2011 7:35 AM
    That's not that many downloads. I expected more.
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    palladin9479 , March 18, 2011 7:59 AM
    IDK lately I've been having FF lock up constantly. It seems all tabs / windows share the same engine and if one tab is lagging it out (due to a misbehaving webad or some such) then everything lags out until that the misbehavior stops.

    What FF should do is have the ability to launch each window as its own process complete with its own plugin container. It'll eat up more memory but that is getting cheaper by the day and would fix many of the issue's at hand.
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