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More Than Two Million Have Downloaded IE9 Beta

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 57 comments

A better browser for Windows 7.

Internet Explorer 9 beta released just a week ago and has already attracted millions of downloads. Microsoft characterized the response as "pretty overwhelming," was at the same time "very humbled."

In the first two days, over 2 million people worldwide downloaded IE9 Beta. This number blasts the old Internet Explorer 8 Beta numbers, which launched in August 2008, that accumulated 1.3 million downloads over the first five days.

"All in all, we are encouraged about the very early response to the IE9 release this past week, namely because it signals that the emphasis on making websites shine through Windows is resonating," said Roger Capriotti, Group Product Planner at Microsoft. "We are looking forward to more and more partners building great experiences through Internet Explorer 9 to deliver a more beautiful web."

Have you tried IE9 beta yet? If so, is it going to replace anything as your primary browser?

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    randomizer , September 23, 2010 10:36 AM
    More interesting would be the number of people still running it after 2 days.
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    rantoc , September 23, 2010 10:13 AM
    No surprice there, its a huge speed improvement (if your on good banwith, i guess 100/100 mbit is enought for surfing =))
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    Bungwa , September 23, 2010 10:25 AM
    Not being a huge MS fan, I have to admit I have found IE 9 very sleek and load times very fast, of course you have to be running Win 7 also.
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    randomizer , September 23, 2010 10:36 AM
    More interesting would be the number of people still running it after 2 days.
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    ares1214 , September 23, 2010 10:53 AM
    greghomeIt's gonna be a massive improvement over IE8, considering IE8 is technically B#ll$hit


    Technically? Yeah, you can just sub that in for IS.
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    joytech22 , September 23, 2010 11:08 AM
    Well i liked the Beta, it even shows you and warns you what plugins take the longest to start which i enjoyed and didn't require me to download a extension for it either.

    Buuut.. in the long run i think i'll stick with google chrome and FF4
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    lassik , September 23, 2010 11:14 AM
    I like the minimalistic look of IE9, I'm on XP though so I'll be sticking with Firefox and it's next iterations for the time being.
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2010 11:19 AM
    The beta crashed my machine. Reloaded W7 from scratch and installed IE9 beta and now it works, but crashes on about every 10th website. I now use Chrome 6 for most web work.
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    lejay , September 23, 2010 11:29 AM
    ares1214Technically? Yeah, you can just sub that in for IS.

    It's gonna be a massive improvement over IE8, considering IE8 is IS B#ll$hit

    Nah, it doesn't really work.
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    isamuelson , September 23, 2010 11:57 AM
    I guess I'm not one of those two million. I'll stick with Firefox and Chrome.
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    lejay , September 23, 2010 12:02 PM
    isamuelsonI guess I'm not one of those two million. I'll stick with Firefox and Chrome.

    Fascinating... Please tell me more about your life.
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    xpsng , September 23, 2010 12:06 PM
    Massive improvement with the gfx support on loading times and sleekness... Ye bugs are still there... You cant seem to browse right (sometimes text gets mingled with pics and @ youtube.com the Queue feature bar showing on the lower side of the screen seems empty and no video preview is shown) but still a great improvement overall...
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    abbringm , September 23, 2010 12:07 PM
    How many times before have they said this version will be competitive? This is the 9th(!) version already people! They'll never learn. Microsoft was nice in the pas millenium. It's Google time now.
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    mayne92 , September 23, 2010 12:14 PM
    lejayFascinating... Please tell me more about your life.

    I'm not one of the 2 million and I stick with FF and Chrome =D

    You mad we don't care for M$'s BS?
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    LORD_ORION , September 23, 2010 12:30 PM
    I downloaded, installed and it crashed opening up the beta page. :D 

    Then it crashed installing the beta of Flash.

    Then it would freeze 1/2 the time I visited gaming sites. (probably because of flash I am guessing)

    Regardless, this was a clean OS image, and I have never had a beta state as bad as this one from MS.
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    adribhel , September 23, 2010 12:34 PM
    I still use Opera for personal use, but for work IE9 is a great. (Many sites I use at work only work correctly with IE.) Really speeds up my day.
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    Bolbi , September 23, 2010 12:54 PM
    Echoing the general sentiment... IE9 is a huge improvement over IE8, but Firefox 4 is still my browser of choice for the foreseeable future. My only concern is the lack of Firefox's support for h.264 HTML5 videos, which IE9 supports.
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    nforce4max , September 23, 2010 1:08 PM
    2 million who shouldn't be using the internet.
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    darkchazz , September 23, 2010 1:12 PM
    I had downloaded IE9 , tried it , then downloaded Firefox 4 beta 6 and tried that as well.
    Guess what I decided to stick with , firefox
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    christiangordon , September 23, 2010 1:33 PM
    Most of my work is done on the internet using sharepoint 2010 and others. IE7 worked just fine IE8 worked with some issues IE9 doesn't work. Firefox won again.
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    Regulas , September 23, 2010 1:34 PM
    ZZZZzzzzz
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