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More Than Two Million Have Downloaded IE9 Beta

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?

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • rantoc
    No surprice there, its a huge speed improvement (if your on good banwith, i guess 100/100 mbit is enought for surfing =))
  • Bungwa
    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.
  • randomizer
    More interesting would be the number of people still running it after 2 days.
  • ares1214
    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.
  • joytech22
    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
  • lassik
    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.
  • 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.
  • lejay
    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.
  • isamuelson
    I guess I'm not one of those two million. I'll stick with Firefox and Chrome.
  • lejay
    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.