IE9 Beta Scorches to 2 Million Downloads in 48 Hours

IE9 Beta Scorches to 2 Million Downloads in 48 Hours

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser still claims the lion's share of the browser market, but let's be honest here, it's been so long since IE led the pack in terms of features and performance that Microsoft has forgotten what it's like for users to be genuinely excited about a browser release that doesn't belong to Mozilla, Google, or any of the other competition. Hence the feeling of euphoria emanating from Redmond over the initial interest in Internet Explorer 9 Beta.

"The initial reaction has been pretty overwhelming, and we are very humbled by the response our customers have had," Microsoft announced in a blog post. "In the first two days, over 2 million people worldwide downloaded IE9 Beta. By comparison, when Internet Explorer 8 Beta launched in August 2008, we had 1.3 million downloads over the first five days."


In case Microsoft is having trouble figuring out why exactly that is, we'll tell them. It's because unlike IE8 and versions before it, Internet Explorer for the first time in a very long time is breaking new ground rather than simply trying to catch up with the other guys' browsers. The big feature here is hardware acceleration, and if you want it, IE9 Beta is the only place you'll get it and Firefox 4 Beta (5 and up) are the only places you can get it. IE9 taps into your GPU to handle graphics-heavy tasks like video streaming and online gaming, and is a cool feature to have as the Web 2.0 experience continues to evolve.

"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," Microsoft added.

It also signals what can happen when you don't rest on your laurels -- as was the case with IE6, which wasn't replaced by IE7 until five years after its release -- and take the browser game seriously.
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IE feels so foreign now after switching, I will give IE9 a look once it exits BETA.

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Headline: "Users Scramble to Ditch Security-Hole-Ridden IE8 for Unproven Piece of Driftwood with Similar Name."

>>  The big feature here is hardware acceleration, and if you want it, IE9 is the only place you'll get it.

Unless you've used Firefox 4 beta, which has had it enabled by default since Sept. 7th.  It even has hardware accelleration on Linux and OS X.

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Lol... nice update. Current beta is 6, though. :)

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"Lol... nice update."

Yeah, I goofed on that one. Good catch!

-Paul Lilly

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Hehe.. no worries. You know me: Open source zealot that can't stand when MS gets undue credit. :)

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I'm using IE9 Beta right now, it doesn't even feel close to being ready for release. It's very buggy and starting to get on my nerves lol

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IE9 Beta Scorches to 3 Million Uninstalls in 4 Hours! :P

Buggy is not even half of it! You also get a good feeling of all the security holes and feel like all your info is being taken by who knows where!

They take away the one staple that worked (having the search in the top right), integrate it within a smaller address bar, polish up the graphics and hope that you don't realize it is still a turd:P

If you have UAC on, and only windows firewall, you wouldn't realise how much is being sent out!

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>> IE9 Beta Scorches to 3 Million Uninstalls in 4 Hours! :P

ROFLMAO Animator!

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"The big feature here is hardware acceleration, and if you want it, IE9 is the only place you'll get it."

It's been corrected to include Firefox now, but Webkit (and Chrome) support it as well. Opera also has hardware acceleration, but it's disabled right now, to be enabled (supposedly) within a month.

So... IE9 still doesn't really have anything unique, as all the browsers are going to be releasing hardware-accelerated versions about the same time.

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