Internet Explorer 9 beta passes 20 million downloads

By Tom Warren, on 1st Jan 11 11:07 pm with 5 Comments

Microsoft announced on Saturday that the beta version of Internet Explorer 9 has surpassed 20 million downloads.

Microsoft previously revealed that Internet Explorer 9 beta had received 10 million downloads at the end of October. Microsoft also confirmed in early December that Internet Explorer 9 beta had been downloaded 15 million times. The revelation of 20 million downloads shows that around 5 million users are downloading IE9 each month. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer previously said that IE9 is the most downloaded beta release of Internet Explorer ever.

Microsoft revealed the figure in a blog posting on Saturday. Roger Capriotti, Director of Internet Explorer Product Marketing explained that Internet Explorer 9 is doing extremely well:

“The response to the IE9 Beta launch on September 15th has been overwhelming.  IE9 Beta has been downloaded 20 million times since launch in September, and IE9 now accounts for 0.46% of internet users worldwide at year end.”

Recently, a new Internet Explorer 9 beta build leaked to the web, originally reserved for close partners and TAP testers. The build, version 9.0.8027.6000, began showing up on popular file sharing websites in late November. The leaked version includes bug fixes, stability improvements and the latest rendering engine seen in the recent developer Platform Preview. It appears, from the digital signature, that the build was compiled as recently as November 19. Microsoft’s previous Platform Preview 7 build was labeled 9.0.8023.6000. WinRumors posted exclusive screenshots of the new leaked Internet Explorer 9 beta build.

Microsoft recently released an updated platform preview build of Internet Explorer 9. Version 7 now includes 354% better JavaScript performance according to WebKit SunSpider benchmarks. In keeping with previous platform preview builds, this latest version, Platform Preview 7, does not contain the Internet Explorer 9 UI elements.

Internet Explorer 9 beta made its debut on September 15 to a fanfare of Gorillaz appearances and anticipation of Microsoft’s new look browser. The next generation browser has received a warm welcome from tech enthusiasts, developers and the media. The browser has been so popular that it grabbed 0.25% of browser market share in just two weeks.

Microsoft has targeted developers in a heavy way with Internet Explorer 9. IE 9 takes advantage of the power of the GPU for all page rendering and developers can exploit this using CSS, DHTML and javascript. A new JS engine (codenamed Chakra) is also built into Internet Explorer 9 with greater interoperability and standards support all round. Features such as rounded corner CSS support are now built in.

Microsoft has also introduced broader support for HTML5 in IE9 through its new script engine. Microsoft recently performed W3C Web Standards tests on IE9, including HTML5, SVG 1.1 2nd edition, CSS3 media queries, CSS3 borders & backgrounds, CSS3 selectors, DOM level 3 core, DOM level 3 events and DOM level 2 style. Microsoft’s IE9 is the first and only browser to deliver full hardware acceleration of all HTML5 content. Other competitors, including Mozilla and Google, are planning select hardware acceleration but at the moment Internet Explorer 9 wins hands down.

  • Anonymous

    Although i don’t use IE9 as default browser its good news for Microsoft

    • Grannyville7989

      What’s your primary browser of choice?

    • Anonymous

      Google Chrome

    • Grannyville7989

      Nice :-)

  • GP007

    I thought we’d get the RC by now, but nope. Come on MS, hurry up already and release it! If the final is set for April like some are saying we should get the RC THIS MONTH!