Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Internet Explorer 9 is now available in 93 different languages.
The software giant released support for Internet Explorer 9 in 53 additional languages on Wednesday. The language support now places Internet Explorer 9 at the top for local language browser support on Windows. Mozilla is a close second place with 86 languages for Firefox 4, Chrome and Opera lag behind with just over 40 and Safari 5 performs the worst with just 16 languages supported. “With IE9, our goal was to deliver more languages faster,” said Microsoft’s Vishwac Sena Kannan. ”With today’s release, IE9 is available in all languages that Windows Vista is available in and in 93 of 96 languages Windows 7 is available in.”
Microsoft says it will start offering IE9 to customers in one of the 53 new languages starting next week via Windows Update. The rollout will be gradual and should be complete by the end of June according to the company. Internet Explorer 9 language packs will also be made available as optional updates via Windows Update for users who have previously installed IE9.
Microsoft revealed in March that users have downloaded 36 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 since its beta release in September. The software maker launched its final development milestone version of Internet Explorer 9 on February 10. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 includes an enhanced UI, HTML5 support, hardware accelerated browsing and some great security improvements. Microsoft has included Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 9. The new privacy feature allows consumers to address their concerns about being tracked on the web. Internet Explorer 9 offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers. Tracking protection involves lists that can be published online. Microsoft’s second security enhancement is the ability to block ActiveX controls. Internet Explorer 9 includes an “ActiveX filter” option. The filter allows users to switch off ActiveX elements within their session, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser.
Microsoft’s latest browser includes some great improvements for end users too. Improved tabbing, pinning and HTML5 support will make the web more beautiful claims Microsoft. The software giant has partnered with some big names to show off just what Internet Explorer 9 is capable off and it’s likely that hundreds more will follow in the coming months. Microsoft isn’t stopping at Internet Explorer 9 though. The company plans to bring its improvements to the mobile space. Windows Phone 7 will include a mobile version of IE9 later this year. The company will also ship regular Platform Previews to keep developers ready for the next versions of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is just the start.