IE9 downloaded more than 2.35 million times in 24 hours

Today Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 9 RTM has been downloaded more than 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours. The current record holder still belongs to Mozilla, which had over 8 million downloads in a 24-hour period.

The Windows Team posted a message on their blog thanking all those who downloaded Internet Explorer 9. Compared to the beta and RC release, IE9 RTM had double the amount of downloads as the beta, and four-times that number of the RC release.

The latest HTML5-compliant browser from Microsoft brings a number of speed improvements over previous versions of IE, including a refreshed UI. Internet Explorer 9 comes with a number of improvements and new features, including pinned websites that integrate with the Windows 7 taskbar, jumplist support, a new tab layout page, a redesigned notification system to alert users of downloads and add-ons, a SmartScreen filter, tracking protection and a ton more features.

The new JavaScript engine, Chakra, brings Internet Explorer 9 to the top of the class in terms of speed. Compared to other browsers, Internet Explorer 9 outperforms in JavaScript benchmark results; IE9 also includes hardware acceleration to help improve overall speed.

In the early betas, Microsoft demonstrated some of the new components of IE9, including a tab tear-off Windows Aero-style snap feature. The ability to compare two websites side-by-side makes it easy to compare products on the web with IE9.

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I love the new IE9. its fast smooth and clean. i have alwasy jumped around but glad to have IE back and my main browser again.

Rudnartim said,
I'm pretty sure averagae joe user has no idea about IE9 atleast all the ones I've met.

Yep, the average user doesnt even know what browser they are using.

"The new JavaScript engine, Chakra, brings Internet Explorer 9 to the top of the class in terms of speed"...

Only in IE9 32 bit. IE9 64 bit uses the old JS.

Downloaded IE9 RTM 30 minutes after it was online.
Used IE9 RC before and tested all Betas, too.
I love the fact it's fast and doesn't take much space on screen.
Like innovative concepts like pinning to taskbar and the fact you can tear tabs off (as in Chrome).

I see the paradigm shift here and why Microsoft chose to omit some elements.
E.g. Links favourites bar no longer required due to New tab with thumbnails of last visited pages.
E.g. Menu only really required once a day (in which case you press ALT and it's readily available).
E.g. tab headers can be on the same line as address bar (unless you load 100 pages at once in which case tab headers can be better perceived on separate line).

So I'm completely fine with the change, but everyone can take it at their own tempo. It took me some time to get used to "clean desktop" paradigm of Vista, or "search, don't use menus" of Seven, but it was well worth it and I outperform my colleagues who stick with old techniques and even (phew) XP.

A few sites have their glitches, like
* Badoo.co.uk not having distance slider moving and some button not pressed -
* O2 wireless box (ADSL router) does not display page properly
- but then it's sites' problem, and I can use Chrome to finish that.

Out & about I'm completely happy.
4 copies on all my machines (work & home), and my wife, friends & colleagues are following and testing IE9, too.

Microsoft: Great job. Well done, well tested!

I have to say IE9 is really quite good and lightlingly fast. The UI is clean and easy on the eye, I really like the new notification UI that's replaced all those dreadful dialogues. The web standards are now right up there, to the point that it's barely worth measuring. Good job MS, now keep it up.

No browser opens faster than IE. At work we use IE6 and Firefox. IE6 open faster than Firefox. At home IE9 open way faster than any 3rd party browser. At home I use an intel core i7 cpu running on a 64bit windows 7 ultimate PC with 6gig of fast ram. I love IE9 :-)

Yes, do tell me, isn't firefox the one that said they'd smash microsoft to pieces, last i checked FIREFOX 4 is still in the oven baking. exactly. Firefox used to be my main browser right up till the early 3.0 days then i switched back to ie

Not impressive when you think about it.
1. Massive upgrade from the last version which was released a long time ago.
2. Lots of advertising.
3. Still has the largest userbase.

Technically it should have blown the firefox record away but it hasn't.

Gaffney said,
Not impressive when you think about it.
1. Massive upgrade from the last version which was released a long time ago.
2. Lots of advertising.
3. Still has the largest userbase.

Technically it should have blown the firefox record away but it hasn't.

Um Firefox 3 had a ton more advertising. I mean back then you could go to a website and it would say GET FIREFOX. How many have you seen that say GET IE9?

Firefox 3 was downloaded on Windows, Mac, Linux. IE9 is only available on Vista / 7, and when XP has the largest userbase of any Windows versions bit hard to beat that record.

Gaffney said,

Technically it should have blown the firefox record away but it hasn't.

Most of IE's userbase is the common user, who could care less about the latest and greatest.

/- Razorfold said,
Um Firefox 3 had a ton more advertising. I mean back then you could go to a website and it would say GET FIREFOX. How many have you seen that say GET IE9?

Firefox 3 was downloaded on Windows, Mac, Linux. IE9 is only available on Vista / 7, and when XP has the largest userbase of any Windows versions bit hard to beat that record.

Those get firefox ads were usually put up by webmasters, IE9 has been paid advertising everywhere then these useless stats are being posted here because it's basically just reporting that the cash advertising went well.

Gaffney said,

Those get firefox ads were usually put up by webmasters, IE9 has been paid advertising everywhere then these useless stats are being posted here because it's basically just reporting that the cash advertising went well.

You do realize Mozilla spends quite a large amount on marketing every year right? And who cares if webmasters put up the advertisements or not? The end result is the same.

And you're also forgetting that at least 40-50% of people who use Windows are just your average joe, they aren't going to know about IE9 (or care about it).

I'm willing to bet FF4 will beat it's own previous record! Over all I'm impressed with how fast and smooth IE9 is running but it still won't be a default for me to use over FF.

The current record holder still belongs to Mozilla, which had over 8 million downloads in a 24-hour period.

IE9 is for vista + seven, Firefox 3 was on XP, Vista, Linux, Mac, it's not a comparable record

It's the record for the most downloads in a day. Of course it's comparable. They aren't going to have multiple records to cover each permutation of platforms a product is released for.

what said,
It's the record for the most downloads in a day. Of course it's comparable. They aren't going to have multiple records to cover each permutation of platforms a product is released for.

More platforms = more peoples = more downloads
Seven and vista are "new", most of users don't have one of this OS
On 2008 "everybody" was on XP.

I love it but there are still somethings they need to fix. Some video playback (Xfinity.tv) is super choppy. The add-ons infrastructure is seriously outdated, and it just lacks things I've come accustom to in other browsers (dragging a link to the tabs area to open it in a new windows, right-click > go on a url that isn't hyper-linked, spell-check) and I wish the browser and Windows had an awareness of pinned tabs. If I go to a Facebook page, but I have Facebook pinned to my taskbar, it would be nice if that tab opened up in the Facebook window. Also, if I navigate from Facebook while in the Facebook window, it will open a new tab in a regular IE window or an already corresponding pinned site. While middle-click or context menu option could keep a window navigating to a different site in that windows if desired.

I am using and it seems even faster than RC. I mean, at this point, I feel like IE can only improve, so the old days of slow and imcompatible IE is already fading with this version. I am sure that with windows 8, or whatever the next version of windows is dubbed, IE9 will also can only get better.

And I just want to notice, that IE9 offers featrure that are quite unique. Because one does not like Microsoft, that does not mean one cannnot recognize the value and the improvement that the software giant has been offering started with windows 7, windows live, I9 and the favorite Zune software. It is a good thing that I do not need biased bloggers when it comes to pick software that I use. Because one like Chrome or Firefox does not mean IE9 is bad.

Choto Cheeta said,
it feels bad to see no WinXP support, my netbook (atom) still on WinXP

XP is 10 years old. That's Middle Age in computing.

Aethec said,

XP is 10 years old. That's Middle Age in computing.

true, but a number of corporations are still stuck on Windows XP + IE6 to 8. They may not switch to Win 7 anytime soon, but IE9 is something that's free and could have been easily installed on those systems if it supported XP.

that's another reason why it will take really long to for IE6 to lose considerable market share.

busyanuj said,
that's another reason why it will take really long to for IE6 to lose considerable market share.

Those companies will not switch to IE8, why would they switch to IE9?

Godlike_Ape said,
I've been using it since the beta. It's luvlay.

same, got my default browser back, it's been a few years

nifke said,

same, got my default browser back, it's been a few years
I used to be an IE believer. Even when IE8 took more than thirty seconds when opening to be functional at times. But when I found out about Chrome a couple years ago, I switched right over. I am really torn now that IE9 is good again.. D: It's like a girlfriend who gets fat, but after you break up, she gets skinny again!

Wanyal said,
I only downloaded it to keep IE up to date. I dont actually use it.

+1

you never know when a game or whatever might auto open an IE window, if its the latest i might be more protected

Wanyal said,
I only downloaded it to keep IE up to date. I dont actually use it.

+ 1

I somehow just always feel exposed to the malicious exploits of the internet when using IE9. Maybe it's just bad memories from old versions of IE?

Wanyal said,
I only downloaded it to keep IE up to date. I dont actually use it.


I actually use IE to download chrome/firefox after a fresh installation of OS

superconductive said,

+ 1

I somehow just always feel exposed to the malicious exploits of the internet when using IE9. Maybe it's just bad memories from old versions of IE?

Yep, same here - bad memories. Same with IIS - always gives me the creeps have bad memories from the IIS 4.0 days.

That said it's really fast. I think start-up time is actually faster than Chrome 10 which is already super fast!

superconductive said,

+ 1

I somehow just always feel exposed to the malicious exploits of the internet when using IE9. Maybe it's just bad memories from old versions of IE?

+2