IE9 reaches 36 Million downloads; Increases market share

Since its release on February 10th, the IE9 Release Candidate has been downloaded over 11 million times. Together with the IE9 Beta, IE9 has been downloaded over 36 million times since its initial availability on September 15, 2010, reports The IE Team Blog.

Net Applications reports that IE9 now represents 0.66% of all worldwide browser usage share on Windows with 2.09% usage share on Windows 7.

Internet Explorer 9 release candidate came with a number of improvements, including a new tab management and UI. Now users can close tabs without actually having the tab active. Tabs can also be pinned under the address bar for users who browse with multiple tabs open. For added security, IE9 RC comes with tracking protection to prevent websites from finding your location.

As we reported two weeks ago, Internet Explorer 9 RC downloads were right on par with the beta, which managed to achieve over 2 million downloads in just five days.

Roger Capriotti, Director of Internet Explorer Product Marketing, also noted the continued growth of Internet Explorer overall "IE8 and 9 actually show even stronger growth on Windows: up 1.31% (versus 1.13% using the new February weighting) – or over three times Chrome’s 0.42% growth." Net Applications reported in February that Internet Explorer share increased by 0.86% across Windows. Across all operating systems, IE share also grew 0.78% using the new weighting.

Capriotti also noted that he's looking forward to a "full product release in the near future". So stay tuned for that!

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i just hope that ie9 dont end up like ie7 most unpolished and unrefined ie experience ever.... in ie8 the ui its great they only needed to improve the engine and not mess the UI.

xan K said,
How about ads. Is there any ad-blocking addon for IE9?

It's nowhere near as good as adblock plus for Firefox. Best to avoid IE if you don't like ads.

Flawed said,

It's nowhere near as good as adblock plus for Firefox. Best to avoid IE if you don't like ads.

You do know theres an ABP port for IE8 and will be for IE9 when it comes out?

I don't know how well you can trust these statistics. A lot of people could just be downloading it to see what it's like, come across one of those sites NetApps monitors, and then never open it again.

Panda X said,
I don't know how well you can trust these statistics. A lot of people could just be downloading it to see what it's like, come across one of those sites NetApps monitors, and then never open it again.

Out of 36 million people I doubt the number who just downloaded it and never use it is negligible. Why would anyone even bother to install it if they weren't going to use it?

TRC said,

Out of 36 million people I doubt the number who just downloaded it and never use it is negligible. Why would anyone even bother to install it if they weren't going to use it?

36 million is misleading as not one of the 25 million beta users installed RC as a second browser.

cleverclogs said,
Love the RC, works perfectly.

Not on Facebook, dude.
If you're a Microsoft Connect user, I suggest bombarding them with all the bugs you can find!

thenonhacker said,

Not on Facebook, dude.
If you're a Microsoft Connect user, I suggest bombarding them with all the bugs you can find!


Nah since the RC I've had no problems with FB, and besides, now I don't use FB anymore, woo!

Meh I prefer Maxthon 3. Runs webkit & trident as well as google's V8 javascript engine. I'll get IE9 though when it comes out. Just not as smooth as maxthon for sure.

NeoDecay said,
Meh I prefer Maxthon 3. Runs webkit & trident as well as google's V8 javascript engine. I'll get IE9 though when it comes out. Just not as smooth as maxthon for sure.

+1. I went from Chrome to IE9. From IE9 to Firefox (out of curiosity), then back to IE9. Then from IE9 to Maxthon 3. It's been a week or so and it's awesome so far, won't be looking back.

NeoDecay said,
Meh I prefer Maxthon 3. Runs webkit & trident as well as google's V8 javascript engine. I'll get IE9 though when it comes out. Just not as smooth as maxthon for sure.

Using Mx3 too comes with so much goodies default part of the browser that even plugins arent working (yet) i dont mind there are no plugins, besides mx2 looks like fud.
But it combines 2 good browsers into 1, best of all, it keeps your cookies when you switch between Trident and Webkit <3 unlike IEtab in FF etc.
function i love most is ctrl+click on an image, and the open last closed tabs button is great to.
And if you got IE9, it works fine in Mx3 aswell

me personally ill update to IE9 when it's officially released. but i don't see me dumping Firefox 4 anytime soon as i been a Firefox user, as my primary browser, since a little prior to the v1.0 release.

i think overall Firefox has the smoothest browsing experience. Chrome i think is overrated as on paper and certain tests it's faster but in real world i think Firefox is overall smoothest browsing experience. but i have not tried IE9 yet though but out of the alternatives to IE i think Firefox is best.

Dead'Soul said,
via Windows Update? Shame on you Microsoft!

bull****. IE9 has not been offered through Windows Update. IE9 Beta to RC update is however an optional download on WU. Also, they're talking about downloads from the website.

Dead'Soul said,
via Windows Update? Shame on you Microsoft!

its an optional update, heck it should be critical because its already in windows, and can be a vulnerability, so update the darn thing

Dead'Soul said,
via Windows Update? Shame on you Microsoft!

It's an optional update, not critical, so you are not forced to download it. Haters gonna hate.

Dead'Soul said,
via Windows Update? Shame on you Microsoft!

Right, because none of the other browsers update themselves. Shame on Microsoft for providing an update for IE. Shame. On. Them.

Frylock86 said,

Right, because none of the other browsers update themselves. Shame on Microsoft for providing an update for IE. Shame. On. Them.


I thought they do update themselves, especially for Chrome and its silent auto update that doesnt even ask you whether you want the update or not......

leojei said,

I thought they do update themselves, especially for Chrome and its silent auto update that doesnt even ask you whether you want the update or not......

Shame on Chrome for forced Windows Updates!!!

It should be an Optional Update!