Internet Explorer 9 downloaded 20 million times as IE6 reaches record lows

Microsoft announced today the latest iteration of their web browser Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded more than 20 million times, although at this stage it's unclear whether or not this figure is unique downloads or includes multiple downloads by the same person.

In a post on the official Windows Team blog earlier today to celebrate the new year, Microsoft's Roger Capriotti, Director of Internet Explorer Product Marketing, called the amount of downloads of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 "overwhelming".

"We launched IE9 in 2010, and the response to the IE9 Beta launch on September 15th has been overwhelming," Capriotti wrote.

"Combined with the near half-percent of users of newly introduced IE9 Beta, the modern Internet Explorer browsers now account for 34.07% of users worldwide according to Net Applications."

Despite still being a beta release -- meaning it's still not ready for a full public launch and is not the final version -- Internet Explorer 9 is now used by approximately 0.46% of all internet users adding a small but welcome boost to IE's market share which has been on a downwards turn for a number of months since rivals, including Google Chrome have become more popular with internet users.

In news which will certainly brighten the day for those campaigning for all users to be migrated from Internet Explorer 6 to a newer edition of Internet Explorer, Capriotti has confirmed just 13.81% of all internet users worldwide now use the outdated version, which first shipped in 2001.

New features in Internet Explorer 9 include performance enhancements, an all-new lightweight design featuring a new downloads manager and tab page, and amongst other things basic CSS3 support and better security features.

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And I'm not one of them. Buggy as hel* waiting for the release version sometime this year, which will probably come with Windows 7 SP1...?

I removed support for IE6 (CSS hacks) on my sites and don't care anymore if I am losing money on these clients. I'm sick of dealing with it. Let those that refuse to upgrade (yes, corporations with REALLY old crappy software that only works on IE6) suffer. Eventually, other more major sites will follow suit then the corps can finally hear the heat from their employees.

I haven't tried it yet, can you customize the UI yet? The one they introduced in IE7 is horrible and one reason some people have stuck with 6 even to this day.

I'm ready for the RC to hit, come on MS, when are you going to release this thing so you can get feedback for the final? I thought we'd have the RC build by now.

deathvirus_me said,
just get that IE6 out as fast as possible .. i'm sick of coding with standards specific to IE6 .. breaks everything ..

just force them to upgrade by disregarding IE6
it is only 5% of internet population and declining

would probably die out with IPv4 depletion LOOL

Ci7 said,

just force them to upgrade by disregarding IE6
it is only 5% of internet population and declining

would probably die out with IPv4 depletion LOOL

Yeah sounds good but what if you have a client that is still using IE6? Then you're stuck with doubling your work just as deathvirus_me said.

Tim Dawg said,
Yeah sounds good but what if you have a client that is still using IE6? Then you're stuck with doubling your work just as deathvirus_me said.

In that case simply be sure to charge by the hour...

Ci7 said,
just force them to upgrade by disregarding IE6
it is only 5% of internet population and declining

Since when did 13.81% become only 5% of the market?

I work for AT&T and they just... JUST... started to upgrade our POS terminals to IE 8. 1/2 of the ones in our store still run ie6... its terrible.

Veritas1 said,
I work for AT&T and they just... JUST... started to upgrade our POS terminals to IE 8. 1/2 of the ones in our store still run ie6... its terrible.
Point of Sale or Piece of S--t? I hope the latter is not true; if so it means you're in for a world of hurt when you're upgraded to IE8. Sure tabbed browsing and semi-current web standards support is nice, but I've seen what IE8's Javascript performance does to the usability of 3 to 4 year old corporate desktops, which were bottom of the line when they were new. God help you if you're bumpin' a Netburst Pentium based machine.

Veritas1 said,
I work for AT&T and they just... JUST... started to upgrade our POS terminals to IE 8. 1/2 of the ones in our store still run ie6... its terrible.

It would better if you could upgrade straight to win7 sp1 and IE9 in a few months

gawicks said,
20million includes the platform previews right?
still 0.46% is pretty good for a beta release

No, I don't think it does because they say beta specifically in both cases (back when they said it hit 10million as well).

I liked the beta but I had to go back to IE8 because of performance issues (it is still beta). I will wait until the final version or maybe the RC. Not a big fan of the search field mixed with the address bar. If i want to try a diffrent search provider I had to copy and paste then select a diffrent search (Newegg -> Amazon) to go. Is there a better way that I dont know because I like the seperate search field in IE8.

Doli said,
I liked the beta but I had to go back to IE8 because of performance issues (it is still beta). I will wait until the final version or maybe the RC. Not a big fan of the search field mixed with the address bar. If i want to try a diffrent search provider I had to copy and paste then select a diffrent search (Newegg -> Amazon) to go. Is there a better way that I dont know because I like the seperate search field in IE8.

I'm guessing you're refering to the add-on gallery search providers? If that is the case then they are still available. Click the down arrow in the URL box and at the very bottom right you'll see add. Just click that and add the search provider that you like. Then in the bottom left of the URL box will be the provider logo, click on it and search away! Hope that helped. If not, just PM me.

Doli said,
I liked the beta but I had to go back to IE8 because of performance issues (it is still beta). I will wait until the final version or maybe the RC. Not a big fan of the search field mixed with the address bar. If i want to try a diffrent search provider I had to copy and paste then select a diffrent search (Newegg -> Amazon) to go. Is there a better way that I dont know because I like the seperate search field in IE8.

As useful as it is having address and search in one box is, I do agree that it has its quirks. With the two separate boxes, the last query I made is still displayed in the search box in case I need to recall what it is, but it reverts back into the address bar in IE9 after I click enter and make a search.

I also recalled that in IE8, there was easy ability to make a search engine out of any website, but with IE9 you can't do that. I remember I could create a Flickr search engine in IE8, but with IE9 I have to go with the official ones on the add-ons site.

Doli said,
If i want to try a diffrent search provider I had to copy and paste then select a diffrent search (Newegg -> Amazon) to go.

I guess that is a bug, that the IE search for the Search URL and not for the search words, if you switch the search provider.

Probably when Windows XP fades away given it's the OS default browser. I'm going to guess theres users that haven't updated it for whatever reason.

That or corporate users may be tied to the POS.

ie9 said,
Making good progress. Looing forward to the RC!

Try Internet Explorer 9 (beta 2) build 9.0.8027.6000; it's based on Internet Explorer Platform Preview 7.

day2die said,

Try Internet Explorer 9 (beta 2) build 9.0.8027.6000; it's based on Internet Explorer Platform Preview 7.

I've been running it since it's leak. It's nice, but I would like an official build and maybe some nice surprises besides the minor tab UI tweak (as seen in a few screenshots)

day2die said,

Try Internet Explorer 9 (beta 2) build 9.0.8027.6000; it's based on Internet Explorer Platform Preview 7.

Any idea when it will be offically released?
And when it will, IE9 will be much faster than Chrome Canary!