Internet Explorer 9 RC hits 2 million downloads

Since its debut only a few days ago, Internet Explorer 9 RC has surpassed the two million download milestone. The Windows Team Blog announced today, with excitement, on the success of their HTML5-compliant browser. The downloads only accounted for user-initiated downloads, and not those through Windows Update.

Internet Explorer 9 release candidate comes 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.

Internet Explorer 9 RC downloads are right on par with the beta, which managed to achieve over 2 million downloads in just five days. The browser still has a long way to go to match the 23 million beta downloads, which was announced earlier this month. Who knows, perhaps Microsoft might go for the most downloads in a 24-hour period to beat the current world record holder, Firefox, with 8 million downloads.

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I'm not impressed, very little customization available. Other browsers do it better, offer more, and do it faster.

Thanks M$...but no.

Here's a glitch, but I don't blame Microsoft for this

Have IE 9 RC installed
Install SP1 for Windows 7
Remove backed up files to rollback Sp1
Remove IE 9 RC
Fails to restore IE 8 / Broken IE

It's easy to hit 2 million downloads when the software is part of automatic windows updates and rated important... Another bull** statistic.

sneeze said,
It's easy to hit 2 million downloads when the software is part of automatic windows updates and rated important... Another bull** statistic.

uh yeah, yet its NOT part of windows update so um yeah another bull**** comment

sneeze said,
It's easy to hit 2 million downloads when the software is part of automatic windows updates and rated important... Another bull** statistic.

I'm pretty sure they don't count WU as downloads. Besides, it only updates people that had the beta.

argh..I still cannot install IE9 RC on my 64bit Win7...it kept telling me to perform update first...although i cleared my Windows Update already

I deployed IE9 beta/rc on many computers. I tried downloading laptop drivers - big files, slow download. Many problems, inluding resume-relating ones. IE9 download manager is far inferior to DownThemAll Firefox plugin.

I deployed IE9 beta/rc on many computers. I tried downloading laptop drivers - big files, slow download. Many problems, inluding resume-relating ones. IE9 download manager is far inferior to DownThemAll Firefox plugin.

Ulpian said,
I deployed IE9 beta/rc on many computers. I tried downloading laptop drivers - big files, slow download. Many problems, inluding resume-relating ones. IE9 download manager is far inferior to DownThemAll Firefox plugin.

Comparing to plugins now? Why not with Firefox's built-in one? Oh wait, because it's crap.

Glendi said,

Comparing to plugins now? Why not with Firefox's built-in one? Oh wait, because it's crap.

Both IE9 and Firefox download managers are pretty much the same.

Educated Idiot said,
I'm not surprised. It's shaping up to be a great upgrade. However, I'm still a Chrome fan.

Same here. I use IE9 occasionally though

RAM Soaking Superfetch? What are we still running 256 MB of RAM on our machines now? I think Jab Creations is still living in the past. The deep past, like 2002.

I have IE 9 RC as of last Thursday - and loving it. Then again, I've had IE 9 since March 2010 when it was in Platform Preview 1.

I heard that the final release would be in April 2011 - is that true?

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
I have IE 9 RC as of last Thursday - and loving it. Then again, I've had IE 9 since March 2010 when it was in Platform Preview 1.

I heard that the final release would be in April 2011 - is that true?

No official date has been given but April is when they are having MiX which is MS's big IE/SL/.NET and overall development event. So if they don't release it in March, MiX in April is the safe bet.

HTML5-compliant is subjective though IE has made a lot of progress.

The problem is that IE9 won't make enough of an impact since it won't be released for XP and M$ is more than capable of releasing it for XP though they won't since their new motto is to destroy their own products.

IE is actually LESS customizable than Safari...SAFARI! You can add and remove buttons on Safari's existing toolbars whereas IE has the toolbars hidden and they take up extra space. The file menu is on the bottom where it doesn't belong and the previous registry hack no longer works.

IE's DHTML performance in some ways is better than Firefox however it's CSS3 support is still far behind with no support for multi-column layouts (Firefox 1.5) and transitions (Firefox 4.0) and the importNode method is half broken. SVG wise IE9 will be on par with Firefox 3.5 which was released June 30, 2009.
http://www.codedread.com/svg-support.php

Though it's the GUI and anti-XP decision that will make IE9 fall short of the shoes it needs to fit in for Microsoft to fix the no-man's land they've created. Not all people are moving to Windows 7 and there's a LOT more hostility towards it than M$ wants to admit to as well as the controlled media will mention.

Microsoft isn't listening because standards compliance isn't the only thing that makes a good browser great.

JAB Creations said,
HTML5-compliant is subjective though IE has made a lot of progress.

The problem is that IE9 won't make enough of an impact since it won't be released for XP and M$ is more than capable of releasing it for XP though they won't since their new motto is to destroy their own products.

IE is actually LESS customizable than Safari...SAFARI! You can add and remove buttons on Safari's existing toolbars whereas IE has the toolbars hidden and they take up extra space. The file menu is on the bottom where it doesn't belong and the previous registry hack no longer works.

IE's DHTML performance in some ways is better than Firefox however it's CSS3 support is still far behind with no support for multi-column layouts (Firefox 1.5) and transitions (Firefox 4.0) and the importNode method is half broken. SVG wise IE9 will be on par with Firefox 3.5 which was released June 30, 2009.
http://www.codedread.com/svg-support.php

Though it's the GUI and anti-XP decision that will make IE9 fall short of the shoes it needs to fit in for Microsoft to fix the no-man's land they've created. Not all people are moving to Windows 7 and there's a LOT more hostility towards it than M$ wants to admit to as well as the controlled media will mention.

Microsoft isn't listening because standards compliance isn't the only thing that makes a good browser great.


"Not all people are moving to Windows 7"

lol, ur retarted,,300m+ licences sold,,

JAB Creations said,
Though it's the GUI and anti-XP decision that will make IE9 fall short of the shoes it needs to fit in for Microsoft to fix the no-man's land they've created.

Wow, did you actually read this rubbish before you posted

JAB Creations said,
HTML5-compliant is subjective though IE has made a lot of progress.

The problem is that IE9 won't make enough of an impact since it won't be released for XP and M$

I read it up to here, and then you lost all credibility.

If you want IE9 on XP than you have to do this:
1. Port DirectX 10 and up to XP
2. Port Direct2D and DirectWrite to XP
3. Port IE9 to XP
4. enjoy your crappy 10 year old OS

1.) I don't need DirectX 10, maybe you do.
2.) I have 3D acceleration in Firefox 4.
3.) IE9 is still less capable than Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari which are all on XP.
4.) Yes, I enjoy production, what are you fan boys doing? Clicking on an icon and playing video games all day? Ignoring an OS running in the background is not how one properly judges an OS.

Every thing I've said can easily be verified where as the credibility of these responses are what? What are your qualifications? Video games? Also the number of licenses is as inclusive meaning that every computer using it has to be licensed so when people still go out and buy a computer who aren't technical they're going to get stuck with 7.

Enjoy your RAM soaking SuperFetch while I get stuff done. =)

JAB Creations said,

1.) I don't need DirectX 10, maybe you do.
2.) I have 3D acceleration in Firefox 4.

Even Firefox 4 needs Direct2D and DirectWrite to do hardware acceleration. So if you need a hardware-accelerated Firefox 4, you need to port them in XP

JAB Creations...what do you create exactly?
I mean, you look like to be some kind of programmer, yet you do not understand what SuperFetch is?

JAB Creations said,
Every thing I've said can easily be verified where as the credibility of these responses are what? What are your qualifications? Video games? Also the number of licenses is as inclusive meaning that every computer using it has to be licensed so when people still go out and buy a computer who aren't technical they're going to get stuck with 7.

Enjoy your RAM soaking SuperFetch while I get stuff done. =)

This comment saddens me. To anyone not living in the pre-2006 days, 2 GB of ram is pretty much standard minimum. Not even that is required to run W7 efficiently. On a clean install, 7 uses about 300 mb upon boot, without superfetch. But why would you do that? Superfetch increases productivity by decreasing load times.

And for the record, Windows 7 with its conveniences I find several times more productive than XP ever was. If you give 7 more than 5 minute's chance, you'd probably change your opinion.

Enjoy using your 10 year old software.

Reacon said,
This comment saddens me.

Indeed.. in fact once all is said and done 7 handles memory better than XP ever did. In some scenarios after a heavy workload I'll wind up with more free memory than I've ever gotten from XP. Never mind the fact that instead of waiting (and waiting and waiting) while XP loads things, I'm already busy getting that stuff done. Plus it doesn't horde that memory.. if Windows needs it, SuperFetch lets go of it.. it's not permanently allocated. Would you rather have that "empty" memory speeding things up, or just doing nothing but making a smaller bar on the resource meter?

JAB Creations said,
HTML5-compliant is subjective though IE has made a lot of progress.

The problem is that IE9 won't make enough of an impact since it won't be released for XP and M$ is more than capable of releasing it for XP though they won't since their new motto is to destroy their own products.

IE is actually LESS customizable than Safari...SAFARI! You can add and remove buttons on Safari's existing toolbars whereas IE has the toolbars hidden and they take up extra space. The file menu is on the bottom where it doesn't belong and the previous registry hack no longer works.

IE's DHTML performance in some ways is better than Firefox however it's CSS3 support is still far behind with no support for multi-column layouts (Firefox 1.5) and transitions (Firefox 4.0) and the importNode method is half broken. SVG wise IE9 will be on par with Firefox 3.5 which was released June 30, 2009.
http://www.codedread.com/svg-support.php

Though it's the GUI and anti-XP decision that will make IE9 fall short of the shoes it needs to fit in for Microsoft to fix the no-man's land they've created. Not all people are moving to Windows 7 and there's a LOT more hostility towards it than M$ wants to admit to as well as the controlled media will mention.

Microsoft isn't listening because standards compliance isn't the only thing that makes a good browser great.

I generally think that anyone who uses the abbreviation "M$" should never be taken seriously. At anything. Grow up, it's not the 90's anymore, adding the $ sign doesn't make you cool, or hip.

IntelliMoo said,
Of course we all know downloads count much more than actual usage time.

Seem to count when it was firefox announcing it's download record..

IntelliMoo said,
Of course we all know downloads count much more than actual usage time.

that's just halarious, because when I said the same thing when FireFox reached 1 million downloads, people laughed at me...

Antaris said,

Seem to count when it was firefox announcing it's download record..


People said the same back then.

IntelliMoo said,
Of course we all know downloads count much more than actual usage time.

I can only speak for me, but I already uninstalled my other browsers for IE9 on two machines.

Anyone else noticed it has a massive memory leak - I was watching a flash movie yesterday and iexplore.exe got to 350MB

dwarhya said,
Anyone else noticed it has a massive memory leak - I was watching a flash movie yesterday and iexplore.exe got to 350MB

Did you test that in any other browsers to see what they took up?

Sraf said,

Did you test that in any other browsers to see what they took up?

I switched over to Chrome 9 - my default browser - and that played the movie at a constant 30 MB

dwarhya said,

I switched over to Chrome 9 - my default browser - and that played the movie at a constant 30 MB

Are you taking into account the other Chrome processes?

dwarhya said,
Anyone else noticed it has a massive memory leak - I was watching a flash movie yesterday and iexplore.exe got to 350MB

To avoid memory leaks, uninstall all previous IE9 releases (beta, pre-RC) and then install IE9 RC.

dwarhya said,

I switched over to Chrome 9 - my default browser - and that played the movie at a constant 30 MB

chrome is at 9 already? holy cow!

GrandTheftAuto said,
Good for Microsoft... bad for, erm... Everyone who wants plugins

Once again: Internet Explorer support AddOns for ages…

GrandTheftAuto said,
Good for Microsoft... bad for, erm... Everyone who wants plugins

IE has plugins (called addons), not quite sure what you're trying to say here.

TCLN Ryster said,

IE has plugins (called addons), not quite sure what you're trying to say here.

1. But most of these addons are toolbars.
2. I'd love it if a lot of the useful Firefox addons will have IE9 equivalents.
3. I WANT A SPELL CHECK ADD-ON!!!

thenonhacker said,

2. I'd love it if a lot of the useful Firefox addons will have IE9 equivalents.

Which addons are you wanting? IE9 already has the equivalent of Firebug and Ad-block Plus built-in with its Developer Tools and InPrivate Filtering and Tracking Protection.

3. I WANT A SPELL CHECK ADD-ON!!!

There's already a spell check add-on available since 2002! See http://www.iespell.com/

Karamazov said,

Dude, this isn't Counter Strike.

Boom, headshot!

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

If they released a version of IE9 for Mac then I'd be interested in giving it a try. I've not really touched IE since it hit version 7.