Microsoft: over 2 million IE9 beta downloads

Last week Microsoft unveiled their Internet Explorer 9 beta to the world, showing off the tremendous power behind the totally revamped web browser. Loaded with features and improvements, Internet Explorer 9 showed that Microsoft still knows how to come out on top, and put on a good show on while doing it too.

Today, Microsoft announced in a press release, that they had over two million downloads of Internet Explorer 9, in just two days. Not only did Internet Explorer 9 surpass its predecessor, which had 1.3 million downloads over the course of a five-day period, but it even beat the Firefox 4 beta downloads, which managed to achieve just over 100,000 in a single day. However, Internet Explorer 9 did not beat spreadfirefox day, a special event held by Mozilla back in 2008 when they launched Firefox 3, managing to have over 8 million downloads in a single day, earning the a place in the Guinness World Records.

Furthermore, Microsoft mentioned that they had over 9 million visits and 26 million pages views on the Beauty of the Web website since it's launch last Wednesday.

Don't forget to checkout our very own benchmark of Internet Explorer 9 beta against Chrome, Safari, Opera and Firefox.

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I'm using it as my primary browser. Overall I'm pleased, but there are some drawbacks to it (it is beta afterall), such as the seemingly incomplete UI, and the occasional bug (sometimes I can't focus on text boxes, or pages will just come up white).

I have encountered some issues with lightbox images display. IE9 returns lightbox links in a page instead of its box.
A part from this issue, using IE9 is absolutely good, fast. Facebook, myspace, twitter and all the sites I usually visit have no surfing problem at all.
When I have some "issue" and I read the code behind by watching the html source I always (always) see unproper coding for some browsers (specifically Firefox and chrome).
It's funny to see that web developers are now designing code exactly as they use to do with IE6. When I'll hear them screaming about non-standard IE I promise I'll scream at them.

jporter said,
I'd like a feature like the new Chrome / Mozilla builds that syncs your bookmarks/link bar

If you use the Windows Live Sync (soon to be renamed Windows Live Mesh) and sync the Programs settings for Internet Explorer, you will get your favorites synced to all the computers you have Live Sync/Mesh installed on. It syncs all of your customized settings for MS Office as well. But I agree, that you should have IE specific solution for this.

6205 said,
New rendering engine in not enought. UI is horrible. I can't stand it.

I think the new UI is pleasant. It gets rid of the ugly that was IE7 and IE8. It is of course a matter of taste. Most users seem to prefer the Chrome look these days.

Sadly I had to uninstall it from my main machine due to images in my online school system not appearing. I'll load it in a VM soon though. I know its beta, but the rollback works incredibly well!

I can't wait to see the next beta and can only hope that the IE team is able to respond half as quickly as the Google Chrome team does.

With Safari also going into extensions, IE9 need some free and good utility add-ons.

I'm with Maxthon 2 at the moment.
Also keeping an eye on ChromePlus.

Will still stick with Chrome and Firefox for two reasons: AdBlock and XMarks w/password sync. Plus. Chrome and Firefox is available under Linux. IE9 will never be available under Linux.

thenonhacker said,

But, but... All Years Are The Years of the Linux Desktop!!! Right? Right? /s

So, a person is not entitled to an opinion because of market share dynamics.? Seriously?

I would just love a solution for jumplists on IE 9 x64. They work great in the 32 bit version, but not so much in the 64 bit. I am not sure how many other individuals are having this problem.

chago12 said,
anyone having trouble with google image results on ie9?

I do. The browser only loads the first page and grey boxes for the rest.

chago12 said,
anyone having trouble with google image results on ie9?

I do. The browser only loads the first page and grey boxes for the rest.

generko said,

I do. The browser only loads the first page and grey boxes for the rest.

This also happens on Firefox. It's a Google Images Bug. Google has a crappy imitation of Bing's Inifini-Scroll Images.

IE9 has been a pleasant experience so far.

The big question for me though, is whether the IE team will realize that a two year development and release cycle doesn't cut it in the browser wars. In a way, IE9's main weakness is the same that Vista suffered. Too modern, too many changes, too unfamiliar for users. Will Joe Public discover that you can toggle the Back/Forward history by dragging down on each button? Will he wonder where the status bar and menubars went? Will the misterpowerusers of the internet realize that the shortened URL bar makes sense, because no one types in URLs longer than 50 characters, and no one really cares what is beyond the news/ portion of the address on this page?

I think we'll get some groaning about these changes from people that do things a certain way only because that's what they're familar with...and these people make up 95% of the online world.

Joe Public clicks the back button eight times to go back eight pages, and will enter his search terms and URLs into whichever text box has focus when loading the browser. I know Joe Public, and once you set a search engine as his homepage and show him where the bookmarks and print buttons are, he's all set. He will not discover, he will not wonder, and he will not realize because the computer is a tool deserving of little more fascination than a set of locking pliers. All he wants is it to be efficient, simple, and reliable.

It's not wrong - it's just a different mindset which the folks at Apple and Google have shown a strong understanding of. Of course, Microsoft is continuing to show their ability to implement others' good ideas in their own products.

This is good. Even if I am not a IE user, this is good, it will allow to redefine the web a little bit more and aim to high quality websites instead of crappy fixes and tons of wasted time for browser compatibility. Kudos to MS.

This was also timed perfectly to coincide with Adobe release of 64 bit flash player.. I have now been using 64 bit flash on 64 bit IE for a week now and have not had any issues...

Uninstalled IE 9. Cannot render one of my favorite websites. And feedback is useless. I am not authorized!. Will re-install when final comes out next year. I still prefer Firefox and Chrome, since they are "Dual Platform". I use both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04.

jedimasterk said,
Uninstalled IE 9. Cannot render one of my favorite websites. And feedback is useless. I am not authorized!. Will re-install when final comes out next year. I still prefer Firefox and Chrome, since they are "Dual Platform". I use both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04.

Did you try using compatibility view?

jedimasterk said,
Uninstalled IE 9. Cannot render one of my favorite websites. And feedback is useless. I am not authorized!. Will re-install when final comes out next year. I still prefer Firefox and Chrome, since they are "Dual Platform". I use both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04.

Facebook works fine here. And you can use Compatibility View for Website using Non-Standards Compliant code.

If everyone upgrades to IE9, the web developers will be glad to use Standards-Compliant code!

jedimasterk said,
Uninstalled IE 9. Cannot render one of my favorite websites. And feedback is useless. I am not authorized!. Will re-install when final comes out next year. I still prefer Firefox and Chrome, since they are "Dual Platform". I use both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04.

You can access the MS Connect site directly by going to: http connect.microsoft .com. There you can submit your Feedback directly without going through the browser.
Best,
Rick
IE Outreach Team

jedimasterk said,
And feedback is useless. I am not authorized!.

That is because you have to sign up via MS Conect to send feedback, click the link below the note about not being authorized.

"Loaded with features and improvements, Internet Explorer 9 showed that Microsoft still knows how to come out on top, and put on a good show on while doing it too."

On top of what?

COKid said,
"Loaded with features and improvements, Internet Explorer 9 showed that Microsoft still knows how to come out on top, and put on a good show on while doing it too."

On top of what?

the browser wars

LaCydic said,

the browser wars


The browser wars for Windows Vista/7. Which is around 30% of the market according to Net Applications. All the rest are fighting out for the near-100%.

Northgrove said,

The browser wars for Windows Vista/7. Which is around 30% of the market according to Net Applications. All the rest are fighting out for the near-100%.

Like corporates who are still running IE6 is going to care.

omnicoder said,
I've been really liking IE9 so far, switched from Firefox and haven't had any regrets. Can't wait for the final version.

It would be cool to build a computer install Windows 7 get your windows updates and never have to think about alternative software. Mac users sort of had this luxury for the most part with just sticking to Safari for most of their needs, it'll be refreshing to see a browser good enough for most power users by default.

omnicoder said,
I've been really liking IE9 so far, switched from Firefox and haven't had any regrets. Can't wait for the final version.

I might just switch myself if they add the option to default the x64 version in the final release. Currently, though, I'm quite content with Chromium's latest trunk.

Sonic. said,

It would be cool to build a computer install Windows 7 get your windows updates and never have to think about alternative software. Mac users sort of had this luxury for the most part with just sticking to Safari for most of their needs, it'll be refreshing to see a browser good enough for most power users by default.

That is the best part of Windows. The numerous options that are given so we don't have to put up with crappy default options (not that the IE9 beta is weak). However, without competition from Mozilla, Google and Apple - Microsoft might still be sitting at IE version 6.

omnicoder said,
I've been really liking IE9 so far, switched from Firefox and haven't had any regrets. Can't wait for the final version.

Same here. I have been using IE9 as my default browser and so far I like what I see. Definitely out-performed Firefox.

omnicoder said,
I've been really liking IE9 so far, switched from Firefox and haven't had any regrets. Can't wait for the final version.

Too buggy for use. I'd like to use it but it's not ready. Plus I've got theses extensions in Firefox...

day2die said,
And for all those who are saying that IE9 is buggy, do you have SP1 install? Microsoft said that IE9 performed poorly under SP1 beta.
I've not noticed any issues with IE9 on mine yet, but thanks for the info regarding SP1 just in case I do

omnicoder said,
I've been really liking IE9 so far, switched from Firefox and haven't had any regrets. Can't wait for the final version.

I envy you -- I still can't complete move away from Firefox because of the useful plugins I depend on. Maybe if IE9 will have the same plugin substitutes I need, then I can make a full switch.

thenonhacker said,

I envy you -- I still can't complete move away from Firefox because of the useful plugins I depend on. Maybe if IE9 will have the same plugin substitutes I need, then I can make a full switch.

I read that a lot here, but when I experimented with Chrome and Firefox, I found plug-ins to be kludgy and mostly useless and clutter up a broswer. Just out of curiousity, what are some of the ones you are dependent on?

I prefer ActiveX myself.

Sonic. said,

It would be cool to build a computer install Windows 7 get your windows updates and never have to think about alternative software. Mac users sort of had this luxury for the most part with just sticking to Safari for most of their needs, it'll be refreshing to see a browser good enough for most power users by default.

In theory this does happen. However in the Windows world the corporate requirements rule a lot of the 'provided' software and subsuquent updates, this makes it hard for MS to shove stuff down the throats of users. In the past updates to even things like Mail Apps have cause people to complain, and thus many of the supplemental applications are now not even installed by default.

If Apple had to worry about more corporate customers, they wouldn't be able to through out XYZ replaces YXZ either.