IE9 download rush ‘overwhelming’ says Microsoft

According to a Microsoft blog there has been a massive rush to download the latest version of the Internet Explorer browser, IE9.

A week after the browser beta was released Microsoft’s Roger Capriotti took to the blogosphere to enthuse about the sheer volume of users already enjoying its update and to highlight its many new features. He also appeared to be pointing developers and designers in the direction of refresh and redesign.

“Last week on the 15th, we released Internet Explorer 9 Beta. The initial reaction has been pretty overwhelming, and we are very humbled by the response our customers have had. In first two days, over 2 million people worldwide downloaded IE9 Beta”.

In comparison, he added, “when Internet Explorer 8 Beta launched in August 2008, we had 1.3 million downloads over the first five days. We’ve seen 9 million visits and over 26 million page views to the Beauty of the Web site since its release last week, and our developer-focused IE Test Drive Site has had 4 million page views since last Wednesday.”

Web pages, the Test Drive and Beauty of the Web, are designed to show off the developer capabilities of the browser and the richness of content that it allows.

“Of course, as we talked about last week, the emphasis isn’t the browser; it’s the sites we all love to visit getting richer and better experiences enabled by IE9”, said Capriotti with an eye on developers everywhere.

“We are encouraged about the very early response to the IE9 release this past week, namely because it signals that the emphasis on making websites shine through Windows is resonating.”

Source: netbenefit

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