Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 browser
Friday, March 18, 2011
At 9:00 p.m. PDT Monday (0400 UTC Tuesday),rolled out the first stable Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) release, available in 39 languages, for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Internet Explorer is the most used web browser, responsible for 56% of webpage hits. The new version adds support for new technologies with relation to the specification and several feature changes. The browser was released as a beta with a campaign promoting the benefits of HTML5.
It includes support for SVG and the HTML5 canvas, audio, and video tags. It has a failing Acid3 score of 95/100, below Mozilla Firefox 4.0's 97/100, rating and the 100/100 in Google Chrome 10. The program is the first of its series not to run on Microsoft. It includes a redesigned layout of the address bar and the ability to pin sites to the taskbar on , along with several minor improvements.
The browser received mixed reviews. "IE9 as a Consumer Browser — Not Worth It," Jason Mick,, concluded. A study by on Tuesday showed that IE9's Tracking Protection Lists, an optional anti-tracking feature, may mislead users. "We're disappointed with the way these lists work, and feel consumers who install multiple lists could be left with a false sense of security." Dr. Rob Reid, Which? Policy senior advisor, said.
In a more positive review, areviewer said that the positives of the new browser outweighed the negatives, and it is "a major improvement over its predecessor."
The announcement comes after the company launched a campaign to getusage down to 1%. Microsoft delayed the Japanese release "to reduce load on network bandwidth at such a critical time" with reference to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan this past Friday.
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