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Internet Explorer 9 Beta made its debut earlier this month and was met with warm reception by our customers and partners. As we have talked about previously, one of the ways we measure success for IE is through customers choosing our latest product offerings. This month that means we get to expand our usage share conversation to include the Internet Explorer 9 Beta.
Net Applications’ browser usage share report released today shows IE9 Beta usage share at 0.25% for the two weeks after launch. The tech enthusiast community is observing a notable increase in IE9 activity: LiveSide reported IE9 Beta users accounted for 25% of their reader base, IE9 overtook IE6 users at DownloadSquad, and Network World reported poll results showing 47% of people intend to try IE9 Beta. Additionally, we saw tweets from the likes of Ed Bott who noticed, “Halfway through Day 1 of IE9 availability, 8% of my ZDNet visitors are using the beta. Steady increase all day, higher than IE7.”
Over the past few months we’ve discussed Internet Explorer 8’s prominence worldwide. Following earlier trends, IE8 continued its growth this month, making our browser usage share growth 0.57% for our current offerings (IE8 and IE9) in September. We are pleased to report that customers are choosing more modern browsers, as evident by the continued decline of IE6 and IE7 usage (drops of 0.63% and 0.50% respectively in September according to Net Applications). This is goodness for the industry as a whole.
Two weeks after IE9 Beta launch, we continue to see great reactions from our customers. As of today, IE9 Beta has been downloaded 6 million times, which is two and half times what we saw with IE8 Beta in a similar timeframe. Plus, a great many users are researching and testing the new features in IE9 with over 30 million page views to the Beauty of the Web site.
We look forward to seeing more and more people enjoy a beautiful web with IE9.
Senior Director, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing
Congratulations. I do have one request: can you open up some other feedback channel for IE9, as sending feedback through IE9 is broken on my machine?
Congrats! I'm pleased with the vast number improvements made with IE9.
I have to admit, I'm worried that this big download stat will have folks on the IE9 team thinking they are done baking the UI. Its not done yet and I believe needs to go deeper than it does. There is alot more than could and needs to be done. There are old issues like how Favorites losing their icons. I also think the IE9 team should seriously consider creating a companion application for IE9. One that replaces the Links toolbar in the Windows 7/Vista taskbar. Instead just being a list of bookmarks...it should indicate when new RSS feed items have arrived and provide a way to list these like you can in Favorites bar today. And while they are it, make that taskbar toolbar much more touch friendly than the current Links toolbar.
Here's a comment from Justin Saint-Clair who runs our feedback program for IE9 about how to file feedback if Send Feedback doesn't work :
Thank you for installing the IE9 Beta and helping us to make it better through your feedback!
We have identified an issue with the Send Feedback tool for users of the IE9 Beta on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Vista, and Server 2008 who have also installed the Windows Live Essentials Beta. Enhancements made to the Windows Live Essential Beta prevent the Feedback tool from running – you will receive a message entitled “Please install the Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant” with a link to ”Get the Windows Live ID Sign-In Assistant”. When you try to download and install from the link, it will say you already have a more recent version installed. This issue has been reported by users in Connect, and we will update those bugs as we investigate the issue.
To provide the IE team with your feedback, go directly to the IE Feedback Program on Microsoft Connect (connect.microsoft.com/ie). This is the same location where all entries from the Feedback Tool are logged. You can use it to view, edit, and comment on bugs, and to see the results of our investigation. You need to register on Connect to use the Send Feedback tool and the IE Feedback Program. Registering is a quick and easy process described here: connect.microsoft.com/.../content.aspx. Once registered, you can go directly to the Feedback page (connect.microsoft.com/.../feedback), search for your issue, and submit new feedback if it is not found. The Feedback page has additional information on the process.
Your feedback is very important to us and much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experiences with the IE9 Beta.
Justin Saint Clair
Program Manager, Internet Explorer
the issue remains the same when the final version, released yesterday, of Windows Live Essentials is installed on Windows Seven 64bit >>> the send feedback function in IE9 is a no go. You're still prompted to install Windows Live Essentials. A close issue, unrelated to IE9, appears on my Windows Live profile: I cannot add a trusted PC >>> the error message is again that Windows Live Essentials wouldn't be installed.
@logos I'm looking into whether this is expected behavior.
I'm a very long time Firefox user. you can say from its bearth. And this is my first time to use and ACTUALLY like Internet Explorer.
I have just a few things that I didn't like, and I kid you not, these things should be in IE without a need for an addon or extinsion.
1- You already support reopening closed tabs. So, don't you think it would be even smarter to support saving tabs on exting. I mean what should I do if I want to leave my PC with 6 not yet read tabs from 6 different websites. Is it wise that I have to add each of these 6 websites to the favorites so I can read them later? Or even more important question, Should I do this every time I have 6 tabs open?
2- This might sound like an "Add On" but come on Microsoft, look around you, EVERYTHING now comes with at least a spell checker. I'm not demanding an auto complete feature, just a small spell checker. Otherwise who's gonna save us from the claws of spelling and grammer nazi. Mind you that will even help a spelling and grammer nazi from the embarrassment when they, themselves, miss spell something. Come on MS, look at the big picture here.
3- The last one is a small one. In IE9, I have the option to use my own fonts in websites and that is great. I always use "Segoe UI" as the webpage font and "Consolas" as the plain text font. All that is great. However I don't have a choice between Serf and San-Serf. I would really love the make "Segoe UI" my san-serf an "Palatino" or "Garamond" as my serf font. I want that distinction.
Can you please add that Microsoft? I'm already using it in Firefox.
Why IE9 Has Failed: http://is.gd/fOwY6
1&2. Thanks for the feedback. Be sure to use the in-built Send Feedback tool to submit these so they get into the pipeline for consideration.
3. Have you investigated WOFF : blogs.msdn.com/.../meet-woff-the-standard-web-font-format.aspx ?
The lack of UI customizations kills it for me. IE9 is even more locked down than 8 or 7. If you look back this was and continues to be a major source of contention with IE and Microsoft. IE6 when it comes to the UI was infinitely more user friendly and customizable than 7,8,9. My only statement is simple, unlock the UI give back the ability to customize the UI. Can anyone from Microsoft tell me how it would hurt to give your customers a chioce?