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Just a few days after its public availability, customers have already downloaded Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate two million times and taken it for a spin. As you may have seen on our engineering blog, current IE9 Beta users will be prompted to download RC via Windows Update this month. However, even as these prompts are starting to kick into gear, we have had two million user-initiated downloads of IE9 RC. We continue to be humbled by the enthusiasm and uptake of IE9.
Early testers are already experiencing the beauty of the web across their favorite websites – and enjoying one-click access to a site-centric browsing experience by pinning their sites directly to their Windows 7 taskbar. We’re encouraged by this early response and urge you to download IE9 RC today and let us know your thoughts!
To download and learn more, please visit: www.beautyoftheweb.com.
Roger Capriotti Director, Internet Explorer Product Marketing
IE9 RC is very good indeed and already my default browser (mainly for security reasons: UAC+Protected mode), but I'm sure you can make it even better: read this link people.mozilla.com/.../ie9
@hexaae - Thanks - happy you like IE9 RC. On the link below, here's a discussion from our developer team on another way to think about it: blogs.msdn.com/.../a-modern-browser.aspx.
no idea what happened, I use to run IE9 beta because it was low on resource to watch some online videos, it still is with the RC, but some videos just don't launch anymore, an example with this site (streaming/ live or not) http://www.canalplus.fr/ or http://www.itele.fr/ . Same videos play fine with Firefox and Chrome but no need to say that IE9 hardware acceleration performs better, so I'd rather keep using IE9, at least for that. Thanks.
But you MUST make IE9 work on Windows XP! Even if it requires SP3.
The single biggest problem deterring adoption and developers is market-penetration.
The excuse about the nature of the OS is lame -- I remember IE4, it changed the OS. It may not be as easy to provide IE9 on XP, but it is worth while, in fact it is essential.
I'm finding the text, particularly on MSN homepage, is fuzzy in IE9 on Win7-64 compared to IE8 on Win7 or Vista. I've tried various sizes and the compatibility switch but nothing seems to improve the quality to an acceptable level.
IE9 RC is indeed very good but I just want to know what is Microsoft's deal with squares and rectangles. I love the browser overall but the UI is horrible IMO. I am sure with all of these individuals working on the browser that they can come up with a better design.