Following 2 million downloads milestone on September 21st, Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 9 Beta has now been downloaded more than 6 million times over the period of two weeks.
Furthermore, due to highly anticipated release, the Beauty of the Web site received over 30 million page views.
I want to follow up to let you know that the TechNet FAQ has been updated to provide further clarification about requirements for Internet Explorer 9. Internet Explorer 9 will work on Windows 7 RTW and Windows 7 SP1. When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 RTM installed, additional operating system components are included as part of the installation of Internet Explorer 9. Those “additional operating system components” will be part of Windows 7 SP1. Either way, this will be a seamless process for the user. Just wanted to make sure you had the latest.
With such statement, there is still a hope to see Internet Explorer 9 Final by the end of this year.
If no Windows XP support for was not enough, then here is another bit: according to Microsoft’s technet site, Internet Explorer 9 will require Windows 7 users to install SP1 before even using a web browser.
That explains why IE9 setup insisted on downloading 4 OS hotfixes and requiring a reboot, as a result.
Also, since Windows 7 SP1 is due in the first half of 2011, don’t expect Internet Explorer 9 Final anytime sooner.
According to Microsoft, with the recent Internet Explorer 9 Beta release, browser was already downloaded more than 2 million times over the period of two days. Considering overall hype, those numbers do look okay.
In comparison, IE8 Beta was downloaded only 1.3 million times and it took them five days to do so.
If you have Reddit account already and want to provide some constructive criticism, head over to the following page and share your IE9 experience.
The installation took way too much time for a browser.
I didn’t like the fact a complete reboot is needed to use IE
That blank space over the tabs is useless.
Search field and tabs should not be on the same row.
The wait is almost over. Today, Microsoft will reveal everyone’s anticipated, Internet Explorer 9 web browser.
Can’t make it to San Francisco? Well, worry no more. You can tune in into the live webcast on Wednesday, 10:30am PST and experience “the beauty of the web” event for yourself.
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There seem to be a lot of buzz about the recently “leaked” IE9 video. If you have yet to see it, check the video above.
What boggles my mind is the fact that quite a few tech sites consider it to be real and already discussing “how clean the UI is”. Seriously, people?
P.S. Boy oh boy, what if this video turns out to be a real thing and IE9 is actually that bad…