IE9 Growth on Windows 7

Microsoft released a Blog post today called: IE9 Top Browser on Windows 7 and Other Highlights from 2011

To get the numbers out-of-the-way, Microsoft predicts that Internet Explorer 9 will land, by year-end, at the 25.6% mark on Windows 7 globally. That puts it well within striking distance to overtake Internet Explorer 8 as the top browser on Windows 7.

As usual, Internet Explorer 9’s numbers are stronger in the United States than abroad. The browser controls over 30% of Windows 7 market share in the US, essentially tied with Internet Explorer 8, and is set to overtake it in days.

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Marc Liron – Ex-Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)
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Internet Explorer 9 Launches

Windows Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) is now the current version of the Internet Explorer web browser from Microsoft, as it was released to the public last night.

Features include:

# Improved JavaScript performance

# Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

# Hardware-accelerated graphics rendering using Direct2D

# Hardware-accelerated text rendering using DirectWrite

# Hardware-accelerated video rendering using Media Foundation

# High fidelity printing powered by the XML Paper Specification (XPS) print pipeline.

# Also supports the HTML5 video and audio tags and the Web Open Font Format.

The system requirements for Internet Explorer 9 are Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 with the Platform Update. Windows XP and earlier are not supported.

Internet Explorer 9 is the last version of Internet Explorer to be supported on Windows Vista; Internet Explorer 10 will only be supported on Windows 7 and later. Both 32-bit and 64-bit builds are available.

For more information and to download – click here

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Marc Liron – Ex-Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)
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Second Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9

When Microsoft started planning IE9, they recognized the need for a close relationship with the Web developer community.

So, on the 15th March 2010, Microsoft released the first IE9 Platform Preview for developers to review the changes/new technologies etc coming in the new browser.

At that initial announcement Microsoft stated they were committed to updating the IE9 Preview approximately every eight weeks. So today they are releasing the second Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9.

Please Note:

The Internet Explorer Platform Preview is NOT a full web browser. It’s intended to give Web developers an early look at the Web platform technology coming in the next release of Internet Explorer. To distinguish it from a full browser, it is called a platform preview.

Here are the links:

Demo:  http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

FAQs:  http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/info/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/Default.html

IE9 Blog:  http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/

Simply download and install the Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9 and when it runs it will take you back to the download page where you can test out the various elements on the page.

Enjoy!

Kind Regards

Marc Liron – Microsoft MVP