updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed March 16, 2011
Internet Explorer 9 hits 2.3m downloads in 24h
Microsoft touted a minor resurgence following the launch of Internet Explorer 9. Team member Ryan Gavin said the browser reached 2.35 million downloads in the first 24 hours of the completed version being online. The number was twice as quick as for the original beta and four times those of the release candidate.
It amounted to about 27 downloads every second, Gavin said for context.
The figure is a high for Internet Explorer but is actually low for the launch of a modern web browser. Apple when it launched Safari 4 in 2009 managed 11 million in three days. At its current rate, Microsoft would reach just 6.9 million despite its much larger shares in browsers and computers. Apple was helped in part by its iTunes link, but Microsoft has also had the option of pushing Internet Explorer through Windows Update.
Microsoft has declined from its past monopoly status in web browsers to have just over half of the market. About a third of its total market share belongs to users who are still running a version of Internet Explorer at least two versions back, and most of those older users are still using IE6 on computers too old to use IE9.
IE9 has nonetheless been welcomed, even by competitors, for being the first version of the browser in its 16-year history to truly honor web standards while also pushing forward with new technologies like HTML5.