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IE9 downloads hit 2.3m in first day, still trail Safari 4

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000


    Yeah I downloaded it

    But only because IE8 was such utter cr4p.

  1. Herod

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007



    is that actually downloads or shipped numbers?

  1. Joe05

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    Joined: Nov 2010



    How many times has all the versions of IE9 been downloaded since the first available public beta up until now? I think 26-30 million times at least a few months ago.

    I wouldn't brag about safari as a challenger to IE9, Google Chrome and Firefox are much bigger players than Safari, I don't even use Safari on my Mac, it's Chrome all the way on OSX.

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Long downhill run

    IE6 was not bad.
    IE7 was awful
    IE8 was better than 7 so my company went to it due to the better security but we tell users not to use it. We use FF by default
    IE9, well from the screenshots they've made it even harder to figure out how the H311 to doo anything.

    MS just doesn't seem to understand how to make a decent browser.

    Oh and Joe05:
    We do not support Chrome. I've been instructed by the administration around here (I'm in IT) that if a user has a question about Chrome we don't support it and I'm expressly forbidden from even trying. Not sure why but this came down from the top.

  1. tonewheel

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    Joined: May 1999


    So what....

    I have every major browser on my Mac Pro, yet only use two of them.

  1. Foxypaco

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    If Microsoft was smart...

    They'd make a version of IE9 for Mac and Linux. But they're not, so they won't.

  1. chas_m



    Too little too late

    Although I cheer the news that MS is finally getting around to honouring REAL web standards instead of trying to impose their own so much, I think the memo has gone out -- if you're on a PC and have any brains at all, use something other than IE.

    The market is fickle of course and could swing back if IE 9 is really a huge improvement, but I just have a lot of doubt that MS can actually pull that off. We'll see, I guess.

    My philosophy is that when you've had 16 years to get it right and you never did, getting it right finally isn't going to save you -- I'll have moved on to somebody that got it right ages ago.

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