IE9 RC hits two million downloads milestone

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Microsoft's latest browser is proving popular as the software giant has confirmed that the release candidate (RC) of IE9 has surpassed two million downloads.

The IE9 RC was set free just last week, showcasing new features such as tracking protection and enhanced abilities elsewhere including tweaks to the way websites can be pinned to the task bar.

"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," Roger Capriotti, Microsoft's director of Internet Explorer product marketing, said in a blog post.

"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!"

While the browser is proving a hit in terms of download numbers, others aren't so keen. This week, a Mozilla technical evangelist poured cold water on the browser's HTML5 claims among other things.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.