Microsoft: 3.6% of Windows 7 Users Browse with IE9
Article by George Norman
On 04 Apr 2011
In a blog post dated April 1st, Senior Director with Internet Explorer Business and Marketing Ryan Gavin announced that 3.6% of all Windows 7 users out there are now surfing the web with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser, which was rolled out to the public as a final, stable version on the 14th of March. The release of IE9 was a big success for Microsoft; in the first 24 hours the browser was downloaded more than 2.3 million times.

If you think that Ryan Gavin was pulling a prank on you, you would be wrong. Several big name companies pulled an April Fools prank as we’ve reported in The Big April Fools Coverage, but not Microsoft and definitely not when it comes to IE9.


Getting back to the topic at hand, IE9’s share on Windows 7 reached 3.6% for the month of March, according to Net Application’s latest data. Most IE9 downloads came from non-IE9 RC or Beta users; and to be more precise, 90% of IE9 downloads came from non-IE9 RC or Beta users. A quarter of IE9 downloads came from Chrome and Firefox users. It must be mentioned here that Microsoft will not roll out IE9 on Windows Update until the end of June.

“The combination of IE9 and Windows 7 with the PC creates the best experience for users of the web and the developers and designers that create those sites. The adoption rate of IE9 is about five times higher then what we saw for Internet Explorer 8 in the same time frame,” commented Ryan Gavin.

If you’re on Windows 7 and you didn’t get IE9, you can get it now and enjoy the functionality it has to offer. The browser comes with a fresh user interface, lets you pin websites to the Windows 7 taskbar, has a faster JavaScript engine, supports HTML5, lets you block all ActiveX content and then selectively activate it on a per-site basis, and features do not track feature called Tracking Protection Lists that works much like the “Do Not Call” telephone registry and enables users to control how their information is shared.

So if you would like to get IE9, you can grab it straight from Microsoft

Tags: Microsoft, IE9, Internet Explorer 9
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