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A SELF-PROCLAIMED 'HUMBLE' Microsoft is excited at hitting the two million downloads mark for its Internet Explorer 9 web browser beta.
Microsoft released the IE9 beta on 15 September and in just a few days it has already hit the big numbers. We reported on its release that at least a few of those downloads are guaranteed to be hackers working on exploits.
A blog post from "humble" Vole Roger Capriotti said the IE9 beta has been an even bigger hit than IE8.
"Last week on the 15th, we released Internet Explorer 9 Beta. The initial reaction has been pretty overwhelming, and we are very humbled by the response our customers have had.
"In first two days, over 2 million people worldwide downloaded IE9 Beta. By comparison, when Internet Explorer 8 Beta launched in August 2008, we had 1.3 million downloads over the first five days."
The IE9 beta has already received some positive press so far thanks to a minimalist UI and new features. Microsoft has fully embraced HTML5 and IE9 even has hardware acceleration. It should also boast better performance, security and enhanced reliability. All music to the ears of hackers who'll be locked in their rooms until they can break it. Which probably won't take long.
Until that happens, the Vole is humbly pleased with its efforts and the general response so far. Capriotti concluded, "All in all, we are encouraged about the very early response to the IE9 release this past week, namely because it signals that the emphasis on making websites shine through Windows is resonating. We are looking forward to more and more partners building great experiences through Internet Explorer 9 to deliver a more beautiful." µ
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