SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has announced that its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser has been downloaded over two million times in 24 hours.
Microsoft released IE9 earlier this week with much fanfare at the South by Southwest conference in Texas, hoping that the browser would reverse the firm's fortunes against rival products from Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera. Microsoft claims that users have downloaded IE9 more than 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its release.
The Vole's latest iteration of Internet Explorer has received generally favourable reviews. Microsoft is banking heavily on IE9 reclaiming the market share it has lost to its rivals, in particular Google and Mozilla.
While Google has been rapidly updating its Chrome web browser, the biggest browser release of 2011 will likely be Mozilla's Firefox 4. The Mozilla Foundation revealed the first Firefox 4 release candidate last week, though it has announced no firm date on when Firefox 4 will hit general release.
Microsoft's 2.35 million downloads of IE9 might be lower than the 8 million plus that Firefox 3 managed when it was released, but unlike Mozilla's browser, IE9 is available for only Windows Vista and Windows 7 users.
No doubt the Vole will be trumpeting much larger download figures for its latest Internet Exploder after 21 March when it starts pushing the browser through its Windows Update channel.
The real battle for Microsoft will begin when Mozilla finally releases Firefox 4, which shouldn't be too long. µ
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