Microsoft Launches Internet Explorer 9

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Tech
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Internet Explorer 9 lets your websites shine by putting the focus on the site, not the browser.

Microsoft launches the latest version of the world’s most-used browser with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 9. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft’s most-downloaded browser beta of all time, with more than 40 million downloads, and it has already gained more than 2 percent usage on Windows 7. Already more than 250 top sites from around the globe are taking advantage of the capabilities in Internet Explorer 9 to deliver differentiated experiences to their customers, with many featured on Together, these partners reach more than 1 billion active Internet users on the Web.

“The best experience of the Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9,” said John Bessey, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines. “Today, the Web can unlock the power and performance of the best PC hardware through Windows and Internet Explorer 9. Websites also can act more like applications within Windows 7, with features such as Pinned Sites. In less than a year, Internet Explorer 9 went from early preview to final release with the help of hardware partners and the Web community.”

Top Sites and Designers Take Advantage of Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 9 is designed to bring sites front and center through Windows 7, enabling a more immersive, more beautiful Web experience. Features such as Pinned Sites and JumpList enable people to put their websites directly on the Windows 7 Taskbar, as though they were native applications, and then to quickly and easily perform tasks related to those websites, such as check their inbox, change the music station, accept a friend invitation or see breaking news.

In addition to 250 top sites, more than 1,000 other sites and designers are taking advantage of these new features with Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7. These sites include not only the largest sites on the Web, such as Facebook and Amazon, but also leading experiences from across the Web and the world.
· In social and information networking, Internet Explorer 9 partners include category leaders such as Facebook, Twitter and WordPress — the No. 1 global blogging platform — in addition to leading professional networks in the U.S., Europe, Russia, Korea and Latin America.
· In e-commerce, partners include the leading worldwide shopping site, Amazon, and the No. 1 worldwide auction site, eBay
· News website partners in the U.S. include the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Huffington Post, as well as dozens of leading news sites globally across all major geographies.

Internet Explorer 9 FishIE Tank demo showing hardware acceleration

“What people care about on the Web is their sites, not their browser. That’s why Internet Explorer 9 is about making those sites shine. The browser is the theater and the sites people visit are the play, and that is what Internet Explorer 9 makes better — your favorite sites,” said Mae Moreno, Windows Client Product Manager, Microsoft Philippines.

Fast Is Now Beautiful: Internet Explorer 9 With Hardware Acceleration
The new version of Internet Explorer takes advantage of the power of modern Windows PC hardware to improve all-around Web browsing performance. The only browser with fully hardware-accelerated HTML5, Internet Explorer 9 harnesses the power of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), unlocking 90 percent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by Web browsers.

Developers can now build faster, more immersive websites that feel like native applications using interoperable HTML5 or by using plug-ins such as Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight, both of which will take advantage of the hardware acceleration in Internet Explorer 9 in their next versions.

“The improved features of Internet Explorer 9 opens the gateway to a faster, more enhanced Web experience, allowing users to consume data very easily,” explains Allan Mangune, Chief Executive Officer, Taughtworks, Inc.

“In website development, our goal is to create a site that caters to different specific needs, is easy to manage, and efficiently carries out a clear message to the target audience. Internet Explorer 9 taps into the power of the computer and builds on HTML5, bringing out the beauty of the Web while focusing on the content at the same time. We are incredibly excited to take advantage of this latest technology and see how consumers can now experience their favorite sites re-imagined and accelerated. It’s a whole new web,” added Mangune.

Improving Privacy and Security Online
Because the Web is increasingly less secure and private, Internet Explorer 9 is designed to be the most trusted browser because it contains a robust set of built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies that keep customers safer online.

In December, Microsoft introduced Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 9, which puts people in control of what data they are sharing as they move around the Web, by enabling consumers to indicate what websites they’d prefer not to exchange information with. Consumers do this by adding Tracking Protection Lists to Internet Explorer 9, and partners such as PrivacyChoice, TRUSTe, Abine and Adblock Plus have already published these lists.

Malware is now the No. 1 risk to people’s security online, and Internet Explorer 9 provides the first Download Manager with integrated SmartScreen malware protection. The browser also introduces SmartScreen download reputation, a groundbreaking browser feature that uses reputation data to remove unnecessary warnings for well-known files and show more severe warnings when the download has a higher risk of being malicious. Studies show that Internet Explorer 9 blocks 99 percent of socially engineered malware attacks, five times more than Firefox and 33 times more than Chrome.

Raise Expectations for a Better Web
Partners from around the world are re-imaging their websites using the capabilities of Windows and Internet Explorer 9, creating new experiences that make the Web feel as native as PC applications. The result is a more beautiful Web experience.

For more information in Internet Explorer 9, visit

  1. binarybase says:

    IE9 looks pretty good. Thanks for the information.

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