On the heals of the news that Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 2.35 million times in a 24-hour period, the Internet Explorer team has notified the world, through Twitter, that Microsoft plans to push Internet Explorer 9 to Windows 7 and Vista users through Windows Update on March 21st. The update will be labeled as “Important” and is no surprise considering that the Internet Explorer team had previously announced that users with the release candidate would be upgraded automatically once IE9 hit final.
Internet Explorer 9 finally sheds the awful label that some previous versions had as being incompatible, bloated, insecure and slow. In my own unscientific tests, I’ve noticed a huge step-up from IE8 and when compared to versions like IE6, it’s in a different universe altogether. Although an often maligned group, the IE team should be proud of their accomplishments and to the disdain of a few notable tech blogs (which I’ll not name) they most certainly can be proud of this version.
Internet Explorer may still not be the greatest browser or even a favourable browser choice to many users, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for a company that has been ceding market share for so long. So if you’ve been meaning to give IE9 a spin, you can download here or wait until the Windows Update March 21st rollout.