Will the latest version of IE hold Firefox and others at bay?
Microsoft has announced that its latest weapon in the browser wars is ready for people all around the world to take for a spin. Internet Explorer 9 has officially launched. IE is still the most popular browser on the web even though other browsers are now growing faster than IE is.
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Microsoft offers IE 9 in 39 different languages and announced the launch at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Microsoft says that 250 of the top sites around the web are already taking advantage of the new capabilities in IE 9 to offer different experiences to users.
"The best experience of the Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9," said Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president, Windows Internet Explorer, at Microsoft. "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."
Some of the global partners for the launch include Facebook, Twitter, Word Press, Hulu, Break.com, and Groupon among others. "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 Ryan Gavin, senior director, Windows Internet Explorer, at Microsoft.
IE 9 takes advantage of the GPU inside the computer to improve browsing performance. Microsoft says that the new browser taps into the 90% of PC power that went unused by their browsers. This power allows the developers of sites to build more graphically intensive apps into their sites.
"The next-generation Web is here today with Internet Explorer 9, accelerated by AMD's incredible computing platforms — our award-winning AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units with DirectX 11-capable graphics and AMD Rade on graphics cards," said John Taylor, director of Client Product and Software Marketing, AMD. "The next generation is defined by immersive gaming, rich video and fast, compelling, application-like experiences, validating the fact that GPU compute power and the ability to remove barriers between the CPU and GPU are highly relevant to the day-to-day computing performance that consumers expect and demand."
The new browser also has integrated security and privacy settings to make it safer and more trusted. IE9 also uses Tracking Protection that allows the user to control the data they share as they surf around the web. The browser also offers protection from malware and other nefarious software. You can download IE9 right now.