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IE9 RTW and Developer Contest!


At 11:00 CST tonight, heralded with much fanfare at Austin’s annual South by Southwest Interactive, Microsoft released the final bits for Internet Explorer 9! In honor of #9, here are 9 facts you might not know about IE9:

  1. IE9 is the fastest adopted beta in IE browser history.  With over 40M downloads and a usage share on Windows 7 well over 2% globally, IE9 adoption has more than surpassed expectations.
  2. IE9 is enterprise ready.  IE9 has the highest LOB compatibility pass rate of any product in Microsoft’s history –  99% – coupled with one of the lowest IE helpdesk contact rates (number of helpdesk calls/number of installs) to date (data is based on Microsoft’s own internal “dogfood” testing).  And for our customers, IE9 is ready to go with their Windows 7 deployments.
  3. IE9 has the fastest JavaScript engine in the industry.  Script is one of many factors in performance. On a commonly used micro-benchmark, IE9’s improved JavaScript performance now holds the top spot in the industry, an improvement of almost 18 times from IE8.
  4. IE9 is the only fully hardware-accelerated browser.  All graphics, video and text in IE9 are hardware-accelerated.  We re-architected IE9 to take full advantage of the Windows PC.  IE9 was the first to introduce this concept and other browsers have been scrambling to catch-up.  See the difference for yourself.
  5. IE9 treats your favorite sites like apps.  The site is the center of attention in IE9’s new frame.  When you pin a site to the taskbar, your experience is even better.  Over 250 of the world’s top sites have already taken advantage of Jump Lists, notifications, and thumbnail previews to make their sites more app-like.  Web site publishers are seeing close to a 50% increase in engagement from their IE9 customers through pinned sites. 
  6. IE9 protects against 99% of socially-engineered malware.  Malware is the #1 threat on the internet today.  With Microsoft SmartScreen and the new SmartScreen application reputation feature in IE9, no other browser comes close in protecting consumers from these real-world threats.  IE9 is 33 times better than Chrome and over 5 times better than Firefox. 
  7. IE9 is the only browser with integrated online tracking protection for consumers.   Microsoft changed the browser and industry landscape with the introduction of IE9’s Tracking Protection, providing the only built-in browser solution protecting consumers today.
  8. IE9 is leading with site-ready HTML5 support.  IE9 is all in when it comes to delivering developers new standards-based capabilities with HTML5.   Microsoft co-chairs the W3C HTML5 working group and during the IE9 release has contributed almost 6000 test cases to the W3C and international standards bodies.  Currently, IE9 has the best conformance with W3C HTML5.
  9. IE9 has had the strongest press in IE history:   Here is a small sample of what reviewers are saying:


I’ve been using IE since the first internal betas were announced (remember those without any chrome at all?) and I’ve been VERY happy with performance, feature and reliability. I know you will too.

Download the final version of IE9 today!

Windows© Internet Explorer 9

But wait – there’s more!

If you’re a web developer, as I expect most of you are, Microsoft is running a developer contest!  Push HTML5 to its limits and compete for over $40,000 in prizes. The Grand Prize winner will receive $9,000 in cash and a fully-loaded trip with a Golden Ticket to the Future of Web Apps Conference in Las Vegas on June 27th.

Find out more and enter today at

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