Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate (RC) was released early, according to a Winrumors.com article which includes download links. The software giant had announced they would have an official unveiling on Thursday February 10th, 2011 at an afternoon conference in San Francisco. However, download links for Internet Explorer 9 became active Thursday morning for x64 and x86 versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.
New tracking protection features give enhanced ability for users to block cookies, advertisements, etc. Users can simply make a list of websites they visit that are protected from being tracked by other sites. There are also some aesthetic and usability enhancements which make the browser look flatteringly similar to the Google Chrome interface, signaling a shift in the web browser archetype and intensifying the already competitive landscape of the software industry. Also, it is important to mention that in 2010, Mozilla Firefox was the second most widely used browser in the world, according to StatCounter.com.
Since Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 Beta in September 2010, it has logged more that 20 million downloads. The final version is set to be released in April of this year.
Which browser do you prefer? Have you ever used a browser different from the one you currently use? Thoughts? Leave a comment.