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Internet Explorer 9 went gold on Monday and Redmond is already mighty pleased with the enthusiasm that has greeted the release of the latest version of what is still, technically speaking, the world’s most popular browser. According to Microsoft, IE9 was downloaded 2.35 million times during the 24 hours following its release, which translates to “over 27 downloads every second, or over 240 downloads every 9 seconds.”
Think IE9’s showing was impressive? Here is how some other browsers fared in their first 24 hours.
Firefox 3.0: The launch of the browser on June 17, 2008 was dubbed “Downloads Day 2008” by Mozilla. It turned out to be a marketing coup of sorts as the browser set a new world record for the most software downloads in 24 hours with 8 million first-day downloads.
Firefox 3.6: The last major release of Mozilla’s popular browser was downloaded 4.5 million times.
Opera 11: Launched just a week before last Christmas, Opera 11 raced to 6.7 million downloads on its very first day.
Safari 4: Apple recorded 11 million Safari 4 downloads within the first three days of its release in June, 2009.
Chrome: The release of the very first version of Google’s web browser in September, 2008 was a resounding success as it managed to capture roughly 1% of the browser market on the very first day despite being restricted to Windows XP back then.
What are your thoughts on IE9: A truly modern browser or a bit too little, too late?