Microsoft Overwhelmed by Initial Response to IE9 Beta

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Microsoft says it's overwhelmed and humbled by the initial response to Internet Explorer 9 Beta. It has released some figures to quantify the “early customer enthusiasm.” According to the Redmond-based company, IE9 Beta had been downloaded over two million times by the end of the second day. Internet Explorer 8 Beta, which was launched in August, 2008, pales in comparison as it could only garner 1.3 million downloads in the first five days.

Microsoft's Roger Capriotti cited other encouraging statistics while writing on the Windows Team Blog: “We’ve seen 9 million visits and over 26 million page views to the Beauty of the Web site since its release last week, and our developer-focused IE Test Drive Site has had 4 million page views since last Wednesday.”

“All in all, we are encouraged about the very early response to the IE9 release this past week, namely because it signals that the emphasis on making websites shine through Windows is resonating.  We are looking forward to more and more partners building great experiences through Internet Explorer 9 to deliver a more beautiful web,” Capriotti wrote in a blog post.

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