Internet Explorer 9 to be delivered as Important Windows Update

Microsoft is planning to push Internet Explorer 9 as an Important Windows Update to existing beta and RC users on March 21. The update will also be offered as Important to normal Windows users. Microsoft revealed that Internet Explorer 9 RTW has been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours of availability. Internet Explorer 9 was released to the web on Monday March 14 and has clocked up 27 downloads per second, over 250 downloads every 10 seconds. Microsoft revealed earlier this month that users have downloaded 36 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 since its beta release in September.

It was already confirmed earlier by Microsoft’s head of Internet Explorer, Dean Hachamovitch, that Microsoft will upgrade RC users to the final build. “We will automatically update IE9 beta users to the IE9 RC. After the final release, we will automatically update IE9 RC users to the final build,” said Hachamovitch.

Internet Explorer 9 includes an enhanced minimalistic user interface with HTML5 support, hardware accelerated browsing and some great security improvements. Tracking Protection is included in IE 9. The new privacy feature allows consumers to address their concerns about being tracked on the web. Internet Explorer 9 offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers. Tracking protection involves lists that can be published online. Another security enhancement is the ability to block ActiveX controls. IE 9 includes an “ActiveX filter” option that allows users to switch off ActiveX elements within their session. Other improvement includes improved tabbing and site pinning.

We have covered some handy IE 9 keyboard shortcuts published by Microsoft earlier. These keyboard shortcuts will help users use IE9 faster. We also covered the release of IE9 product guide (manual) by Microsoft in the same article. The guide gives detailed information about the new features in IE9, will help you in getting started and easily understand most of the useful features in IE9.

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