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2 million users downloaded IE9 RC without any automatic update

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Raw first-week sales numbers are often used to indicate the efficacy of a product's launch. But really, the thing these numbers best represent is the level of user excitement. Today, Microsoft revealed that users were very excited about Internet Explorer 9 RC, which launched last week.

According to Microsoft, IE9 RC was downloaded 2 million times in the six days following its launch. While a big number, it's doubly significant because these were users who actively downloaded the software without a Windows Update auto update, or a system alert telling them an update was available. These users knew the update was there and went out and got it.

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According to Microsoft,... these were users who actively downloaded the software without a Windows Update auto update, or a system alert telling them an update was available. These users knew the update was there and went out and got it.

Absolute rubbish! Marketing drivel! :D

You get prompted to install the !$%*ing thing every time you visit a Microsoft web-page.

Actually -- IE8 & IE9 are somewhat better than their predecessors, but now they have Chrome 9 and Firefox 4 (when it arrives) to compete with and IE is losing major market share to both Chrome and Fx, particularly in Europe.

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Absolute rubbish! Marketing drivel!

Too funny, and absolutely true, the rubbish & drivel part :D

Speaking of rubbish, drivel, and obnoxious... I've become seriously annoyed with the latest IE 'Beautiful' campaign ads that run endlessly (I started using ABP because of this ad) - "enjoy a more beautiful internet". The ads use this and other pretentious "beautiful" cliches, and seem very out of place unless you're prone to fantasy. OK, I injected my opinion here :)

Hasn't IE been one of the most non-compliant browsers to 'beautify' the coding experience with hacks galore, with the displayed result, shall we say - less than 'beautiful'. Have a read of any HTML or CSS books under 'IE Hacks' - hmm, sounds fitting!

So, (for me) this 'internet' business is far from beautiful, rather, it's closer to a cacophony of too many voices all screaming look at me with little to say. Thank you IE, you've made this experience all the more 'beautiful' - welcome to the party, where have you been?

The internet does make getting old drivers a bit easier though, porn is cheaper, if you're hungry, spam is everywhere.

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