Microsoft has heralded an "overwhelming" response to the launch in beta of its Internet Explorer 9 browser, claiming that two million customers downloaded the app in the first two days alone.
In a blog post, Microsoft's Roger Capriotti linked to various glowing first-looks reviews of the product, saying that in comparison, IE8 had just 1.3 million downloads over the first five days.
IE9, which was launched last week in beta, contains new features such as Pinned Sites, which lets users pin a web site directly to the taskbar, hang protection to further isolate tabs from each other, and trusted downloads to combat malware.
The user interface has been designed to look as minimalist as possible, and there are supposed performance and reliability improvements as well as HTML5 and CSS3 support, which will please developers.
At least, that's what I've been told. IE9 actually crashed my laptop when I tried to download it to see what all the fuss was about. It is now caught up in an endless cycle of trying to start up and failing, trying to open a new tab, failing, closing it down and trying to open a new one again.
I can't even uninstall it as it doesn't appear to be technically installed yet, although it is installed enough to block any attempts to re-install IE8. Shame.
Chrome, on the other hand, downloaded first time and is running faster and more smoothly than any other browser I've used. Its Omnibox is a great feature, removing the need for a separate search box, while the general uncluttered UI allows for much more screen space devoted to the sites I'm actually visiting.
It may all end in tears when I discover just how much of my privacy I've signed away, but, sorry Microsoft, IE9, quite literally, doesn't even come close.
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