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TOMORROW'S WORLD
15 Mar 2011
MICROSOFT RELEASES INTERNET EXPLORER 9

Microsoft has launched its new web browser, Internet Explorer 9. The product was first released to the public in beta form a little over a year ago, and the company claims that the new program’s speed and security will change users’ perception of the web and even foster the creation of a more “beautiful” internet.

Accompanied by a $10m advertising push, Microsoft hopes that IE9 will help stem the rise of rival browsers such as Google Chrome. Ashley Highfield, UK managing director of Microsoft, said that the release marked “the tipping point for the next generation, high definition internet; it’s a critical component for the next chain of events”.

More than 40 million people have already downloaded the beta version of IE9, giving the product a small percentage share of the global web browser market before it has even officially launched. Microsoft says it has had the highest and fastest adoption rate of any beta product it has ever launched.

Although the company claims that using hardware acceleration makes IE9 a faster browser than any other on offer, Mr Highfield added that the point of the “new web” was the widespread adoption of standards across platforms and programmes. He said more widespread use of the latest programming language, HTML5, would make the web “more beautiful” and easier to access.

The product also, Mr Highfield claimed, marked a resurgence for “web versus apps”.

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