IE9 released

Internet Explorer 9 has been released today. I didn’t have much success with the beta, it froze and crashed every time I opened it, so I canned it quite quickly. Beta testing can often be a bit fraught so I’m not holding any residual concerns for the newly released IE9. I’m sure I’ll test it later today and post my results.

Curiously the report on news.com.au stressed that the program was being released for free. As apposed to what? I wondered. IE8? Chrome? Opera? Safari? Here is a piece of their  report:

MICROSOFT has released the latest version of its Internet Explorer web browsing software free in a bid to fend off recent challenges by Firefox and Google Chrome.

“IE9 has just released around the world,” a booming voice told a cheering crowd at 11pm on Monday (4pm AEDT today) in the Austin City Limits Live concert hall where a launch party was being held.

Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) was available for download in 30 languages at beautyoftheweb.com.

“Things are about to change,” Microsoft corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch said just hours earlier at a press conference at the South By Southwest Interactive technology festival here.

“We took a dramatically different tack,” he continued. “It’s a really good day for the web.

A good day for the web. That’s my favorite quote. I’m sure the web can hardly wait.

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