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IE9 Released: 'Beautiful' and Fast

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ser arrives after seven platform previews, one beta and one RC almost exactly one year after the release of the first platform preview in march of 2010 - and almost exactly two years after the release of IE8.  

IE9 comes with a chromified user interface that is much less intrusive that the traditional IE8 UI, several new security features such as a download smart screen filter for the download manager as well as tracking protection. Of course, there is also the new Chakra JavaScript engine which is very competitive in most JavaScript tests as well as hardware acceleration support. IE9 is not the first final browser to offer this feature (that honor goes to Chrome 10), but it is mostly because of Microsoft's force behind this feature that we are seeing hardware acceleration in today's modern browsers.    

The downside of IE9 is the fact that it is only supported by Windows Vista SP2 and higher - with a special focus on Windows 7. If you run Windows XP, you are stuck with IE8, or, if you follow Mozilla's Asa Dotzler, you can always use Firefox 4. That browser is, by the way, now scheduled for a March 22 release.

You can download the browser here:

Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7 32bit
Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7 64bit
Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Vista 32bit
Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Vista 64bit