On its release day March 15th, statistics released now show Internet Explorer 9 notched up 2.3 million downloads, which on first impression would seem an impressive figure.Yet when you start comparing it to other browsers first day scores, the number soon starts to lose a little of its shine.
For instance, on the launch day of Firefox 3 way back in 2008, it was downloaded over 8 million times, and currently still holds the record for a piece of software on launch day. This was shortly following by Firefox 3.5 with an impressive 5 million downloads. But will any browser be able to come close to these figures in todays Internet?
The web of course if a different place in 2011 than it was back in 2008 and browsers such as Google’s Chrome didn’t exist. But it would be interesting to see just how many of the 2.3 million IE9 downloads will actually be used on a daily basis as the users default browser. I know I was one of the 2.3 million that downloaded Microsoft’s new browser, but unfortunately IE9 will only be used for testing sites and research and development on my machines, rather than a default browser used on a daily basis.
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