Software major Microsoft has announced the launch of the latest version of its browser with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 9 in 39 languages at an event at the SXSW Interactive conference on Monday, March 14.
In September last year, Microsoft had announced the worldwide beta availability of Windows Internet Explorer 9.
The launch was accompanied by over 70 top websites and global brands that created new experiences to show off the capabilities of the new browser at Beauty of the Web event in San Francisco. (Read: Redefining Beauty of the Web with New Explorer)
According to the company, Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft’s most-downloaded browser beta of all time, with more than 40 million downloads, and it has gained more than 2 percent usage on Windows 7.[ Also Read: IBM Support for 24 Smarter Cities of the World ]
Already over 250 top sites from around the globe are taking advantage of the capabilities in Internet Explorer 9 to deliver differentiated experiences to their customers, with many featured on http://www.BeautyoftheWeb.com. Together, these partners reach more than 1 billion active Internet users on the Web, Microsoft claims.
“The best experience of the Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9,” said Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president, Windows Internet Explorer, at Microsoft.[ Also Read: Saving Kids from the Dangers of Social Networks ]
Internet Explorer 9 is designed to bring sites front and center through Windows 7, enabling a more immersive, more beautiful Web experience, says the company.
Features such as Pinned Sites and Jump List enable people to put their websites directly on the Windows 7 Taskbar, as though they were native applications, and then to quickly and easily perform tasks related to those websites, such as check their inboxes, change the music station, accept friend invitations or see breaking news.[ Also Read: Gizmos to Produce a PC-TV Talk Show ]
In social and information networking, Internet Explorer 9 partners include Facebook, Twitter and WordPress — a blogging platform — in addition to leading professional networks in the U.S., Europe, Russia, Korea and Latin America.
In e-commerce, partners include shopping site, Amazon, auction site, eBay, and leading site in the emergent “daily deals” space, Groupon.
Video and streaming partners include Hulu, Break.com and Dailymotion, and leading Internet radio sites Slacker, Pandora internet radio and Jango.
In addition, partners include top global broadcasters CBC and CTV in Canada, Wat.tv in France, and CNN in the U.S.
News website partners in the U.S. include the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Huffington Post, as well as dozens of leading news sites globally across all major geographies.
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