Microsoft IE9 Release Candidate Launched

Software giant Microsoft has unveiled the release candidate for its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 web browser.

The web browser, which has been downloaded 25 millions times during its beta testing phase, comes with a host of new features, like HTML 5 support, hardware acceleration and tighter piracy controls for a safer browsing experience.

With IE9, Microsoft is hoping to win back some of the web browser market share it lost to Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome web browser. According to web analytics firm net Applications, Internet explorer's market share dropped 6 per cent over the last year to finish at a historic low of 56 per cent in January.

In a statement to BBC News: “This release is one that is playing catch up [on past releases], but it leapfrogs everything and now you see the other folks on the back foot trying to catch up with us. With this release you are seeing innovation after innovation that other folks are catching up to.”

"With this release you are seeing innovation after innovation that other folks are catching up to. Hardware acceleration was something no one was talking about until we did it. No one else was talking about privacy and tracking until we did it."