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2.3 Million Downloads Of IE9 Within 24 Hours

Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 browser received 2.3 million downloads within 24 hours of its launch, the company has revealed.

According to a post on the Windows Team Blog, the company said that the web browser had been downloaded 2.3 million times in the 24 hours after its Monday launch.

The statistics can be broken down to 27 downloads every second, or over 1600 downloads every minute. However, even the new IE comes nowhere near the record set by Mozilla's Firefox 3 web browser, which received 8 million downloads in its first 24 hours following the launch back in 2009.

“We want to thank everyone around the world for downloading IE9 and the enthusiastic reception. 2.3 million downloads in 24 hours is over double the 1 million downloads we saw of the IE9 Beta and four times that of the IE9 RC over the same time period,” the company said in a statement.

The new Internet Explorer 9 web browser comes with hardware acceleration features and new privacy control options, apart from a new user interface and a host of other functions. The hardware acceleration features in the web browser utilise a system's processor and GPU units to render graphic intensive websites, online games and videos more smooth.