After a year-long wait, Microsoft has finally released the final and stable RTM version of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). IE 9 final with the build version number of 9.00.8112.16421.110308-0330 is now available as a free download in 39 languages both for 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
According to Microsoft, the Beta and RC builds of IE9 were downloaded by a vast majority of people, with a total of over 36 million times since its initial availability on September 15, 2010. And So far, it has got positive feedback.
The new IE9 adds several new features and includes many enhancements in order to compete in the competitive web browser market. Here are the top reasons why you should upgrade to it today.
- IE9 is all-around fast — hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics speed up performance and make websites perform like programs that are installed on your computer.
- Streamlined and simplified design — gives you the basic controls you need and puts the focus on your websites.
- One-click access to your favorite sites — with Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open your browser first.
- A combined search and Address bar — one place to either navigate to a website or start a search.
- Redesigned New Tab page — now you have quick access to the sites you visit most often, and you can also reopen closed tabs or your last browsing session, or start an InPrivate Browsing session.
- Integration with Windows 7 — with Snap, Pinned Sites, Jump Lists, and thumbnail preview controls, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 bring you the best web experience for Windows.
- Improved add-on management — Add-on Performance Advisor tells you if an add-on is slowing down your browser and allows you to disable or remove it, helping ensure that your browser stays fast over time.
- Helps control your privacy — Tracking Protection enables you to limit the browser’s communication with certain websites to help keep your information private.
- Keeps your downloads in order — Download Manager keeps a running list of the files you download from the Internet, notifies you if a file could be malicious, and allows you to pause and restart a download.
Read the points below before proceeding:
- Installing IE9 on Windows Vista or Windows 7 will automatically replace and remove the existing installation of IE7, IE8, IE9 Beta or IE9 RC. IE9 and IE8 or IE7 does not co-exist concurrently. So, for users who want to use IE7 or IE8, do not upgrade to IE9.
- Uninstall IE9 should automatically rollback to IE7 or IE8.
- IE9 is available for Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 (SP1 optional), Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 optional).
Direct Download Links for Standalone Offline Installer of IE9:
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86 English Full Installer): IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64 English Full Installer): IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (x86 English Full Installer): IE9-WindowsVista-x86-enu.exe
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (x64 English Full Installer): IE9-WindowsVista-x64-enu.exe
You may also visit this page to download a appropriate language and Windows version of IE9 for your PC. However, IE9 is not available for Windows XP 32 bit and 64 bit users, as Microsoft chose not to develop Windows XP version of the IE9. You may just download IE 8 instead, which is best suited for Windows XP[Download link for IE8].
Microsoft has also updated the IE9 product guide/manual which gives detailed information about the new features in IE9 which will help you in getting started and easily understand most of the new features in IE9.
Internet Explorer 9 Product Guide [PDF]: InternetExplorer9ProductGuide.pdf 28 MB
Internet Explorer 9 Product Guide [XPS]: InternetExplorer9ProductGuide.xps 8.6 MB