IE 9 download number hits 20 million, and RC to be released on Jan 28?

On the first day of new year, Internet Explorer Product Marketing Director Roger Capriotti shares some exciting numbers about IE 9 and previous versions of IE. According to his post on the official blog, IE 9 Beta has been downloaded 20 million times since launch in September.

This also means that IE 9 Beta took 3.5 months to get to 0.46% of internet users worldwide, according to Net Applications. Of course, Roger quoted some other figures about IE world from the latest market share data from Net Applications:

At end of 2009, IE 6 and IE7 accounted for 38.51% of internet users, while IE8 had 24.15% of users worldwide.  Fast forward twelve months later, IE6 and IE7 have shed over 40% of users and now only account for 22.98% of users worldwide – with IE6 hitting an all-time low of 13.81%.  IE8 usage on the other hand has increased by almost 40% during the same time.  Combined with the near half-percent of users of newly introduced IE9 Beta, the modern Internet Explorer browsers now account for 34.07% of users worldwide according to Net Applications.

IE 9 download number hits 20 million, and RC to be released on Jan 28?

And thanks to the tips from Mynetx and sp3ciali5t, the lastest rumor is that IE 9 RC is planned to be available on January 28th. We also expect the final release on/around MIX ’11.

Anyway, Happy New Year! 吐舌笑脸