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.

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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.

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