Microsoft Corp. released a near-final version of Internet Explorer 9 on Thursday, saying the updates make the Web browser even better at tapping into a computer's powerful processors to help multimedia-laden websites load and run faster.
IE9 is a free download that works for Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers. It’s not compatible with Windows XP.
With IE9, Microsoft followed the visual lead of Google Inc.’s Chrome browser. IE9 has far fewer buttons, icons and toolbars filling the screen, leaving more room for the contents of Web pages. It mimics some features in Windows 7, the newest PC operating software from Microsoft, in that it lets people “pin” individual websites to the taskbar at the bottom of the PC screen to make permanent one-click shortcuts.