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IE9 beta hits 15 million downloads, but Google Chrome cuts into Microsoft share

Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 15 million times by Windows 7 and Vista users since the beta was unveiled 10 weeks ago, Microsoft said Wednesday.

IE9 was downloaded 2 million times in the first 48 hours it was available, and 13 million more times since then, although it still commands less than half of a percent of the worldwide market for Web browsers. The 15 million downloads represent 0.38% of the world’s total browser usage, and just a fraction of the 240 million or so Windows 7 users (IE9 is available only on Vista and Windows 7)…

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