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Internet Explorer 9: From corporate memo to beta

Just days after launching Internet Explorer 8 in March 2009, Microsoft’s Dean Hachamovitch wrote a memo about what the company really needed to do with the next version of its browser.

“A browser is only as good as the underlying operating system,” the head of the IE team said in an e-mail to his staff and others at Microsoft. “We have amazing opportunities to differentiate IE because of the underlying strengths of Windows. Our broad opportunity is making Windows the best place to experience the web.”

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