The IE9 beta site itself has received more than nine million visitors. By contrast, only 1.3 million users downloaded Internet Explorer 8 in its first two days of availability.
The new version fixes a number of bugs, including one that affects the display pages here on www.eogn.com. It also shows a simpler, more streamlined user interface and reportedly runs faster than version 8.
However, the new Internet Explorer version 9 does not and never will work with the nine-year-old Windows XP operating system that Microsoft describes as "obsolete." I am sure many Windows users will disagree with the word "obsolete," but Microsoft seems to hold the upper hand here. The plan is for Internet Explorer version 9 to only work with Vista and Windows 7.
My suggestion: all Windows XP users should switch to Firefox or Chrome or Opera in order to gain better speed (especially if you switch to Chrome), more security, and better compatibility.
Internet Explorer version 9 beta 1 is now available at http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/