If you are one of the handfuls left using the Internet Explorer browser from Microsoft, then it is time to update your browser to the latest version. Microsoft has launched the finished version of its Internet Explorer 9 web browser.
The company said IE9’s graphics handling, security and privacy features put it on an even footing with Firefox, Chrome, Safari and others. The release comes as Microsoft’s browser market share is being whittled down by a growing roster of rivals.
Competition is also coming from non-browser traffic generated by mobile phones and tablets. Microsoft said one key feature in IE9 was tools to stop people being tracked as they move from site to site. This information is often gathered by commercial firms to tailor ads to the specific habits of web users.
In addition, said Microsoft, separate tools in IE9 keep an eye on downloads so they can spot when viruses and trojans try to sneak onto a computer.
IE9 also has hardware acceleration built in so it can call on the power of a PC’s graphics card to display sites in more detail.
The launch comes at a critical time for Microsoft as, one survey suggests, its Internet Explorer browser is suffering a long-term decline.