"Pinning and jump lists make sites site more app-like," said Gavin. "Even with the explosion of apps in the last couple of years and all the apps on devices, the Web is the number one interactive mechanism. But the Web has trailed behind the app experience."
According to Gavin, more than 40 million copies of IE9's beta and release candidate, or "RC," had been downloaded by users prior to Monday, a number he said was a record for a Microsoft browser preview.
"We've been humbled by the adoption of IE9," Gavin said.
Microsoft posted IE9 to its download servers at 9 p.m. PT Monday. The download, which weighs in between 17MB and 35MB -- the 64-bit versions for Vista and Windows 7 are larger -- is available from the company's Internet Explorer site .
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