Microsoft's new stance: IE9 won't require Windows 7 Service Pack 1

By , Network World |  Software, ie9

"When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 RTM installed, additional operating system components are included as part of the installation of Internet Explorer 9," Microsoft says. "When you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 SP1 installed, these additional components are already present with Windows 7 SP1, and do not need to be reinstalled when you install Internet Explorer 9. For this reason, a system reboot is not required when you install Internet Explorer 9 on a system that has Windows 7 SP1 installed."

Microsoft's IE9 FAQ says enterprises should not wait for IE9 to deploy Windows 7. Instead, they should move forward with Windows 7 deployments with Internet Explorer 8 and upgrade to IE9 when it is ready.

Windows 7 deployments are happening rapidly, with market share now at nearly 16%, ahead of the market share for Windows Vista. However, Windows XP is still the most widely used operating system, with nearly 61% of the market.Microsoft also has the most widely used browser, with 60% of users on Internet Explorer, according to Net Applications.

However, Microsoft has steadily lost share to Firefox and Google Chrome. With IE9, Microsoft takes advantage of HTML5 to provide faster Web surfing.

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