By Marcus Leach

Computing giants Microsoft have launched the latest version of the world’s most-used browser with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 9 at the SXSW Interactive conference.

The latest version of Internet Explorer, which is available in 39 languages, is Microsoft’s most downloaded browser beta of all time with over 40 million downloads to date. This is already a two per cent rise on Windows 7.

“The best experience of the Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 9,” Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Windows Internet Explorer at Microsoft, said.

“Today, the Web can unlock power and performance of the best PC hardware through Windows and Internet Explorer 9. Websites also can act more like applications within Windows 7, with features such as Pinned Sites. In less than a year Internet Explorer 9 went from early preview to final release with the help of hardware partners and the Web community.”

Internet Explorer 9 is designed to bring sites front and center through Windows 7, enabling a more immersive Web experience. Ket features such as Pinned Sites and Jump List enable users to put their websites directly on the Windows 7 task bar as though they were native applications, and then to quickly and easily perform tasks related to those websites.

In addition to 250 top sites, more than 1,000 other sites and designers are taking advantage of these new features with Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7. These sites include not only the largest sites on the Web, such as Facebook and Amazon, but also leading experiences from across the Web and the world.