Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 arrives, but not for XP

The training wheels have come off of the latest version of , as unleashes version 9 of the world’s most heavily used browser this at an event at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. (download after 9 p.m. PT) debuts to the public not only as the fastest, most standards-compliant version of IE yet, but also as one that can stand up and compete on features and looks with Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and the browser. Along with IE’s new features, though, Microsoft has a message for XP users: hurry up and upgrade to Windows 7 already.

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