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Microsoft's IE9 provides a browsing experience that even Chrome and Firefox users may find compelling.
It's no secret Microsoft's (MSFT) browser lost ground as savvy Internet users ditched Internet Explorer for the faster, more modern Google (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. But Microsoft has a real competitor once again with IE9, released at midnight Monday night on Windows 7 and Vista after several months of beta testing. The focus is on speed, privacy and simplicity, with a stripped-down interface, tracking protection, pinned sites, jump lists and enhanced support for HTML5.