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Microsoft's IE9 Gets a Workout on Windows 7

Out with the old, in with the new. Microsoft has been trying to get Windows XP diehards to upgrade to the newer Windows 7 operating and a recent report indicates some progress is being made on that front.

As Datamation reports, the latest Net Applications survey shows most of those testing Microsoft's new IE9 browser (currently in beta release), are running Windows 7. IE9 also works on Windows 7's predecessor, Vista, but not on XP. While XP is still the most widely-installed operating system globally, the research firm calculates XP has finally slipped below a 60 percent share of the market.

October was a topsy-turvy month for Microsoft -- both for its browsers as well as its operating systems, according to the latest figures from Web analytics firm Net Applications. The report also has a few surprises.

For instance, Net Applications revealed that, of the 10 million people who have downloaded and are using Internet Explorer 9 Beta in the past six weeks, the vast majority of them are running Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) beta browser on Windows 7.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Most IE9 Testers Are Running the Beta on Windows 7