Microsoft has said the latest version of its internet explorer web browser puts it ahead of competitors like Google and Firefox.
The software giant, which is losing market share, made the bold claim as it unveiled what is known as the release candidate of IE9.
Privacy and speed are being highlighted as two of the features that set IE9 apart. Microsoft said that this latest version of IE9 is faster than the beta by 35%, making it faster than any browser currently available.
Also new is expanded support for HTML5 and what is known as other "future-web" technologies. These include support for a geolocation feature and HTML5 semantic tags. These features are largely present in other browsers.
IE9 is a free download that works Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers. It's not compatible with Windows XP.
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