Sinofsky on IE9, Windows Live, and more (Q&A)

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Although he wasn’t on stage for the launch of the Internet Explorer 9 beta yesterday, Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky was paying close attention to the product’s release and to initial public reaction.

It’s a sign of just how important the browser has become to the overall success of Windows. By any measure–and Microsoft does plenty of research–Web browsing is one of the main things that people do with their computers. Although Internet Explorer still is the most used browser, it has been ceding share in recent years to Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers…