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Windows 7: IE9 beta not enough to keep IE market share over 60% mark


02 Oct 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
IE9 beta not enough to keep IE market share over 60% mark

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2010 will be remembered as the year when Chrome took off despite Microsoft's attempts to hold on to its shrinking browser market share. It looks like Internet Explorer's two months of market share gains were an aberration. Other trends are continuing as before: Firefox is steady between 20 and 25 percent share, Chrome is steadily moving forward, and Safari trudges onward. Opera, meanwhile, is still hanging on to the leftover scraps. Everyone but Microsoft saw at least a modest market share gain in September.

Between August and September, Internet Explorer dropped 0.75 percent, a drop bigger than the last three months. Firefox, meanwhile, went up a mere 0.03 percent. Chrome gained 0.46 percent, making it the biggest winner this month. Safari was up 0.11 percent and Opera grabbed another 0.02 percent.

IE has managed to fall back below the 60 percent mark. At 59.65 percent, this is the lowest point for the Microsoft browser. This drop comes despite the overwhelming monthly gains of IE8 and the release of the Internet Explorer 9 beta right in the middle of September. Microsoft told Ars that the beta has been downloaded 6 million times in the last two weeks. Nevertheless, this translates to a mere 0.25 percent of the whole market for those two weeks, and when looking at the whole month of August, it's only 0.10 percent. We might see more progress in October.

Unfortunately for Web developers everywhere, IE6 (15.55 percent) continues to be more popular than IE7 (10.39 percent), though this month its share declined more than its successor. IE6's share can be attributed to businesses still using customized intranet applications, and XP's much bigger installed base compared to Vista's (especially in developing countries). We expect that IE7 will drop below the 10 percent mark next month, while IE6 may finally fall under 15 percent.
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02 Oct 2010   #2
marsmimar

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Once IE9 comes out of beta the market share will most likely improve. It's a bit disheartening to see over 15% of the market is still using IE6 considering all the vulnerabilities.
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02 Oct 2010   #3
sandman

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am using the IE 9 beta on a W7 64 bit system and i am getting used to it no crashes and it pretty fast. New download manager plus a add link to start menu feature plus some other new search features, like google search from within URL bar.
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02 Oct 2010   #4
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Nice to see IE down
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02 Oct 2010   #5
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

It may help when the final version comes out because the IE9 beta is simply terrible, crashing,locking up, copy and paste is simply horrible, and the flash player functionality is a joke, so many things I see wrong with this beta it's just unreal.
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02 Oct 2010   #6
Boastree

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

The problem with IE9, and MS should consider changing this, is that I know ALOT of people that WILL NOT give up XP until support stops on it. IE9/MS is going to lose some points there.
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02 Oct 2010   #7
Klaw117

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boastree View Post
The problem with IE9, and MS should consider changing this, is that I know ALOT of people that WILL NOT give up XP until support stops on it. IE9/MS is going to lose some points there.
Microsoft posted a timetable of Windows XP's support lifecycle. They can't just suddenly change when to stop supporting XP; it would make them look bad.
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02 Oct 2010   #8
madtownidiot

 

I would bet most of the IE6 market is due to large enterprises that can't use IE7 or later
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02 Oct 2010   #9
RedSpeedy

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

For me is just Firefox.

IE wish you down...
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04 Oct 2010   #10
Boastree

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

What I meant Klaw is that they should consider IE9 for XP.
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