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Windows 7: Internet Explorer Usage Climbs to a Six Month High

02 Apr 2012   #1
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Internet Explorer Usage Climbs to a Six Month High

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For the past few years, it looked like Microsoft's Internet Explorer was well on its way to being usurped by spunky fan favorites. Early on it was Mozilla's Firefox that presented the biggest threat to IE's reign in the browser market, but more recently it's been Google's shiny Chrome browser that appeared to be on its way to the top, perhaps taking the lead this year. But then a funny thing happened. IE's share started to rise while Chrome's has been eroding.
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03 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Most folks who aren't too tech swavy usually use IE but that's not always true. I seem to use Firefox almost all the time but at times will use IE to use my download manger. I've tried to get my parents to use firefox and my dad loved it but once they update the interface he didn't like it any more. He loves IE now because of the book marking, the google toolbar"which was disabled in firefox another reseaon he dislikes it now" and simplicity of the browser. Any ways I believe it is the most used due to the majority of everyday users usually using IE. I never really liked chrome to much due to its interface, it just bothers me to use it. My personal choice is firefox, have been using it for years and I love it.
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03 Apr 2012   #3

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I wonder if the stats are slightly skewed by all the people trying out Win 8 who haven't gotten around to finding an alternative browser that works.
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03 Apr 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I haven't had any browsers that don't work in Win8 CP.

Mostly using the underdog, Opera, now.
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03 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I use ie. I don't think it is that bad, except when it locks up which it will do from time to time.
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11 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 8 64 bit PRO
 
 

I personally enjoy using IE9, I see nothing wrong with it. It doesn't hang up as much as Firefox is doing recently. Also firefox was a hasle to go to task manager WAY too often and end the process.

I also enjoy bing bar, a quick glance at Facebook, get a small notification when there is a breaking news, and easily check weather and upcoming weather. All without leaving the page
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12 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

The only thing I use Chrome for is bookmark syncing and spell check, which will be solved once I can install Live Mesh on the school computers and use Sparkie.
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15 Apr 2012   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by M1GU31 View Post
I've tried to get my parents to use firefox and my dad loved it but once they update the interface he didn't like it any more.
I agree with him. I used Firefox for about 5/6 years, then v4 came out with the same look as Opera and I dropped it. I've been using Internet Explorer 9 since the Beta, and though it doesn't render a lot of things properly and a few things don't work at all, it's great.
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15 Apr 2012   #9

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
I'm not surprised about IE coming back (But don't forget those stats probably include W8 CP which a lot of people are testing as a previous poster pointed out).

Also with people collecting more and more information from the web and downloading into spreadsheets only IE has a sensible Automated Web Query <=====> Excel interface. People often forget that Browsers are used within OTHER applications too.

Firefox itself is now so over bloated and to set decent options you need a Doctorate in Computer Science to use it efficiently.

MS's original idea of incorporating the Browser into the OS itself was originally the correct strategy -- Politicians etc skuppered that one. It's actually the BEST way --security in the browser can then be linked to the OS kernel simply - but what do Politicians know about writing "OS'es". !!

Another misconception about "Fast" and "Slow" browsers -- the main elements are the Internet Connection speed and the Web site itself. Having loads of "Addins" especially if they are dynamically loaded at run time doesn't help either.

When (and if) the cloud gets reasonable established the main OS interface will be the browser in any case.

If 10 million people are trying to access the same site at the same time the "Speed" of your browser will be irrelevant in any case.

As far as other browsers are concerned --- Been there seen it done it !! and have always ditched them in favour of IE.

Only IE9 seemed to be a bit of a "dodgy" one. IE10 on W8 CP Preview (Normal version / Not Metro) runs fine as does IE8 on Windows 7. (They may have fixed IE9 by now in any case - I might try IE9 again --but I tend to use W8 CP a lot now rather than Windows 7 -- not because Windows 7 is no good --it's great --I just want to try out the new system and see how it works (or not) as the case may be. - So far it's fine.

Cheers
jimbo
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15 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'm using IE9 and have done since it was released to market.

Apart from the very occasional "IE9 has encounterd a problem and needs to close" message, I've had no problems at all and get on well with it.
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