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Windows 7: IE8 Officially Becomes World’s Most-Used Browser

02 Feb 2010   #1

 
IE8 Officially Becomes World’s Most-Used Browser

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This week, Net Applications released their January browser market share report. Their report shows that Internet Explorer 8 is not only the most popular browser on Windows with 27.9% usage share, but that it now has 25.6% of market share across all OS’s on a worldwide-weighted usage share basis (data provided by Net Applications). We launched just less than a year ago, so it’s both humbling and thrilling to see so many people choose our product so quickly – making it the most popular browser of choice worldwide.

There are many reasons people choose which browser to use. Most people want to know and trust the company behind their browser. And people are looking a browser that protects them – and their privacy online. In an August 13th, 2009 post on the IEBlog, we announced Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter had hit over 80 million malware blocks. But that was back in August. As of today, Internet Explorer 8 has done over 350 million malware blocks. You can see Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter in action in this blog post. Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter blocks malware over 2 million times a day.

Phishing is a very serious threat to people browsing the Internet today – a criminal attempt to secure people’s personal information online, generally spread through email directing unsuspecting consumers to fake websites and asking them to enter sensitive information . With Internet Explorer 7, we introduced the Phishing Filter, and have continued to improve on it in Internet Explorer 8. Together, Internet Explorer 7 and 8 have blocked a total of over 125 million phishing sites.

You may have recently heard about organizations including Google recommending that people update their browsers and move off older versions, such as the nearly decade-old Internet Explorer 6.  Think about what technology and the Internet were like in the year 2000 – and consider how they’ve evolved since then. In 2000, “phishing” was something that happened at the lake, not online. There was no social networking, no RSS feeds, and no real blogs. It was a different time – and people’s browsing needs were different. Today’s Internet calls for more.

We support this recommendation to move off Internet Explorer 6. Modern browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 bring benefits for customers and developers alike. We realize there are some customers today who depend on Internet Explorer 6, and while we continue to support them through the lifecycle of the product, we are also investing in the tools and training to help them upgrade as well.


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02 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

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There are many reasons people choose which browser to use. Most people want to know and trust the company behind their browser. And people are looking a browser that protects them – and their privacy online.
Most people just use the browser that comes with their computer.... IE8...

This would explain those ratings.

~Lordbob
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02 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta
 
 

I'm a Chrome user myself, but when I first installed 7 and was forced to use IE, I must say I wasn't disappointed. We can all agree IE7 sucked, so this was a surprise for me.

-pâłž
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03 Feb 2010   #4

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by palz View Post
I'm a Chrome user myself, but when I first installed 7 and was forced to use IE, I must say I wasn't disappointed. We can all agree IE7 sucked, so this was a surprise for me.

-pâłž
Not that much of a suprise, most users go with whatevers installed, so IE would be the most popular choice, and most users would upgrade when the auto update said to. Most coorporate users are on IE so again no suprise there.
Also a lot of regular users are afraid to jump of the MS merry go round as they are worried about viruses that lurk out there, totaly oblivious to the fact that most of theese threats activley target IE and MS vulnerabilities!
I'm guessing that it only people like us who, may not be experts, but are a bit more PC savvy, that know the options available if we don't want to use IE. I'm on FFox personally, really couldn't get used to chrome.
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03 Feb 2010   #5

 

IE only gets the most use because the clueless masses out there don't know there's anything better out there.
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03 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
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There are many reasons people choose which browser to use. Most people want to know and trust the company behind their browser. And people are looking a browser that protects them – and their privacy online.
Most people just use the browser that comes with their computer.... IE8...

This would explain those ratings.

~Lordbob
IE8 usually only comes with a computer that has Windows 7 pre-installed, and as much as we love 7, I don't think it's up that far yet in terms of market share.
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03 Feb 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
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There are many reasons people choose which browser to use. Most people want to know and trust the company behind their browser. And people are looking a browser that protects them – and their privacy online.
Most people just use the browser that comes with their computer.... IE8...

This would explain those ratings.

~Lordbob
you got that 100% right. i only use ie8 if i have no other choice. pages that open instantly in fifefox can take several minutes in ie. as far as i am concerned i might as be running ie5 instead of ie8.
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03 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
 
 

they ruined firefox with the start up time. I used to use it but i now use IE8 and safari. chrome is ok but a bit basic.
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03 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

I'm a Maxthon2 user, and that uses the IE engine with icing.

FF user since 2.x, and recent Chrome user (for Facebook only).

IE has been getting better and better, so that it now offers a lot of the same security that its rivals claim to do. IE8 has been a real revelation in regard to friendliness and security; with IE7Pro, it is definitely in the running again.

I have stopped using FF entirely, because I see that with every new version it has become slower and slower. One of the main advantages that FF offered me was that it could disregard ISP-imposed DL limits, but that is not the case with the last few versions, so I see no reason to stick with it at all.

Besides, Max2 offers a lot of what FF claims to, the difference being that Max2 does it all out of the box (DL manager, Ad/popup blocking, etc) while FF requires me to download an addon/extensions for each of those and a variety of other functions built into Max2.

Max2 over IE8 is doing everything I need and doing it fine, so I will not fix what is not broken.
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03 Feb 2010   #10

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

Since I put Win 7 on my computer I have used FF, Chrome, Opera...and have returned to IE 8 every time a little diappointed of the hype associated with wth others. I DO NOT just use email and look at pictures. I USE the internet to the fullest and I am VERY satisfied with IE8 now that I have LEARNED how to teak and use it. BUT...I use a 32 bit OS and 32 bit browser. A little slower, may be, than 64 perhaps but ROCK SOLID!
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