Adoption rate of IE9 is 'about five times higher than IE8'

Microsoft has recently taken the wrapping paper off of IE9 and released it to the world for public consumption. The browser offers many new features and a revamped user interface that has been receiving generally positive reception from its end users.

Naturally, Microsoft has been quite pleased with the growth and adoption rate that the browser has been receiving. Currently IE9 holds 3.6% usage share on Windows 7 and is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, Microsoft states on their blog:

According to Net Applications’ latest data, worldwide, IE9 share on Windows 7 reached 3.6% for the month of March. The combination of IE9 and Windows 7 with the PC creates the best experience for users of the web and the developers and designers that create those sites. The adoption rate of IE9 is about five times higher then what we saw for Internet Explorer 8 in the same time frame.

For Microsoft, IE9 is their latest browser to combat market share loss at the expense of Chrome and Firefox. If user reactions are anything to judge the future success of the platform on, it looks like Microsoft has produced a solid browser for the marketplace. Of course, any browser must face the test of time, and with Firefox 4 recently released, Microsoft is not the only kid on the block with a new browser.

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This is a late reply to this thread, but after having used IE9 now since its final version, this thing is so buggy its unbelievable. Exepct Microsoft to lose big in the browser wars once people start seeing how buggy it really is.

In a 9 Month window I've gone from FF (for years) -> Chrome -> Now planning to go IE9 this summer.

IE9 is just fit for purpose, it's not clunky and it has everything I want. Chrome had it all before but I ALWAYS resented the immediate impact of Google mining my data, where i could search for something once and then every advert would change in seconds. THAT is just creepy.

I don't get it, ie9 should have been included in SP1 for windows 7, i find it to be a "big update" for the default windows 7 user experience "out of the box", not only that but the adoption rate would have been more widespread, and considering the default ie8 experience with modern web content, that would be a great thing.

RvXtm said,
I don't get it, ie9 should have been included in SP1 for windows 7, i find it to be a "big update" for the default windows 7 user experience "out of the box", not only that but the adoption rate would have been more widespread, and considering the default ie8 experience with modern web content, that would be a great thing.

They aren't allowed to. Due to competitive laws. Hence why they can't roll it out via Windows update anymore. Stupid EU and it's anti-competitive laws.

Alansonit said,

They aren't allowed to. Due to competitive laws. Hence why they can't roll it out via Windows update anymore. Stupid EU and it's anti-competitive laws.

Actually, they can and do roll it out via Windows Update but it is not a mandatory update.

I never really minded IE8 as compared to IE7, but IE9 rocks!

It's my default browser. IE always has been, but that is for only when opening external links, and then, not always.

I use 3 other browsers also, so which ever one I feel like clicking on, I click it! It just became default, by default!!

I use it most of the time now. I just use Chrome for some sites I want in my start menu but not pinned to the taskbar and I use FF4 for Xfinity videos. IE9 the video playback is very slow and choppy for some reason. I used to use Chrome for it but now it cycles through page reloads, idky.

Some sites are really taking advantage of the pin to taskbar feature. Hulu is offering 1 month of Hulu Plus for Windows 7 users who pin it.

eilegz said,
i like the performance if ie9 but the interface really sucks

The interface has a few quriks . For one the Favourites button is way out of place ,but I don't mind as I can search favourites from the address bar anyway.
What I hate is the constant jumping of UI elements all over the place.
1. Tabs bar jumps to a single line with the address bar in fullscreen mode
2. Favourites bar jumps from to left when you pin it.
3. The Home button jumps to left when a site is pinned to the taskbar

And the IE team says "Won't Fix"

Subject Delta said,

Haha, the editing is so bad that you can still see the blue of the title bar behind the back button.
Yeah, my µApril's Fools joke for today...

Gutierrez said,
yea, it was downloaded 5 times

These are usage statistics (that as far as I know) are scraped from website visits. Nothing to do with download count.

Pretty happy with Chrome. I just haven't found a proper adblocker yet.

Is IE9 better than Chrome? Would it be worth the switch?

Ently said,
Pretty happy with Chrome. I just haven't found a proper adblocker yet.

Is IE9 better than Chrome? Would it be worth the switch?

With todays next-gen browsers (IE9, Fx4, Chrome10) it's pretty hard to say "it is better", simply because feature wise they are all very similar. At the end of the day, it really comes down to user preference. My friends use various browsers like Opera, Chrome, Firefox but you simply can't say "this one is better, use that" (zealots excluded), no browser is winner amongst us, so you simply end up respecting their personal preference.

not surprised by this. i've tried IE9 and really prefer it over the others now, but I'm missing sync'ing of bookmarks across computers.

Diagramatic said,
not surprised by this. i've tried IE9 and really prefer it over the others now, but I'm missing sync'ing of bookmarks across computers.

Doesn't Live Mesh do that for you now?

thealexweb said,
3.9% on Windows 7 sounds good, nut what % do they have out of all PCs worldwide?

Worldwide is 1.04% for IE9 but that takes into account every OS in existence including Android, Apple, Linux, etc... Fx4 global is 1.68%

funkydude said,

Worldwide is 1.04% for IE9 but that takes into account every OS in existence including Android, Apple, Linux, etc... Fx4 global is 1.68%

Pretty neck and neck then

I always used and prefered IE, but for the first time I'm using FF 4.0.

1. On IE 9, if i use many tabs, write something to search on one tab, go to another to read or copy part of a text to continue witing on the other tab, when you see, everything that you've wrote will be gone. I realy prefer a separated search bar.

2. Change the search to Google, write a word on it and press enter, it
will go to the google resault page, click on "images" on the left
side, it will only show pictures till the third page and nothing
else. This problem does not happen on google chrome, on FF it will take some time, but it will apear, I think that goggle is restriting their content to Chrome.

Understandable. I haven't liked IE for a long time but IE9 gives a much improved browsing experience. If I wasn't so used to my extensions/setup I would happily switch from Chrome.

Good for MS/IE9. If it was available to XP it would be far better than this rate. but i dont blame MS for trying to kill XP