IE 9 now second most popular browser for Windows 7

Microsoft continues to promote the use of its Internet Explorer 9 web browser ahead of others. In its newest IE blog post the company showed that with PCs that are running Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 is now just barely above Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browser in usage, with IE 9 now being used by just under 25 percent of people with Windows 7 PCs worldwide.

Microsoft says that IE 9 is now just behind IE 8 in Windows 7 web browser usage worldwide. It also announced that in the US, IE 9 should soon be the number one web browser used with Windows 7 PCs. Internent Explorer 9 officially launched for Windows 7 in March 2011.

As with other web browser usage info, Microsoft gets its stats from the NetMarketShare.com web site. The same web site showed that Internet Explorer 8 is still the most used web browser worldwide, regardless of the operating system, with 28.2 percent of the world's browser market share. Chrome is number 2 with 14.58 percent, Internet Explorer 9 is third with 10.25 percent, IE 6 is fourth with 8.03 percent and Firefox is fifth with 7.27 percent.

Microsoft has been promoting the use of IE 9 over older browsers for some time, especially IE 6 which the company says should be dumped by users for both security reasons as well as for better compatibility with web sites that use more advanced HTML5 features.

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This is not surprising at all, taking into account the vast majority of people don't realize what a browser is, let alone know there are other options for different browsers. IE9 comes standard on Win7, enough said.

Marshall said,
This is not surprising at all, taking into account the vast majority of people don't realize what a browser is, let alone know there are other options for different browsers. IE9 comes standard on Win7, enough said.

No it doesn't. IE8 does.

Saex_Conroy said,
IE 9 is still IE, even opera and maxthon are better than it

Care to explain how Opera or Maxthon is better or exceed what Internet Explorer 9 can't do? I don't see a reason to use other web browser when Internet Explorer 9 works flawless for me.

Estienne Taylor said,

Care to explain how Opera or Maxthon is better or exceed what Internet Explorer 9 can't do? I don't see a reason to use other web browser when Internet Explorer 9 works flawless for me.


IE9 still all the way, altho FF is getting close tho (in nightly builds, FF8 still kinda sucks)/
one change on both, tabs below address bar.

Estienne Taylor said,

Care to explain how Opera or Maxthon is better or exceed what Internet Explorer 9 can't do? I don't see a reason to use other web browser when Internet Explorer 9 works flawless for me.


simple - even maxthon 3, that doesnt have addons has more functionality than IE9 - has translator, mouse gestures and much more, but i dont know all of its features, since i use firefox

and as for opera - it has addons, nothing more to say

Aerah.Eleganta said,

Well... IE9 is as fast or faster than Opera...

It's not all about speed with a browser.

I, for one, love the mouse gestures. It drives me insane when I can't use them in Firefox or any other browse...

Tpiom said,

It's not all about speed with a browser.

I, for one, love the mouse gestures. It drives me insane when I can't use them in Firefox or any other browse...

IE9 is the safest browser, fast and simple what do u want more ?

guxim rama said,

IE9 is the safest browser, fast and simple what do u want more ?

fast and simple, I can accept that, but saying it's the safest is playing it a little.

guxim rama said,

IE9 is the safest browser, fast and simple what do u want more ?

How about better font rendering (the hardware accelerated rendering is blurry), better user interface, better extension support (pretty annoying in general right now). IE9 is ok as a limited feature browser but I'd still take any of the competition over it.

whitebread said,
People still use IE6? LOL!

Of course they do there's a lot of older people with old computers who have XP that they never updated... Or corporations way behind on technology. I know back in my high school last year I was using a Windows 98 computer with IE6 and a CRT monitor... But that was the old computer lab there.

RedFlow said,

Of course they do there's a lot of older people with old computers who have XP that they never updated... Or corporations way behind on technology. I know back in my high school last year I was using a Windows 98 computer with IE6 and a CRT monitor... But that was the old computer lab there.

Hmm... Come to think of it, I used to do collections for Capital One and their system (called Prophit) would only work in IE6. I HATED IE6 so I managed to install Firefox on the system... Didn`t work in it

perochan said,

as a web designer, i HATE IE6 users........................


I know exactly how you feel! Which is why I'm taking the Google approach and only supporting IE8+. But if you follow Web standards and think about standard backwards compatibility, you should be alright.

whitebread said,
People still use IE6? LOL!

A lot of apps only support IE6. Especially in government departments.