IE and Chrome still duking it out; IE10 makes a small impression

Microsoft is also marketing on the perceived hate of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 10, was part of the company's launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT in late October. In mid-November, a "preview version" of IE10 was released for Windows 7 users to download. Now, data from Net Applications shows that IE10 is being used by 0.51 percent of users worldwide.

The November results were posted earlier this morning, and are pretty much as expected. Windows 8 itself is only being used by a small fraction of PC users at the moment, and the "preview" release of IE10 on Windows 7 will keep many people from trying it out until Microsoft releases the final version.

Microsoft has been pushing to get more PC users to try IE and recently launched yet another new marketing campaign that actually takes on the haters of the web browser head on.

Net Applications shows IE8 in the number one spot in November with 24.49 percent of the market share, followed by IE9 with 20.80 percent. Firefox 16 from Mozilla is in third place on the list with 12.93 percent, and Chrome 23 is next with 10.52 percent.

As usual, StatCounter, with its different methodology, has new data that is much different than Net Applications' numbers. StatCounter has Chrome 23 in the number one spot with 22.45 percent, followed by IE9 at 17.65 percent. Firefox 16 is in third at 15.29 percent and IE8 is fourth at 12 percent. IE10 is not listed at all in StatCounter's chart.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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Each to their own. Also I don't care what the numbers show, I love Chrome and will never sway from it. Adblock Plus is a must for web browsing.

If you think IE 10 is the best, then you are a certified fanboy! Case Closed. IE10 is garbage. Many better alternatives out there. I have IE 10 constantly lock up on various websites on all sorts of different client computers. Even brand new Windows 8 boxes, so people who state IE 10 is the best browser hands down, keep drinking that coolaid...

Michael Churma III said,
If you think IE 10 is the best, then you are a certified fanboy! Case Closed. IE10 is garbage. Many better alternatives out there. I have IE 10 constantly lock up on various websites on all sorts of different client computers. Even brand new Windows 8 boxes, so people who state IE 10 is the best browser hands down, keep drinking that coolaid...

Never had a lockup here. Sorry to hear you have such crappy hardware that can't handle web surfing.

Lord Method Man said,

Never had a lockup here. Sorry to hear you have such crappy hardware that can't handle web surfing.

Hey fanboy, can you read? It is pretty obvious you can't. Just because you have not had IE 10 lock up does not mean others have not. I suggest you re read my post.

Michael Churma III said,
If you think IE 10 is the best, then you are a certified fanboy! Case Closed. IE10 is garbage. Many better alternatives out there. I have IE 10 constantly lock up on various websites on all sorts of different client computers. Even brand new Windows 8 boxes, so people who state IE 10 is the best browser hands down, keep drinking that coolaid...

too bad the one that calls someone a fanboy is always the true fanboy but even if you hadn't said that it was obvious by the rest of your ignorant post.

aionaddict said,

too bad the one that calls someone a fanboy is always the true fanboy but even if you hadn't said that it was obvious by the rest of your ignorant post.

Your comment is flawed. I said IE 10 is garbage, I did not say Safari, Chrome, or Firefox FTW. I said there are plenty of better alternatives. Learn how to read and then comment.

Good day!

I'd like to see a new browser from MSFT. one that throws away the old IE legacy stuff that only serves to businesses and instead focus on consumer features and rich internet apps.

it should be webkit based or at least home grown to be the top html5 spec browser. it should have a powerful environment for ad-on makers to hook into and it should come with ad blocking technology right out of the gate.

such browser could be marketed to the consumers while businesses keep IE around for corporate apps.

I prefered Chrome on Windows 7 but on Windows 8 I like to use the charms so at the moment I'm using Internet Explorer 10. It appears to be faster than Chrome but I suspect that also has to do with the way how it loads pages visually.

SPARTdAN said,
Does IE10 have any sync for favourites like Chrome? That would be a deal breaker for me.

Yes with Windows 8 microsoft account you sync everything

Trying to switch from Chrome to IE 10 Windows 7 x64.
Why can't I like a Facebook post? When I try to like, it Like then unlike immediately.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Trying to switch from Chrome to IE 10 Windows 7 x64.
Why can't I like a Facebook post? When I try to like, it Like then unlike immediately.

I would blame that on Facebook, it's been really crappy lately and acting weird across several different browsers and platforms for me.

Gerowen said,

I would blame that on Facebook, it's been really crappy lately and acting weird across several different browsers and platforms for me.

I had the same identical problem that tanjiajun_34 had...Facebook worked FINE with Chrome and Firefox, but was completely hosed with IE10...ended up having to reformat and reinstall Windows 7 to get IE 9 back. Definite deal-breaker to me.

Why does IE9 and 10 rendering a lot of buttons in square when chrome and Firefox and all other browser render differently from ie9 and 10?

My own data might not count for much, but across several websites (which aren't related to each other at all content wise) they all show Chrome as the clear winner. And have done so for quite a long time. Here's a quick grab from my stats:

Chrome: 40.88%
Firefox: 26.55%
IE: 14.42%
Safari: 8.40%

What's interesting to note is that when there's a rise in IE traffic, your Alexa ranking bumps up as well. So that shows you how reliable Alexa rankings are

My sample size is about half a million visitors.

ArialBlue said,
IE10 hands down owns Chrome

Yeah, sure. And pigs fly.
When IE will have Chrome-like extensions and [good] developer tools, maybe I'll give it a try.

Mortis said,

Yeah, sure. And pigs fly.
When IE will have Chrome-like extensions and [good] developer tools, maybe I'll give it a try.

Why should IE support non-standardized proprietary extensions?

I love the SYNC feature in CHROME, it's the best out there. I know IE10 has it but it's only in Windows 8 using a Microsoft account.

Chris Kop said,
I love the SYNC feature in CHROME, it's the best out there. I know IE10 has it but it's only in Windows 8 using a Microsoft account.

well i use my google account for windows 8. works flawlessly.

That's what i am saying, you can use CHROME on any platform; LINUX, WINDOWS, MAC, TABLETS..... and you just need to log in and VOILA; all your bookmarks, tabs, passwords are there. THE BEST FEATURE EVER.

typu said,

well i use my google account for windows 8. works flawlessly.

Chris Kop said,
I love the SYNC feature in CHROME, it's the best out there. I know IE10 has it but it's only in Windows 8 using a Microsoft account.

Well, It's a matter of being locked down to google's ecosystem or microsoft's. I, personally, rather not rely on google.

well i tried to imply that windows is flexible enough that you do not need a microsoft account to use it. instead you can easily use your (existing) google account.

Chris Kop said,
That's what i am saying, you can use CHROME on any platform; LINUX, WINDOWS, MAC, TABLETS..... and you just need to log in and VOILA; all your bookmarks, tabs, passwords are there. THE BEST FEATURE EVER.

Internet Explore 10 is ok, it fast, but I find that some site that I go to don't render to well like I find in Firefox or Chrome. So I use it sometimes, but then I find myself going back to Chrome or Firefox more often.

After frequent freezes by Chrome, I accidentally switched to IE9 in Nov 2011 and just kept using it since then. No problems but they need to fix the bookmarks and session recovery that sometimes does not work other than that no complaints

mmjm said,
After frequent freezes by Chrome, I accidentally switched to IE9 in Nov 2011 and just kept using it since then. No problems but they need to fix the bookmarks and session recovery that sometimes does not work other than that no complaints

Totally agree. My HP laptop loves to crash and IE9 usually doesn't remember what tabs I lost and the session recovery doesn't even come up. Firefox consistently does actually have my tab session all logged into each site and everything. Otherwise, I have few qualms with IE9 being my main browser.

Internet Explore 10 and Windows 7 is a loss so far. I don't see any changes made at all. It looks like Microsoft just change the version from 9 to 10 and that is it. It's still 9 all over again.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Internet Explore 10 and Windows 7 is a loss so far. I don't see any changes made at all. It looks like Microsoft just change the version from 9 to 10 and that is it. It's still 9 all over again.

Yep, because if the UI doesn't change, that means nothing changed, right?

JSYOUNG571 said,
Internet Explore 10 and Windows 7 is a loss so far. I don't see any changes made at all. It looks like Microsoft just change the version from 9 to 10 and that is it. It's still 9 all over again.

The major changes are mostly under the hood, few UI tweaks.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

The major changes are mostly under the hood, few UI tweaks.


I'm actually glad the UI is almost identical. Its the first IE ever to have an unchanged UI after a new release something that should be recognized!

JSYOUNG571 said,
Internet Explore 10 and Windows 7 is a loss so far. I don't see any changes made at all. It looks like Microsoft just change the version from 9 to 10 and that is it. It's still 9 all over again.

And the award for most ignorant post of 2012 goes to . . .

TCLN Ryster said,

And the award for most ignorant post of 2012 goes to . . .

Please don't act like what you sit on. I am quite sure your Mom raised you better than that.

Shadowzz said,

I'm actually glad the UI is almost identical. Its the first IE ever to have an unchanged UI after a new release something that should be recognized!
Hmm I thought IE 7 and 8 is pretty much the same as well?

JSYOUNG571 said,

Please don't act like what you sit on. I am quite sure your Mom raised you better than that.


Acting like a chair? I didn't think those typed.

And he's right. There's a massive performance and standards improvement, while very little visual has changed.

I really like IE, especialy IE10, anyway, it's Always been my primary browser and even not thinking about another one. Anyway, Firefox, Opera and Iron are here installed to support the rest of the browser. I'm happy. I hope they also improve IE with Windows Blue, would be nice, even if it's only IE10.1.

S3P€hR said,
There is no doubt they made a very good progress. They are still behind everybody else but made a dramatic improve since IE 6. http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html

Those HTML5 numbers mean nothing. Most of them are not even standard yet, and for those that are, it's important how good a browser is in supporting that said feature (quality), not just how many it supports.

S3P€hR said,
There is no doubt they made a very good progress. They are still behind everybody else but made a dramatic improve since IE 6. http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html
For a small time, I have hosted and duplication of this test, without everything that isn't standard, turns out that IE better.

Anyway, IE is a little behind HTML5, but it support everything that is actually standard, the others don't, so you get wrong implementations (prefix, remember? -webkit-, -moz-), IE doesn't do this (and if they do, it works also fine without prefix), and that's the good thing about IE. Also, they have the most robust Javascript engine.

Lord Method Man said,

html5test.com is a joke. Those scores mean nothing. They test non-standardized features and even take off points for not supporting WebM by default.

Joke or Not, IE 10 is still behind the rest of the browsers. but IE 10 is still making nice progress regardless, IE 10>>IE 9

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

Joke or Not, IE 10 is still behind the rest of the browsers. but IE 10 is still making nice progress regardless, IE 10>>IE 9


IE10 supports more standardized HTML5 features then Fx or Chrome.
Fx and Chrome support allot of HTML5 features half assed. Anything IE10 supports, supports it fully and according to the W3 standards. (Google and Mozilla often take their own implementation, not following W3 standards).
Web standards dont change overnight, they take months, years... decades to finalize. Releasing a browser each 2 or so years actually gives some stability to the web, it doesnt HAVE to be in constand evolution.

Besides that, noone is going to get MS to implement not finalized standards again. They fell for that with IE6, not going to happen again

Studio384 said,
For a small time, I have hosted and duplication of this test, without everything that isn't standard, turns out that IE better.

Anyway, IE is a little behind HTML5, but it support everything that is actually standard, the others don't, so you get wrong implementations (prefix, remember? -webkit-, -moz-), IE doesn't do this (and if they do, it works also fine without prefix), and that's the good thing about IE. Also, they have the most robust Javascript engine.

what about -ms-flexbox, -ms-user-select, -ms-text-size-adjust, and others?

And lots of these standards work without prefix also in Firefox (latest version).

S3P€hR said,
you might be right about those implementation. IE also has some of its own-ie as well. however, about javascript engine I simply cannot agree with you as Chrome has the best engine followed by firefox http://www.codemeit.com/review...performance-comparison.html

IE 7?!!! Is this supposed to be a joke?

How about you find a new comparison that tests IE 9, or better yet, IE 10.

Read this to have a better understanding of the situation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra_(JavaScript_engine)

Love this ad. Love that Microsoft is poking fun at themselves. Everyone loves a comeback. Hopefully it will prod people to give IE a second look.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Love this ad. Love that Microsoft is poking fun at themselves. Everyone loves a comeback. Hopefully it will prod people to give IE a second look.

..but if people do take another look at IE, Microsoft need to ensure that they don't leave it years before another major update, like they've done with countless other IE releases in the past. Otherwise, technology & standards get left behind and other browsers overtake... we've seen it so many times before! ...so let's just hope that Microsoft have learned their lesson, and are committing to regularly updating their browser from now on!

GreatMarkO said,

..but if people do take another look at IE, Microsoft need to ensure that they don't leave it years before another major update, like they've done with countless other IE releases in the past. Otherwise, technology & standards get left behind and other browsers overtake... we've seen it so many times before! ...so let's just hope that Microsoft have learned their lesson, and are committing to regularly updating their browser from now on!

If their plans with Windows Blue are any indication, it looks to me like they fully plan regular updates. Maybe not at the break-neck pace of Chrome or FF, but yearly, at minimum. That should keep them well up to date.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Love this ad. Love that Microsoft is poking fun at themselves. Everyone loves a comeback. Hopefully it will prod people to give IE a second look.

IE10 sucks less than the others, still sucks more than Chrome or Firefox or Opera.

Sly_Ripper said,

IE10 sucks less than the others, still sucks more than Chrome or Firefox or Opera.

Shouldn't you be preparing for your next Karaoke contest?

Chrome doesn't support directwrite. This is a big feature that IE10 and Firefox have. Text is very important to the modern web.

same here. win8 & ie10 is a real win. dont see myself going back to chrome.

Lord Method Man said,
Happily using IE10 here, best browser available today hands down.

Lord Method Man said,
Happily using IE10 here, best browser available today hands down.

IE 10 on win 8 x64 crashes so often.

spy beef said,

IE 10 on win 8 x64 crashes so often.

Update your graphics drivers. Because IE10 heavily uses GPU acceleration (even on static text/images which is why it runs so smooth) bad graphics drivers will make it crash. It happened to me. I updated and now its fine.

Lord Method Man said,
Happily using IE10 here, best browser available today hands down.

OK, you deserve the "Best Troll" award..

Happily using Chrome here, best browser available today hands down.

See, I can do it too.

well i guess this shows that there is no clear "winner" anymore. browsers have reached a level where most of them can be used same effectively and comfortably as any other.

so feel free to use whatever you like, the browser war is finished. so say we all!

Mortis said,

OK, you deserve the "Best Troll" award..

Happily using Chrome here, best browser available today hands down.

See, I can do it too.

typu said,
well i guess this shows that there is no clear "winner" anymore. browsers have reached a level where most of them can be used same effectively and comfortably as any other.

so feel free to use whatever you like, the browser war is finished. so say we all!

Almost, but not yet... there's a few advantages of one browser compared to others but we're getting there.

Mortis said,

OK, you deserve the "Best Troll" award..

Happily using Chrome here, best browser available today hands down.

See, I can do it too.


They're all great browsers (IE10, Chrome, FF) if people don't stick on old versions.

I'm sticking with IE10 for the moment, which I haven't been able to say of an IE since...umm...6 before Firefox was a thing?