IE10 still well behind most major web browsers in December

Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft's latest version of its web browser, is still only being used by a tiny fraction of PC users worldwide. It launched first as part of Windows 8 in late October and later as a preview version for Windows 7 users in mid-November.

Net Applications' preliminary data from December, based on its results gathered from 40,000 websites worldwide, showed IE10 claiming just 0.89 percent of the world's browser market share that month. This compares to November, when IE10 had 0.51 percent of the browser market.

As we mentioned last month, 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 downloading it until Microsoft decides to launch a final version for that OS.

Net Applications shows IE8 in the number one spot in December with 23.44 percent of the market share. On Monday, Microsoft released a "Fix it" patch for IE8 to plug an exploit that affected the browser, along with IE7 and IE6.

In second place on Net Applications' web browser list for December was IE9 with 20.93 percent. Chrome 23 from Google is next in third place with 15.75 percent and Mozilla's Firefox 17 is fourth with 10.31 percent.

As usual, StatCounter has new data from December that is much different than Net Applications' numbers thanks to the fact that StatCounter puts more of an emphasis on page views than unique visitors. StatCounter has Chrome 23 in the number one spot with 33.03 percent, followed by IE9 at 17.05 percent. Firefox 17 is in third at 12.08 percent and IE8 is fourth at 11.48 percent. IE10 is still not listed at all in StatCounter's chart.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Wikipedia

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I'm using the modern version of IE10 on W8, it's snappy. I'm looking forward to seeing other browsers get a modern app treatment but having to use IE10 is no punishment. I'm also using desktop chrome and I feel as if IE10 has the edge but that might also be due to the way how it loads pages, making it seem as if its faster. At any rate, both are top-notch.

Thats because for some crappy reason you can only iuse it in win8. Shooting themselves in the foot seems appropriate analogy.

BeLGaRaTh said,
Thats because for some crappy reason you can only iuse it in win8. Shooting themselves in the foot seems appropriate analogy.

It's because the version for Windows 7 is still beta...

Actually, it's the other way around. IE10 works great at my workplace, but only because the sites were designed to be standards-compliant to begin with. Sadly, in other businesses, they coded their local sites to look good in old IE6-8 specific coding. IE9 and IE10 now renders sites nicely like Firefox and Chrome, so developers need to remove any old code that are proprietary to IE6-8. If you are have rendering issues in IE10 because of the web developers using old coding like that, then try clicking the broken page (compatibility mode) icon in the URL bar, which will render the site in the old IE format. IE10 rocks!

It's not that no one "wants" Windows 8, it's no one "needs" it yet. Normally, general consumers get the latest Windows with a new computer. If they're happy with their current computer, they're probably not going to get a new one for a while. Alternatively, those who want to upgrade but are hesitant are usually just misinformed by the troll/negative comments from people that didn't give the OS a proper try, it's a faster, better version of Windows 7, with a Modern UI overlay that you barely have to use if you don't want to.

I wouldn't quite go that far! Yes, its a big step up from IE9 in terms of HTML5/CSS3 compliance, etc... but it is still a long way behind other major browsers!!

In November, we did a comparison of IE9, IE10, Chrome 23, Firefox 17, Opera 12, and Safari 5 - we were expecting far more from IE10 than we got, and in two of our tests, IE9 performed BETTER than IE10!

The full report is available here: http://blog.mid.as/2012/11/14/...t-the-top-six-head-to-head/

IE10 is no doubt the best browser. M$ bashers are still stuck in 1996 and don't realize the stuff they use now is obsolete. Oh well their loss.

That's many folks' opinion, and you're entitled to it. I just don't see how a browser having the least amount of extensibility makes the other modern ones "obsolete." Me thinks you got it backwards, son. lol

My main reason for using another Browser is that Internet explorer gets updated far too slowly (once per operating system) and has almost none of the features that a modern Browser needs these day.

EG: Password management, bookmark syncing, Customization, and many other features.

For the old version yes, but thankfully with IE10 that changed
Bookmarks, settings and history sync with you and by default the "auto-update" feature is enabled, allowing them to send quicker update cycles.

j2006 said,
For the old version yes, but thankfully with IE10 that changed
Bookmarks, settings and history sync with you and by default the "auto-update" feature is enabled, allowing them to send quicker update cycles.

But those "new" features, most browser are supported it since years ago.

Darkmiss said,
My main reason for using another Browser is that Internet explorer gets updated far too slowly (once per operating system) and has almost none of the features that a modern Browser needs these day.

EG: Password management, bookmark syncing, Customization, and many other features.

Absolutely no need for password management (big time security issue) or bookmark syncing (just plain stupid) and what is there to customize?

Had IE10 installed on all 8 of my Windows 7 machines. Never found out what that extra service is that it thinks it has to run, and even posted a question here about it. Didn't like that extra service or IE10 much, so uninstalled it from all machines. Do not plan on using it even when it is officially released! Bummer too, as I usually have no issues using IE.

Okay the next time IE asks you if you want to save a password for a site and you accidentally click NO.
try undoing that without having to delve in to the registry.

Bookmark syncing (Plain Stupid)... next time you stay at a friends place for a week or two,
try pulling up your bookmarks on his computer.

Must be slow news days at the moment.

A browser only available on a recently released OS and as a preview on another relatively new OS has a small market share! OMG THE SHOCK.

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