IE11 surges up in market share in latest web browser user numbers

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11 web browser officially launched in October when it was included in the Windows 8.1 update, but the final version for Windows 7 was not released until early November. Today, newly updated numbers from a research firm Net Applications shows that IE11 surged up nearly two percentage points in November to claim 3.27 percent of the worldwide web browser market share, up from just 1.49 percent in October.

The new statistics show that IE8 still has a hammer lock on the web browser world, with 21.74 percent of the browser market share in November, down just slightly from 21.76 percent in October. IE10 is in second with 17.50 percent last month, down from 18.94 in October. Firefox 25 is third with 10.43 percent, IE9 is fourth with 9.25 percent and Chrome 31 is fifth with 6.77 percent.

Overall, all versions of Internet Explorer claimed 58.36 percent of the browser market in November, up from 58.22 in October. Firefox is next with 18.54 percent, down from 18.70 percent in October. Chrome is third with 15.44 percent, up slightly from 15.42 percent in October. Versions of Safari and Opera are well behind the top three at 5.90 percent and 1.39 percent, respectively.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Microsoft

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The "surge" would be even better, if IE 11 would install reliably on 64-bit machines. To look at various forums, installing the last few versions of IE have been fraught with problems. So, if one has IE 9 or IE 10 working well, why risk a failed installation?

How strange that this coincides with M$ pushing it through Windows update... I'm sure most of those using it don't even realize that it has been updated...

Lord Method Man said,
Statcounter doesn't filter out Google's sleazy precaching that it uses to artificially inflate its pagehits.

IE11 also preloads web pages... Flip ahead was also available in IE10 in Metro mode if I'm not mistaken, but in IE11 it's available in both modes.

Edit: Actually looks like flip ahead existed in IE10 desktop too, but it seems like it was disabled by default (perhaps it was disabled by default in Metro too?).

So there are millions of web sites, billions of web pages. If I have issues with 30 web sites, I should personally do that myself? Get real.

Mr. Dee said,
So there are millions of web sites, billions of web pages. If I have issues with 30 web sites, I should personally do that myself? Get real.

And by just complaining here won't change a thing either.
Take an action: get real.

I said I am having problems viewing a site, how is that complaining. I was simply noting an issue. Sorry, but you are obviously being defensive hoping Microsoft will notice and give you a job. Stop being such a desperate suck up!

Mr. Dee said,
I said I am having problems viewing a site, how is that complaining. I was simply noting an issue. Sorry, but you are obviously being defensive hoping Microsoft will notice and give you a job. Stop being such a desperate suck up!

Then you must be feeling happy when you're saying this: "I am having problems viewing TMZ in IE 11." LOL!!
Should I congratulate you?

kazgor said,
IE11 breaks so many Corp sites.. even WebEx is broken unless you put it into compatability mode.

Add it to compatibility View List

kazgor said,
IE11 breaks so many Corp sites

Lazy developers need to update their sites/web apps then! ...this is the whole reason why many cops still rely on IE8, or worse, IE6!!

kazgor said,
IE11 breaks so many Corp sites.. even WebEx is broken unless you put it into compatability mode.

Exactly why it's NOT installed on any of my 8 Windows 7 machines!

Chrome NEVER "fizzed in" IMO!

Great to see IE making that comeback! I've never left it, although I do use a couple of other browser equally, but neither is Firefox or Chrome!

Probably because Windows 7 users are moving over to 11. Surprised to see Chrome take fifth considering the vocal amount of Chrome fanboys that like to mock anyone not using it.

_Alexander said,
Google is cr@pware bundled with all free downloads.

Some of us install it intentionally because we just don't want to deal with the side effects of lazy web developers who've made Chrome a religious icon.

Why I have it installed on my Android handset, I have no idea, though. How Google's flagship browser could perform so horribly on their flagship OS running on their flagship phone (Nexus 5), compared to other available mobile browsers, I also have no idea.

Joshie said,

Some of us install it intentionally because we just don't want to deal with the side effects of lazy web developers who've made Chrome a religious icon.

Why I have it installed on my Android handset, I have no idea, though. How Google's flagship browser could perform so horribly on their flagship OS running on their flagship phone (Nexus 5), compared to other available mobile browsers, I also have no idea.


You don't install them when they come with free downloads (eg flash) unlike grandpas. You install them on your own, willingly. There is a difference.

techbeck said,

Then don't install or use it.


I don't.

techbeck said,

Then don't install or use it.


The only thing I use from google is maps and youtube because unfortunately they are still the best of their kind. The rest of google services I already opt out:
Search --- > I use bing
Google Reader ---> deceased (I use feedly)
Google Docs, Drive --> Office Online , Skydrive
Google Plus --> never used it, I use FB or twitter
Android Tablet --> I Use surface now
Android Phone --> Used to have note 2, I use Lumia 1520 now

trojan_market said,

The only thing I use from google is maps and youtube because unfortunately they are still the best of their kind.

Nokia/Bing maps work just fine (at least for me).

Unfortunately, until Vimeo allows all kinds of video or some alternative popular site comes out, YouTube is the only option. I use the YouTube app on WP that Google blocked

Crimson Rain said,

Nokia/Bing maps work just fine (at least for me).

Unfortunately, until Vimeo allows all kinds of video or some alternative popular site comes out, YouTube is the only option. I use the YouTube app on WP that Google blocked


Nokia maps is OK. but in my PC browser I still use google maps. as far as youtube goes, I use Metrotube. Its good.

Internet Explorer (as a whole) has gained 3 points of market share since the launch of Windows 8... declining for years. Somehow, Windows 8 has been good for IE and bad for Google Chrome.

cybersaurusrex said,
Internet Explorer (as a whole) has gained 3 points of market share since the launch of Windows 8... declining for years. Somehow, Windows 8 has been good for IE and bad for Google Chrome.
Not completely true, IE's market share stabelized already in 2011 and started it's growth at the end of that year.

cybersaurusrex said,
Somehow, Windows 8 has been good for IE and bad for Google Chrome.

Chrome can no longer piggy back on Adobe's plug-ins to sneak on* to people's computers, because Windows 8[.1] does not use their stupid bundleware installer, it uses nice and nifty Windows Update.

*Sneak on of course means use the ignorance of most users who click Next Next Next until something's installed.

But is it actually now being pushed "automatically"? I know it's listed as an "Important Update" in Windows Update, but it is unselected by default (or at least it was when I checked last week - has this now changed?)

Not in Windows 8. If you run Windows 8, IE won't update automatically. You have to manually trigger the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows Store, download about 3 GB of new OS, upgrade, and then you will have IE11. For Windows 7, yes it's automatic.