IE6 market share drops 6%, IE8 still in top spot

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Over the last year, IE6 marketshare has fallen by 6% in the US, from 11.47% to 4.74%.  Back in March, Neowin reported that a funeral was held for IE6 where Microsoft even sent flowers when official support for the browser was dropped.

Unlike Firefox, Internet Explorer shows a steady decline in older browsers and a steady adoption rate with new versions.  Firefox on the other hand, shows a vast leap when a new version is release, with Firefox 3.6 gaining 19.85% marketshare in as little as five months.

Microsoft is attempting to push businesses and users to upgrade from IE6 and IE7 to IE8, which contains all the latest security patches.  IE7 still holds 16.64% market share, just below Firefox 3.6 with 19.85%, while IE8 takes the top spot with 30.49%.

Microsoft plans to release the next version of the browser, Internet Explorer 9, and it will only be available for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7, cutting support for Windows XP.  Windows XP still holds strong on the top spot with 42.32% market share in the US, Windows Vista and 7 both come in second and third place with 26.44% and 16.87%.

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There is no obsession. Theres a lazy IT Managr who is meant to test IE7 with the companys systems for the past 3 years... Who the hell wants to deploy IE7 or 8 to lets say 100 PCs. I am not supporting them in any way btw

COKid said,
What's the big obsession with IE6?

Internet Explorer 6 is the legacy product from a time of broken internet standards and vendor lock-in, and it isn't up to the job of browsing the web in its current JavaScript heavy, HTML5 and CSS2/3 world. In theory, IE6 should have died years ago when it became obsolete, but unfortunately its attached to the most popular operating system in history, and killing it is a very hard task.

While its still around, some web developers (myself included) keep having to hack our HTML and CSS files so that our websites work in IE6, and doing what we actually want to do becomes a difficult task because IE6 just can't do what we want.

Total IE usage 51.87% - Very good. Lets get those IE users onto IE8 asap!

Hope Chrome continues to take Firefox market share.

Raa said,
Hope Chrome continues to take Firefox market share.

Why Firefox? They should be working on reducing the MSIE share further to balance the playing field more.

Declining numbers aside, Microsoft still holds a vice-like grip on dominance in the browser wars, and if the new-school competition starts turning on each other, IE will remain at the top, while the competition falls apart by cannibalising each other.

I don't want to see rid of Internet explorer, since that would over-tip the balance of healthy competition in the browser wars, but we certainly need to see it decline further so that the playing field levels, and everyone is playing the innovate-to-win game, not just the innovate-to-catch-up game.

It's hardly whining when Microsoft was found to have behaved in an anti-competitive manner and punished accordingly. Don't forget that Google also complained, so your criticism of Opera is seriously misguided.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's hardly whining when Microsoft was found to have behaved in an anti-competitive manner and punished accordingly. Don't forget that Google also complained, so your criticism of Opera is seriously misguided.
Yes, Opera was clearly hindered to be installed on Windows and used as the default browser.

Panda X said,
I fail to see how this is news.

Let me help.


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Interesting that IE has kept the top spot all year. This month is the widest gap between IE and #2 since about this time last year. Looks like month-to-month from Apr-May only IE and Moz saw gains, but IE8's were bigger. It's a real horse race. Will be interesting to see what happens when IE9 hits.

"Microsoft even sent flowers when official support for the browser was dropped."

Get your facts straight. IE6 will be supported till 2014.

Lepton said,
"Microsoft even sent flowers when official support for the browser was dropped."

Get your facts straight. IE6 will be supported till 2014.

That's extended paid support, isn't it?

Why are any versions of Chrome 2 and 3 listed anyway? The only ones running deprecated Chrome versions are the nut jobs who turned off the Google updater. All other users are always silently updated to the latest version within a week assuming the computer is used at all.

Erunno said,
Why are any versions of Chrome 2 and 3 listed anyway? The only ones running deprecated Chrome versions are the nut jobs who turned off the Google updater. All other users are always silently updated to the latest version within a week assuming the computer is used at all.
To have an accurate report on browser market share? Same reason they would include something like IE6, it's not because it's outdated that people aren't using it (foolish but they're still doing it)

GraphiteCube said,
Where is Opera?

Lumped in with other unpopular browser in "Other"?

Edited by thommcg, Jun 1 2010, 5:34pm :

GraphiteCube said,
Where is Opera?

In the "Other" category. Switch the page to "Browser" instead of browser version. It's the little red line at the bottom that hasn't moved. (Their mobile version is still doing well, though.)

Edited by Eric, Jun 1 2010, 5:49pm :

vaximily said,

Really? There's always got to be one I suppose...

at least they didnt go to complain to the EU about it th9is graph favoring other browsers...

SputnikGamer said,

at least they didnt go to complain to the EU about it th9is graph favoring other browsers...

Buddha! Why does people like this keep milking an empty cow? It's getting old..but.

vaximily said,
Really? There's always got to be one I suppose...

Wow Firefox is in second place... gonna have to switch out from Firefox to something less well known... more and more exploits are going to be targeted at it soon...

Conjor said,
Wow Firefox is in second place... gonna have to switch out from Firefox to something less well known... more and more exploits are going to be targeted at it soon...

Firefox has be in second place for a very long time. That's quite a poor reason to change browser, Mozilla admits when there is a problem and fixs it quickly unlike Microsoft which take a long time to issue a patch and Apple who keep the vulnerability secret until it's repaired.

thealexweb said,

Firefox has be in second place for a very long time. That's quite a poor reason to change browser, Mozilla admits when there is a problem and fixs it quickly unlike Microsoft which take a long time to issue a patch and Apple who keep the vulnerability secret until it's repaired.

MS has to throughly test patches , to make sure they don't break network softwares and the like

thealexweb said,

Firefox has be in second place for a very long time. That's quite a poor reason to change browser, Mozilla admits when there is a problem and fixs it quickly unlike Microsoft which take a long time to issue a patch and Apple who keep the vulnerability secret until it's repaired.

Microsoft issues patches for IE quite quickly. They definitely need to be more agile with new features, though.

Ci7 said,

MS has to throughly test patches , to make sure they don't break network softwares and the like

They have a lot more resources to do this than Mozilla do so still they should be done quickly.

thealexweb said,

Apple who keep the vulnerability secret until it's repaired.

cuz telling the world how to hack your system before its fixed is a good thing?

SputnikGamer said,

cuz telling the world how to hack your system before its fixed is a good thing?

I think he meant, Apple is just plain relying on "Security By Obscurity".

thenonhacker said,

I think he meant, Apple is just plain relying on "Security By Obscurity".

It works for them so can't blame them. If Safari ever got as popular then that would be pretty bad but since its not major target for hackers it works for now.

thealexweb said,

They have a lot more resources to do this than Mozilla do so still they should be done quickly.

Aren't we all resources for Mozilla?

MS by contrast must rely on resources it can afford to pay.

So if you're argument is based on sheer manpower, Mozilla bugs should be fixed faster - assuming the hive-mind ever makes a mistake!

kInG aLeXo said,
Please MS, include the same security auto-update thing as in Firefox

I believe it's called Windows Update.

kInG aLeXo said,
Please MS, include the same security auto-update thing as in Firefox, and release new versions more frequently.

Windows Update but the way Firefox does update, I wish every 3rd party software would do it that way. Separate processes running for updates should be banned.

WooHoo!!! said,

Windows Update but the way Firefox does update, I wish every 3rd party software would do it that way. Separate processes running for updates should be banned.

+1.2, too

kInG aLeXo said,
Please MS, include the same security auto-update thing as in Firefox, and release new versions more frequently.

Chrome has this update thingy too...

WooHoo!!! said,

Windows Update but the way Firefox does update, I wish every 3rd party software would do it that way. Separate processes running for updates should be banned.

IE is part of the OS. It's not a 3rd party app. + it's nice to have a centralized update thingy rather than update each app separately.

WooHoo!!! said,

I wish every 3rd party software would do it that way. Separate processes running for updates should be banned.

Seems kind of childish to call for the ban of anything you don't like without considering the big picture... such as Glendi's point.

WooHoo!!! said,

Windows Update but the way Firefox does update, I wish every 3rd party software would do it that way. Separate processes running for updates should be banned.

Check your Firefox installation folder. There's a seperate program for updates called updater.exe...

Edited by GSDragoon, Jun 1 2010, 10:14pm : formatting

kInG aLeXo said,
Please MS, include the same security auto-update thing as in Firefox, and release new versions more frequently.

The AutoUpdate only works for minor revisions (e.g. 3.5.1 to 3.5.2). It does not work for major updates such as 3.0 to 3.5 or 3.5 to 3.6. Mozilla definitely needs to fix this problem so 3.6 users can automatically upgrade to 4.0. That is, unless the new version were not to work with an earlier OS version, of course.