IE7 now on 100 million systems

Tony Chor, the Group Program Manager for the Internet Explorer team claims 100 millionth download of IE7

I'm pleased to report that on January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation. However, even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to websites in the US were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as we complete our final localized versions, scale up AU distribution, and with the consumer availability of Windows Vista on January 30, 2007.

If you haven't installed IE7 for Windows XP yet, you can download it here. You won't need to download it for Windows Vista as it has IE7 built in with all the same features as the XP version, plus Protected Mode.

Link: IEBlog Article

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Sure it's on my system, but that's just in case some idiot wants to use my computer and decides to pull up IE. At least it's not AS buggy as it was before. Still an uncustomizable piece of $#%^ though. :X

From the article:

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There's absolutely nothing wrong with Seamonkey. I use it myself, primarily for the composer feature for creating basic web sites for schoolwork. It's still a workable browser and has enough features along the same lines as Firefox and Opera, only most of the development from Mozilla is aimed at Firefox. The idea of the all-in-one package has come and gone, sad to say.

Tal Greywolf said,
There's absolutely nothing wrong with Seamonkey. I use it myself, primarily for the composer feature for creating basic web sites for schoolwork. It's still a workable browser and has enough features along the same lines as Firefox and Opera, only most of the development from Mozilla is aimed at Firefox. The idea of the all-in-one package has come and gone, sad to say.

Yup in agreement there, im just far too stubborn to give up my seamonkey, that why the whole Firefox Vs IE thing makes me laugh

Somehow I expected that sort of response here. However, I will state for the record that I am posting this reply while running Firefox and not IE. Neither IE 6 nor IE 7 are my preferred browsers, and likely never will be. In fact, Microsoft's attempts to force me to download IE 7 to my system (Windows XP x64) are blocked, so I never get nagged when running Windows Updates to pull the latest (real) patches to my OS.

This doesn't mean that I haven't used IE 7, I also have Vista x86 loaded on a second drive for dual booting. Even on Vista Firefox is my primary and preferred browser, and IE 7 is merely Microsoft's attempt to catch up with where the industry was heading. Is IE 7 better? About the same if you're asking if a Ford Impala is better than a Plymouth GTO. Both have their uses (and I'm still trying to figure out what IE 7's use is) and both are aimed at different markets. Firefox is aimed at folks who are tired of Microsoft's products, and IE 7 is aimed at the majority of users who have to call tech support to find the 'ON' switch.

Tal Greywolf said,
This doesn't mean that I haven't used IE 7, I also have Vista x86 loaded on a second drive for dual booting.

Same here. I installed IE7 for the same reasons I install any Microsoft product. For the exciting thrill of a challenge and the added bonus adrenaline rush when my system is compromised. Seriously though, I'm one of those 100 million because I needed it for business purposes (testing).

"IE 7 is merely Microsoft's attempt to catch up with where the industry was heading"

Ha ha, yeah, that's a good one.

It's easier to find out how many DOWNLOADS of firefox there are but it's never/rarely revealed how many actually run the browser after downloading. I have firefox on my systems but only ever use it to test web sites. And even though I prefer IE7 I don't need to call tech support since I work in tech support!

"IE 7 is merely Microsoft's attempt to catch up with where the industry was heading"

Ha ha, yeah, that's a good one.

Ok, let's see... for the record, Internet Explorer only recently added support for tabbed browsing. Before then, it was 2003 when Firefox ( then known as Phoenix ) had tabbed browsing support. Opera? They have tabbed browsing two years previous, in 2001. Now, you could have gotten tabbed browsing in IE if you didn't want to use IE and instead use Avant, but Avant was usually too unstable on my systems to be productive with.

There's quite a few other 'additions' like RSS that Microsoft only now introduced, so yes... I'll stand by my statement that Microsoft was simply attempting to catch up with the rest of the industry.

How many of these are though Windows update though? (not a biased comment im using IE7)

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Even if it is AU, it's still being used more than Firefox.

According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to websites in the US were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6.