Internet Explorer 8 is now the world's most used browser

Guardian.co.uk references a Net Applications' chart from January 2010 showing that IE8 now commands the largest maket share of any browser in the world. Previously, IE6 held the crown. For some time now, Microsoft, as well as many other companies (such as Google), have been trying to push people away from IE6 and upgrade to the latest available version. It seems that all the pushing, combined with strong Windows 7 sales, is paying off.

In January 2010, IE8 has captured 22.31 percent of the browser market. According to Guardian, if you count the times that IE8 is used in compatibility mode, its market share jumps another 3 percent. NetApps also shows that Windows XP's market share is declining. The world's most dominant OS has fallen from 75.02 percent in March 2009, to 66.31 percent in January 2010. As more users replace Windows XP with 7, IE 8 will gain market share as it is the default browser for most copies of the Windows 7 platform.

Here's the current browser market breakdown:

  • IE8 - 22.31%
  • IE6 - 20.07%
  • Firefox 3.5 - 17.01%
  • IE7 - 14.58%
  • Firefox 3.0 - 5.29%
  • Chrome - 3.92%
  • Safari - 3.55%

UPDATE: The Windows Experience Blog discusses Net Applications' findings and elaborates on the substantial difference in malware protection that IE8 offers when compared to IE6. Living in times where phishing is rampant, Microsoft is adamant about users upgrading from the protection-less IE6 to a more modern web browser.

"As of today, Internet Explorer 8 has done over 350 million malware blocks.... Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter blocks malware over 2 million times a day."

Microsoft feels that leaving IE6 behind is a crucial step in protecting your private information. It will also give users the opportunity to take advantage of the latest and greatest features that the Internet has to offer. Microsoft notes that back in 2001, when IE6 was introduced, "There was no social networking, no RSS feeds, and no real blogs. It was a different time – and people’s browsing needs were different. Today’s Internet calls for more." IE6 no longer cuts it.

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i agree that ie8 is slow and why did they leave Opera out?i'm glad they didnt include those ie based browsers as they use ie and also suffer from ie's security holes and exploits and ie6 having alot of share is scary as 20% is alot of users.

soldier1st said,
i agree that ie8 is slow and why did they leave Opera out?i'm glad they didnt include those ie based browsers as they use ie and also suffer from ie's security holes and exploits and ie6 having alot of share is scary as 20% is alot of users.

They didn't leave Opera out as Opera 10.5 is faster than Chrome.

I think the % is so high is because of pirated copies of windows xp out there that aren't genuine and can't have a newer version installed. (I know there are ways people can do this).

dtomilson said,
I think the % is so high is because of pirated copies of windows xp out there that aren't genuine and can't have a newer version installed. (I know there are ways people can do this).

Not really, you can even get pirated copies genuine by a simple crack.

I really wish companies would bite the bullet and spend some of their "hard-earned" money to fund upgrades from IE6. A lot of security issues and hacks would be alleviated, and it would also pave the way for easier migration to upgrades in the future. After all the warnings, advisories and etc., IE6 is still hovering around 20% -- a mere 2% or 3% behind the latest and greatest. Scary.

HalcyonX12 said,
Ok... they had to split up Firefox 3.x to make that work out?

No, they simply listed the most common browsers. They split IE up into 6/7/8 too.

acido00 said,
IE8 has A better standards HTML. awesome

Yeah freaking right. Every browser works with each other on a website. IE requires hacks to get it to work. Yeah very compatible ¬_¬. And it it was the better standards why does it still do so crappy on Acid3 and other sites.

acido00 said,
IE8 has A better standards HTML. awesome

IE8 as any previous IE, suck at showing websites correctly that are coded correctly.
IE will always FAIL.

acido00 said,
IE8 has A better standards HTML. awesome

It does (much better than 6, that's for sure!), but it still has some way to go. IE9 should bring it a lot closer to the competition.

I hate IE8...the software always asks for updates and won't settle if you don't make it default browser. Just so annoying

Neodan said,
I hate IE8...the software always asks for updates and won't settle if you don't make it default browser. Just so annoying

It gives you just as many messages if it isn't default as any other browser does.

Neodan said,
I hate IE8...the software always asks for updates and won't settle if you don't make it default browser. Just so annoying
Eh? I have no idea what you're talking about.

Updates are handled via Windows Update, and you get them every month anyway. IE8 does not keep requesting to be set as default browser.

greatestfall said,
chrome is a great browser, I was a diehard firefox user until I gave it a shot and I like it a ton better now.

Word!

greatestfall said,
chrome is a great browser, I was a diehard firefox user until I gave it a shot and I like it a ton better now.

In the time I have tried Chrome, I quite liked it and would like to switch to it. Unfortunately Firefox has me tied down to them because I use their Web Developer plug-in a lot. Unless their is something similar for Chrome.

jordan. said,

In the time I have tried Chrome, I quite liked it and would like to switch to it. Unfortunately Firefox has me tied down to them because I use their Web Developer plug-in a lot. Unless their is something similar for Chrome.

Chrome has a pretty sizable web developer GUI built-in. There's a menu for it, but the shortcut key is Ctrl+Shift+I.

I like IE8 (note that I'm posting this in Chrome [beta]). It's a good browser. Fast enough for what I need it to be. It doesn't have extensions, but I'm running Chrome now with just one extension, which happens to replicate IE8's Accelerators.

I'm not fan of Firefox. If I ever decide to ditch IE, it'll most likely be for Chrome. I guess I'll wait and see what Microsoft delivers with IE9. Hopefully I won't have to wait until IE9 to see where MS is going with its browser. I'd like a IE8.x release with some new interesting feature. Something!

JVF said,
I like IE8 (note that I'm posting this in Chrome [beta]). It's a good browser. Fast enough for what I need it to be. It doesn't have extensions, but I'm running Chrome now with just one extension, which happens to replicate IE8's Accelerators.

I'm not fan of Firefox. If I ever decide to ditch IE, it'll most likely be for Chrome. I guess I'll wait and see what Microsoft delivers with IE9. Hopefully I won't have to wait until IE9 to see where MS is going with its browser. I'd like a IE8.x release with some new interesting feature. Something!

Well, maybe they'll add more stuff to IE8 in SP1, until then we'll just have to wait for IE9.

Julius Caro said,
How did they get so many people to upgrade from 7 ? xD
Compatibility mode, and because the limitation for businesses is generally IE6 related, not IE7.

Kirkburn said,
Compatibility mode, and because the limitation for businesses is generally IE6 related, not IE7.
Indeed. If your site works on IE7, then you have no problem going to IE8 because of it's compatibility mode. Going from IE6 to IE7 is a different story though.

Well its about high time Microsoft forces people to upgrade to its lastest browsers. I think that feature should be inbuilt into the current browser to make users upgrade.. This is absurd!..

Microsoft always seems to have to compete with its own software lol - well thats better than competing otherwise anyway!

dimithrak said,
Well its about high time Microsoft forces people to upgrade to its lastest browsers. I think that feature should be inbuilt into the current browser to make users upgrade.. This is absurd!..

Yeah. Great idea. We'll break their old apps and force them to have them redeveloped. And if they run Windows 2000, Microsoft could ask for a credit card number on boot and windows update them to Windows 7!

Microsoft isn't forcing people to leave IE6, if they have need for app compatibility reasons.

Proof that Microsoft still offers IE6.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/downloads/default.mspx

HTML 5 doesn't work on FireFox 3.6. Tried the Youtube HTML 5 beta, and it kept saying my browser doesn't support it O__O

Ridlas said,
HTML 5 doesn't work on FireFox 3.6. Tried the Youtube HTML 5 beta, and it kept saying my browser doesn't support it O__O

FireFox support the video tag, but only for OGV videos, youtube simply uses encoding for video which is not supported by FF, doesn't mean FF don't support the technology itself.

Ridlas said,
HTML 5 doesn't work on FireFox 3.6. Tried the Youtube HTML 5 beta, and it kept saying my browser doesn't support it O__O

That's because Youtube uses H.264 video in HTML 5, and Firefox doesn't support it. It's a stupid licensing fight. Right now Google Chrome is the only browser to support both H.264 and Ogg in <video> tags. Youtube's HTML 5 will only work on Safari and Chrome right now. Mozilla doesn't want to pay licensing fees for H.264.

Ridlas said,
HTML 5 doesn't work on FireFox 3.6. Tried the Youtube HTML 5 beta, and it kept saying my browser doesn't support it O__O

HTML5 is more than video you know so don't make silly statements like that. If you meant the video tag in HTML 5 then the current spec doesn't say what codec should be used. Youtube just used whatever they already had since re-encoding all the videos would take a lot of computing power.

Edited by opensuse, Feb 2 2010, 9:16pm :

opensuse said,

HTML5 is more than video you know so don't make silly statements like that. If you meant the video tag in HTML 5 then the current spec doesn't say what codec should be used. Youtube just used whatever they already had since re-encoding all the videos would take a lot of computing power.


way to go HTML5...it is funny that most people think that html5 is a standard. it is not! it has not been approved yet and it is still in development. and wide spread adoption will take a lot of years!

zagor said,

way to go HTML5...it is funny that most people think that html5 is a standard. it is not! it has not been approved yet and it is still in development. and wide spread adoption will take a lot of years!

It's kind of a sticky situation. Read this article for more info: http://www.infoq.com/news/2010/01/youtube-html5

If you put firefox up against ie8 and add up firefox 3.0 and 3.5, its about the same as ie8. but IE in general is most popular. dam.

thealexweb said,
where's firefox 3.6 on that list?

I don't think enough people have made the jump yet for it to be on the list. It was just released and many add-ons still have issues. A lot of people are still holding out for them to get ironed out.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,

I don't think enough people have made the jump yet for it to be on the list. It was just released and many add-ons still have issues. A lot of people are still holding out for them to get ironed out.

yeh i suppose your right, i was updating all the software on my sisters laptop for the first time in ages and she was stilling running 3.0.x, oh dear.

warwagon said,
20% on IE6 is just frightening

It's somewhat Microsoft's fault, though (unless it's an anti-trust thing), but seriously, why the hell does XP Mode come with IE 6? Why does Windows XP SP3 ISO's come with IE 6?

Edited by Pharos, Feb 2 2010, 8:29pm :

Pharos said,

Why the hell does XP Mode come with IE 6?

Errm, because its a compatibility system. Why do you think XP mode exists?

warwagon said,
20% on IE6 is just frightening

It has nothing to do with that. The XP iso is still has ie6 "xp sp3" build.
XP mode will still prompt you to upgrade to IE7(well, 8 now) the moment it connects to windows update

Pharos said,

It's somewhat Microsoft's fault, though (unless it's an anti-trust thing), but seriously, why the hell does XP Mode come with IE 6? Why does Windows XP SP3 ISO's come with IE 6?

Cross-Browser testing ;D

warwagon said,
20% on IE6 is just frightening

Yep, I'd love to see what the percentages were for business/home users.

Pharos said,

It's somewhat Microsoft's fault, though (unless it's an anti-trust thing), but seriously, why the hell does XP Mode come with IE 6? Why does Windows XP SP3 ISO's come with IE 6?

Because that would prevent people/companies who require IE6 from upgrading to SP3.

Julius Caro said,

It has nothing to do with that. The XP iso is still has ie6 "xp sp3" build.
XP mode will still prompt you to upgrade to IE7(well, 8 now) the moment it connects to windows update

the answer is rediculously easy. Many companies still have tons of code that rely on IE6 companies need IE6 at this point. and they won't upgrade their code until they absolutely have to.

seta-san said,

the answer is rediculously easy. Many companies still have tons of code that rely on IE6 companies need IE6 at this point. and they won't upgrade their code until they absolutely have to.

That's the point - make them absolutely have to upgrade.