Internet Explorer 8 market share on the rise

IE6 Spoiled Milk

The Windows Team Blog points us to a report browser usage showing that Internet Explorer 8 usage is on the rise throughout the world.

With all versions of Internet Explorer accounted for, Microsoft's share of users actually dropped from last month by .34% but usage of Internet Explorer 8 climbed 1.17% to account for 32.04% of the whole IE share of 60.4%. Chrome's share grew by 0.36% to 7.52% from last month and Firefox had a slight gain of 0.02% to 22.93% worldwide. This is a nice change for Firefox as they have been slowing losing market share for the past few months. In January of this year Firefox had 24.43% of the market.

The study reported that, "Internet Explorer 6 share declined 0.87% to 16.99%.  Share of the nearly decade-old Internet Explorer 6 fell below 5% in Europe and is nearing 5% in many developed markets such as U.S., UK and France.  The major holdout for IE6 is China with over 46% share (50.5% if you include editions), which is significantly skewing global share."

Microsoft says that those still using Internet Explorer 6 are, "concentrated in developing or emerging markets as well as enterprises with substantial application dependencies that take time to migrate." With IE9 on the way Microsoft is doing all it can to move users away from IE6, the browser they liken to spoiled milk.

The beta for IE9 is expected to be released in a couple of weeks, but while you wait Microsoft has offered the IE Test Drive Site where you can see some of the features you have to look forward to in IE9. Internet Explorer Platform Preview requires Windows Vista or Windows 7.

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ShMaunder said,
This surly can only be going up the same rate as new computers being sold with Windows 7. I deal with a lot of older systems (P4's etc), and it really shows up just how slow and awful of a product this is (compared to a webkit based browser or firefox). Sure, IE8 improves on standards and makes web dev a lot easier from previous versions of IE, but the rendering/processing speeds are damn awful. With systems of today, the hardware is able to cope with the extra overhead of IE8 without causing any significant performance degrades. IE9 on the other hand looks to be a breath of fresh air for IE, just a shame that it wasn't developed for XP as the last IE.
Just to add, this comment is my opinion.

An opinion I wholeheartedly agree with. I imagine a sizable portion of the increase in IE8 market-share comes from IT departments deploying IE8 to their workstations.

We still run Windows XP for the most part. Furthermore, at least half of our desktop hardware inventory has Pentium 4 processors (which all support EM64T. . that would be a trip). About six months ago we began upgrading all workstations to IE8. While it's nice to have a browser that is not close to a decade old, IE8's javascript performance is horrible. I dare say it impacts performance more than Flash. Flash and IE8's Javascript powers combined result in processor utilization that regularly jumps to 100% for extended periods of time, sometimes up to a minute or more, just when loading a web page. We have also found that users on our oldest workstations regularly kill Internet Explorer processes out of impatience. This is on workstations that have been upgraded to 2 gigabytes of RAM to stem the tide of performance complaints.

To be entirely honest, I can't help but suspect that the performance issues are limited to XP. I am anxious to see how IE8 performs under Windows 7 on these P4 workstations.

This surly can only be going up the same rate as new computers being sold with Windows 7. I deal with a lot of older systems (P4's etc), and it really shows up just how slow and awful of a product this is (compared to a webkit based browser or firefox). Sure, IE8 improves on standards and makes web dev a lot easier from previous versions of IE, but the rendering/processing speeds are damn awful. With systems of today, the hardware is able to cope with the extra overhead of IE8 without causing any significant performance degrades. IE9 on the other hand looks to be a breath of fresh air for IE, just a shame that it wasn't developed for XP as the last IE.
Just to add, this comment is my opinion.

Since I wont drink milk more than a week old...I guess unless you're using a nightly, you're drinking sour milk?
Ok, bad joke aside, I haven't like IE since IE6...I do have 8 installed, just don't use it. Opera user. Though really, some people do need to upgrade lol (Hides the fact this is being written on WinXP)

I think this is because people want to try out and see if IE is for them - or not. It has done pretty well on the news site and so on, but it doesn't mean all users will stay with it...

Jose_49 said,
Where the hell is Opera?

Opera Software made a big mistake some years ago... The big (stupid) banner on the top-right of the screen.

I much prefer Firefox over Chrome or IE. Although I can see why IE would gain ground lately, due to all the new versions of Firefox and Chrome... every time there is a minor update to them, it breaks all your extensions/addons.

Chrome actually isn't very user friendly due to how everything is changed in it. Its an annoying pain just trying to figure out how to bookmark a page using Chrome. Thats just pathetic. And they hide all the common buttons that people use.

TC17 said,
Chrome actually isn't very user friendly due to how everything is changed in it. Its an annoying pain just trying to figure out how to bookmark a page using Chrome. Thats just pathetic. And they hide all the common buttons that people use.

While I understand that Chrome is different than other browsers, I don't agree that it's not "user friendly". Like anything else, you just have to get used to the interface and you may begin to see the advantages.

Glen said,

While I understand that Chrome is different than other browsers, I don't agree that it's not "user friendly". Like anything else, you just have to get used to the interface and you may begin to see the advantages.

Yes, and an octagon is a perfectly valid shape for a wheel. You just have to get used to the bumpiness all the time.

TC17 said,

Chrome actually isn't very user friendly due to how everything is changed in it. Its an annoying pain just trying to figure out how to bookmark a page using Chrome. Thats just pathetic. And they hide all the common buttons that people use.

I agree. Although Chrome isn't a bad browser per se, it's still far too simplistic, especially for power users. For goodness sakes, image animation can't even be disabled!

Some people don't need fancy add-ons or themes, they just need to get on the internet. For them, IE8 is safe and worth the upgrady.

ccoltmanm said,
Some people don't need fancy add-ons or themes, they just need to get on the internet. For them, IE8 is safe and worth the upgrady.

+1

I don't know what web pages everyone is looking at but I have been an Internet Explorer user for 10 years plus now and never had a problem. Keeping your system up to date with the latest critical updates, and a good firewall/antivirus/malware protector (all of which you should have anyway). Again, never had a single problem.

stormchaser2010 said,

+1

I don't know what web pages everyone is looking at but I have been an Internet Explorer user for 10 years plus now and never had a problem. Keeping your system up to date with the latest critical updates, and a good firewall/antivirus/malware protector (all of which you should have anyway). Again, never had a single problem.

And with Windows 7 you get a great firewall, IE8 and if you add Microsoft Security Essentials you are done.

rrode74 said,

And with Windows 7 you get a great firewall, IE8 and if you add Microsoft Security Essentials you are done.

Ya, generally speaking, when my security software screams at me, it's Java related, and will happen just as often in Opera as it will in IE. Funny, that.

ccoltmanm said,
Some people don't need fancy add-ons or themes, they just need to get on the internet. For them, IE8 is safe and worth the upgrady.

As far as I'm concerned, Adblock Plus and flash block are a necessity if you wish to actually enjoy your browsing experience. Why do you think so many people flocked to Firefox in the first place?

The increase could go hand in hand with increase in Windows deployments on new computer growth. So as more new computers are deployed around the globe, so does windows & IE.

Not that users are requesting IE, but just acquired it under circumstances.

nidaros said,
The increase could go hand in hand with increase in Windows deployments on new computer growth. So as more new computers are deployed around the globe, so does windows & IE.

Not that users are requesting IE, but just acquired it under circumstances.

however you want to put it, but IE has been on the rise for about 3 months now. so I guess those who "acquired it under circumstances" chose to stay with it. personally can't wait to give IE9 a spin.

ctrl_alt_delete said,

however you want to put it, but IE has been on the rise for about 3 months now. so I guess those who "acquired it under circumstances" chose to stay with it. personally can't wait to give IE9 a spin.

Actually it's down to seasonal variations according to the trends from past years. Lets see if it's still growing in december shall we?

dare i say ie6 is to the internet what windows xp is to microsoft? the thing just won't die (yet) lol. but it's good to see it's finally fading out of sight

Educated Idiot said,
That's nice. Still not using IE.

Nice try, MS!


<<snipped> No Personal Attacks.

Edited by xendrome, Sep 1 2010, 7:35pm : Personal Attacks

1) So IE6 was out of date as soon as it launched was it? The use by date on milk carton fails.

2) Comparing Microsoft newest stable browsers against legacy versions of Firefox and Safari isn't fair at all.

thealexweb said,
1) So IE6 was out of date as soon as it launched was it? The use by date on milk carton fails.

2) Comparing Microsoft newest stable browsers against legacy versions of Firefox and Safari isn't fair at all.


That picture is actually quite old, came out in like May 2010. So back then there was no firefox 4 and safari 5

/- Razorfold said,

That picture is actually quite old, came out in like May 2010. So back then there was no firefox 4 and safari 5

Still says Firefox 3, no mention of 3.6.

thealexweb said,

Still says Firefox 3, no mention of 3.6.


It's supposed to be an advertisement to get people to stop using IE6. You're reading far too deeply into it lol.

MS always uses trickery to reassure users about security problems. Remember that so called fact sheet about GNU/Linux they were using to train sales employees. Complete and utter spin. Don't expect microsoft to be honest about security any time soon.

minkcar said,
yey!
Yey to what? LOL The ad says

... Internet Explorer 8 caught socially engineered malware 85% of the time compared to ...

I would have worded this better.