Internet Explorer 9 gains Windows 7 users in February

As they always do at the beginning of each month, Microsoft made a new post on the official Internet Explorer blog site to talk about the latest gains that its Internet Explorer 9 web browser has made with Windows 7-based PC users. Today, the blog announced that, based on data from Net Applications, IE 9 now has 30.1 percent of the worldwide web browser market share for Windows 7, compared to 18.9 percent for Google's Chrome 17 browser and 21.9 percent for Mozilla's Firefox 10.

In the US, IE 9 has 40.9 percent of the web browser market share for Windows 7 PC users, compared to 16.8 percent for Firefox 10 and just 12.5 percent for Chrome 17.

Overall, the Net Applications web site shows that in February, Internet Explorer 8 was still the number one most used web browser in the world with 27.85 percent of the market share, followed by IE 9 with 12.60 percent. Firefox 10 came in third with 8.44 percent, followed closely by Chrome 16 with 8.09 percent and Chrome 17 with 8.06 percent.

Of course, Microsoft just launched the new version of Internet Explorer 10 for users of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It will be interesting to see how many people will be using IE 10 in the next month.

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Because IE9 is the best antivirus?

Is this because?
a.) Many web pages do not work with it.
b.) MS really does not care about older browsers past basic functionality.
c.) Forget about IE8 altogether, IE10 needs work!

justmike said,
Because IE9 is the best antivirus?

Is this because?
a.) Many web pages do not work with it.
b.) MS really does not care about older browsers past basic functionality.
c.) Forget about IE8 altogether, IE10 needs work!

I agree. IE9 is a lousy antivirus

ray_bk said,
Not a surprise because Windows 7 forces to update to IE9 if Automatic Update is turned on.

Other browsers auto-update as well, what's your point?
Even though older IE versions are still more used than IE9 in comparison to older Chrome versions, Firefox versions etc..

McoreD said,
Have you ever considered it is probably because users moved to Chrome 18 and Chrome 19?

Point well made, I'd like some clarification on the Chrome results.

This isn't a good thing. IE is still poor with supporting the latest technologies. Although a lot better, I fail to understand how they lag behind Chrome, Opera and Firefox so much in relation to CSS and HTML.

SPARTdAN said,
This isn't a good thing. IE is still poor with supporting the latest technologies. Although a lot better, I fail to understand how they lag behind Chrome, Opera and Firefox so much in relation to CSS and HTML.

They don't.

In IE9, they implemented as much parts of HTML5/CSS/Jscript as possible.
However, most parts of these standards are drafts, and they will be drafts for a long time, and website created today using these draft implementation may not work properly in a few years.

http://www.neowin.net/news/int...irst-html5-conformance-test
http://www.engadget.com/2010/1...ility-crowns-ie9-the-champ/

Firefox/chrome/opera are trying to implement as much parts of the drafts as possible, but they don't care about the quality of the implementation, probably because people care more about quantity than quality and are relying on poor metrics like the score on html5test.com (which only measures the quantity of features implemented, not their compliance with the w3c drafts)

Microsoft is implementing a little less things in IE10, but they do it better, in a more standard compliant way than the 3 others, as shown by the W3C test cases :
http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter/

read this if you want to know what happens when browser makers care more about html5test.com score than real world development:

http://blog.millermedeiros.com/ipad-is-the-new-ie6/

Looks like another IE hater just got owned

You should watch the latest IE10 PP5 video on the blog, they talk about one of their latest test pages (http://ietestdrive2.com/OfflineSocialAlbums/) and how they are the first to properly support it. Also last I checked, IE9 (at the time of release) passed test262 (http://test262.ecmascript.org/) with the highest result of any browser, now IE10 is doing even better at the updated version of test262.

Time to wake up and smell the coffee, it's not IE6 anymore.

it won't be interesting to see how many people are using IE10 in the next month as those will just be people testing win8 as there is no new preview of ie10 out for win7 still.

I read the title of this article as "Internet Explorer 9 gains 7 users in February" and chuckled.

x9_ said,
I read the title of this article as "Internet Explorer 9 gains 7 users in February" and chuckled.

Me too :-)

x9_ said,
I read the title of this article as "Internet Explorer 9 gains 7 users in February" and chuckled.

Same here, they should never gain that many users.
(kidding, IE9 user here)