Internet Explorer 9 makes user share gains in Windows 7

Microsoft is putting its own spin on new PC web browser usage statistics that were released this morning. In a post on the official Internet Explorer web site, Microsoft's Roger Capriotti said that Internet Explorer 9 now commands 20.4 percent of the worldwide PC web browser market running on Windows 7, compared to 18.3 percent for Google's Chrome browser and 13.2 percent for Mozilla's Firefox. The numbers look even better for the US with IE9 commanding 27.7 percent of web browser usage compared to 12.7 percent for Chrome and 11.3 percent for Firefox.

Those user stats come from the Netmarketshare.com web site. However a closer look at the raw numbers for the month of August shows that Internet Explorer 9 still has a long way to go before it becomes the most popular browser. The stats that show different web browser versions worldwide, regardless of the operating system, have Internet Explorer 8 as the most used web browser with just over 30 percent of the market.  Chrome comes in second with 10.63 percent, followed by IE 6.0 with 9.73 percent and Firefox 5.0 with 7.97 percent. Internet Explorer 9 shows up in fifth place with just 7.91 percent of the web browser usage share for August.

If you look at the usage numbers for web browsers if you combine all of the versions of the various programs, Internet Explore is number one with 55.31 percent for the month of August. Firefox is second with 22.57 percent and Chrome is third with 15.51 percent.

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I'm using IE9 at home because there is a native 64 bit version, and only switch to a 32 bit browser if I have to.

i used to never use ie instead chrome, but after trying ie 9 i see no difference, it seems just as fast and sleek with a clean ui. I use ie 9 all the time now.

"The numbers look even better for the US with IE9 commanding 27.7" / 20.4...
I guess one of the reasons for this 7.3% is Bing, apart from the still better US search results, the language switch is still ugly.

I always used FF, than move to IE9 and now I perfer it. It does crash rarely but every browser does. IMO IE9 has the best GUI. IE 7 & IE8 where always garbage. Can't wait for IE10.

tytytucke said,
I always used FF, than move to IE9 and now I perfer it. It does crash rarely but every browser does. IMO IE9 has the best GUI. IE 7 & IE8 where always garbage. Can't wait for IE10.
I really agree with you.

Stup0t said,
I use IE9, these figures are probably due to the corporate peeps migrating to windows 7.

IE9 is great for downloading Firefox Portable!

hmmm ... i only have ie9 due to updates, but i cannot get myself to use it

--- people that use it might be part because they dono of any other browsers for whatever reason, or maybe for their usage, it already does evrything

I'm someone who knows plenty of other browsers, I even have chrome and firefox installed, but I prefer IE9. Firefox, well, it isn't sandboxed (and is a difficult to use and insecure to hack it on) and it's fonts look like crap. IE9 also has font issues, but there is an easy mechanism to disable the hardware acceleration that causes it on a specific web page, if firefox has this I must've missed it. Chrome, well it just don't look nice, and it has minimum if any hardware acceleration. About the only thing IE9 lacks is good add-on support, but I find almost all the add-ons I use in firefox and chrome are either available for IE9 (like lastpass) or are to make firefox and chrome behave more like IE9 (bookmark menu for chrome, that allows middle clicking to open links, and so on and having frequently visited web sites on a new tab page, etc.) My experience with IE9 has been that it's really stable, I think in my huge usage of it since release I've had to kill it with task manager only once due to 'zombiefication' unlike firefox which does it constantly. Chrome would be my #2 browser, but the lack of hardware acceleation is kinda a step down imo as I said.

yeah i understand what you are saying, but for me font are not of a concern. i mostly want something customizable and os independent
(i have not noticed a diff between hardware acc. or not acc.

J_R_G said,
Firefox, well, it isn't sandboxed (and is a difficult to use and insecure to hack it on) and it's fonts look like crap. IE9 also has font issues, but there is an easy mechanism to disable the hardware acceleration that causes it on a specific web page, if firefox has this I must've missed it. s I said.

On Firefox 7, the fonts not only became perfect again, like 3.6.x or Chrome versions... But still are Hardware Accelerated. You don't have to disable HWA anywhere. Fx 7 isn't far away. Right now the beta is in very good condition. Also, there are paremeters in about:config which you can set many different options about.

Just saying. "Memory Hog" and "Crappy Fonts" both, these terms many dudes love to scream all over the internet, gone. Many better things coming. In version 9, Fx will be King in every aspect. Now unfortunately, you've to find somthing else, new, to bitch on, 'cause your arguments will be invalid.

J_R_G said,
IE9 also has font issues, but there is an easy mechanism to disable the hardware acceleration that causes it on a specific web page, if firefox has this I must've missed it.

in about:config set gfx.direct2d.disabled = true;

HomuSErectruS said,

On Firefox 7, the fonts not only became perfect again, like 3.6.x or Chrome versions... But still are Hardware Accelerated. You don't have to disable HWA anywhere. Fx 7 isn't far away. Right now the beta is in very good condition. Also, there are paremeters in about:config which you can set many different options about.

Just saying. "Memory Hog" and "Crappy Fonts" both, these terms many dudes love to scream all over the internet, gone. Many better things coming. In version 9, Fx will be King in every aspect. Now unfortunately, you've to find somthing else, new, to bitch on, 'cause your arguments will be invalid.

Oh right, cuz I just wanna bitch about FF and not use the best browser in my opinion. Everyone lies but FF users, I guess. And what of the sandboxing then, smart guy? "Not needed" is what you'll fire back no doubt. I did give FF a chance, and I complain about it because I want it fixed, sorry life has jaded you so much that you have nothing but the most cynical view of anyone's freakin opinion.

If FF could fix the very SHORT list of complaints I have, I would gladly use it as the customization ability in FF is second to none.

leeoniya said,

in about:config set gfx.direct2d.disabled = true;

Right, I know about that, but IE9 lets you do it on a page by page basis, where as as far as I can tell FF only lets you do it globally.

Sorry for 3 posts, but I just wanted to say, thanks for the tip about firefox 9 nightly, I downloaded it and using it now and it's pretty cool, I'll see how it goes. And indeed the fonts do look good without disabling hardware acceleration. IE definitely needs to do whatever FF 9 does there.

J_R_G said,
Sorry for 3 posts, but I just wanted to say, thanks for the tip about firefox 9 nightly, I downloaded it and using it now and it's pretty cool, I'll see how it goes. And indeed the fonts do look good without disabling hardware acceleration. IE definitely needs to do whatever FF 9 does there.

Firefox 9? It's only two minutes ago that we were on Firefox 4!

HomuSErectruS said,

Just saying. "Memory Hog" and "Crappy Fonts" both, these terms many dudes love to scream all over the internet, .

People love to scream it because it's true. FF does memory leak a lot. If you let it open for one week while working it can take as much as 1GB of ram.

IE is also guilty of this but will never erach the same number as FF. I've seen IE at 300-400MB but not more.

IE 9 is a huge improvement over the crappy IE7 and barely okay IE8.

But it took so much time for MS to get to where their competitors was that i have hard time switching back to IE. I mean come on was it that hard to make a download manager ?

IE 9 is still missing some features i consider important. I might have missed them though but i did not find any option to block automatic redirection in IE9 like i can do in FF. And god knows i hate automatic redirection. IE 9 pop-up blocker seems to be more liberal than FF one too.

I'm using Chorme right now. IMO it's the best browser out there. Hardware acc is overrated. Most website right now don't make use of it. And it's completely useless for websites i'm working on. A good JS engine and rendering engine is much more valuable and Chrome JS and rendering engine is top of the class.

LaP said,
People love to scream it because it's true. FF does memory leak a lot. If you let it open for one week while working it can take as much as 1GB of ram..

If you use an older version perhaps, but not any more. It's pretty good with its resource usage now.