Internet Explorer gains usage share globally in June

Net Applications released their usage share numbers for June on Thursday and Internet Explorer has gained 0.57% share worldwide.

Continuing the trend from May, when IE gained usage share in the United States, the share worldwide has also increased in June. In a blog posting on Thursday, Ryan Gavin, Senior Director of Internet Explorer Business and Marketing, said the share increase was encouraging. "Usage share is simply one of several ways we evaluate our progress with IE. We certainly don’t judge our business on just two months of data but the direction here is encouraging."

In July 2009, Microsoft proposed a ballot screen to allow users to pick their default browser in Windows XP, Vista and 7. The European Commission accepted Microsoft's plans in December 2009 after the software giant agreed to randomize the ballot screen due to several complaints from rival software companies. The browser ballot screen eventually rolled out in March across Europe. Early indications showed that Internet Explorer 8 was losing market share initially. June's Net App share results show that IE usage share gained .88% in Europe this month.

Microsoft is currently developing its next update to Internet Explorer, version 9. Early platform preview releases have been downloaded more than 2 million times by developers. Microsoft originally unveiled Internet Explorer 9 at PDC 2009. IE 9 will take advantage of the power of the GPU for all page rendering and developers can exploit this using CSS, DHTML and javascript. A new JS engine (codenamed Chakra) will also be built into Internet Explorer 9 with greater interoperability and standards support all round. Features such as rounded corner CSS support will be built in.

Microsoft is also planning broader support for HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 through its new script engine. Microsoft recently performed W3C Web Standards tests on IE9, including HTML5, SVG 1.1 2nd edition, CSS3 media queries, CSS3 borders & backgrounds, CSS3 selectors, DOM level 3 core, DOM level 3 events and DOM level 2 style. Microsoft, with the help of W3C, performed a total of 192 tests on a variety of browsers. Internet Explorer 9 scored 100% in all eight tests, while every other browser, except Firefox in DOM level 2 style tests, didn't score perfect in any of the test categories.

Microsoft originally began scouting for Internet Explorer 9 beta testers in March. Neowin understands that Microsoft will introduce a beta of Internet Explorer 9 in August.

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Meh. Less than 1% and it's barely worth mentioning, nevermind dedicating a whole article about it. But then again this is neowin.net ^^. Considering IE has lost over 40% marketshare, this doesn't even register. Come back to me when they post three consecutive months of gains > 1%

LoveThePenguin said,
Meh. Less than 1% and it's barely worth mentioning, nevermind dedicating a whole article about it. But then again this is neowin.net ^^. Considering IE has lost over 40% marketshare, this doesn't even register. Come back to me when they post three consecutive months of gains > 1%

But when Steve Jobs sends out one email to a customer it is worthy?

Har har har. Funny one.

I couldn't help to LOL after seeing "Attacks on unpatched Windows XP vulnerability increase rapidly" next to this IE news.

lordcanti86 said,
MS: Suck it, EU

Apple and Linux are free to setup any browser they want in Europe, this law should've been on every OS. not just windows

Roberticus said,
All the summer workers forced to use Internet explorer at work...?

Considering most schools use IE and school is not in session (at least in the US), wouldn't the trend be in the other direction?

The gs.statcounter.com stats seem out of wack somehow. Apparently IE8 in the UK has nosedived and IE6 and IE7 are coming back with a vengeance.

Hmm funny, maybe because more PC's were sold? Anyway, I think they will gain more marketshare when IE9 comes out.

Maybe it's because people dropped IE6, then got like IE8 and was like welcome to the interwebs!
But would be interesting to see market share around the time IE9 releases

tunafish said,
Maybe it's because people dropped IE6, then got like IE8 and was like welcome to the interwebs!
But would be interesting to see market share around the time IE9 releases

Not sure how that works. If they dropped IE6 and moved to IE8 it would be equal marketshare.

mackenziepricee said,

Not sure how that works. If they dropped IE6 and moved to IE8 it would be equal marketshare.


Many users who switched from IE6 to Firefox/opera/safari switched back to IE8. And probably more will start using IE9, as even the development build of IE9 gives so much increased power to a browser unlike any other browser, FF/Chrome will not even come CLOSE by a long shot.

It would be funny if IE still continues to top all the other browsers in Europe after the ballot screen and all the drama put up by Opera and others

I think this is pretty much the case. I couldn't spot a difference with the naked eye when looking at the graphs other than a slight trough and subsequent peak as those users stopped experimenting on the 24 hour period after the update was pushed out.

There was no exodus.

DonC said,
I think this is pretty much the case. I couldn't spot a difference with the naked eye when looking at the graphs other than a slight trough and subsequent peak as those users stopped experimenting on the 24 hour period after the update was pushed out.

There was no exodus.

I remember saying something to this effect in a forum here a few months back, when the ballot screen started getting pushed out--that we'd probably see a dip initially, but that ultimately that trend wouldn't continue over a longer period of time.

And so here we are...

Ely said,
It would be funny if IE still continues to top all the other browsers in Europe after the ballot screen and all the drama put up by Opera and others

they didnt even lose a % because of it, almost all people i know just clicked it away as they didnt give a rats ass. Some tried out Firefox, but still use IE mainly.

Well with all the advertising it doesn't surprise me. They need to keep it up after the release of IE9 too I suspect they will.

mad_onion said,
Well with all the advertising it doesn't surprise me. They need to keep it up after the release of IE9 too I suspect they will.

I can't wait for the first IE9 beta, I hope it's sooner rather then later. Sometime in July sounds good to me.

Panda X said,
Just to let everyone know that this was a joke. I don't need a lecture on how it's not.

;-)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behavior. People who have it may appear very stubborn.

Temper tantrums, stealing, bullying, and vandalism are some of key symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder.

ODD children may present as negative, defiant, unable to take "no" for an answer, deliberately annoying others, easily annoyed themselves, blaming others for all that goes wrong.

scorpio_on_blue_moon said,

;-)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behavior. People who have it may appear very stubborn.

Temper tantrums, stealing, bullying, and vandalism are some of key symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder.

ODD children may present as negative, defiant, unable to take "no" for an answer, deliberately annoying others, easily annoyed themselves, blaming others for all that goes wrong.


lol.

Panda X said,

Just to let everyone know that this was a joke. I don't need a lecture on how it's not.

Gotta love the neowin community