Internet Explorer makes more gains over Chrome in latest Net Applications report

Internet Explorer 11 may have officially launched just for Windows 8.1 users in October (the version for Windows 7 is still a preview build), but in terms of overall web browser market share, the IE family is well ahead of Chrome and Firefox, according to Net Applications. The latest numbers from the research firm show that in October, IE was being used by 58.22 percent of the desktop web browser users worldwide, up from 57.80 percent in September.

The same numbers show that Firefox resides in second place with 18.70 percent in October, up from 18.60 percent in September. Chrome is in third with 15.42 percent, down from 15.96 percent in September. In fact, October's numbers for Chrome are the lowest overall for Google's web browser family in over two years.

In terms of individual web browsers, IE8 is still in front with 21.76 percent, followed by IE10 with 18.94 percent, and Firefox 24 with 12.79 percent (Firefox 25 launched earlier this week). Chrome 30 was fourth with 10.45 percent.

IE11 is well behind many other browsers on the list at just 1.49 percent in October, but it should get a big boost when Microsoft launches the final version of the browser for Windows 7. Microsoft has already released an IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit for Windows 7, which is usually a sign that the final release is near.

Source: Net Applications via The Next Web | Image via Microsoft

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Internet Explorer 10 will never pass IE8, if it didn't happen this month, it won't happen anymore. IE11 will now start to take market share from IE10, while IE9 and IE10 users are automaticaly updated to IE11 on Windows 7 as soon as it is available. Windows 8 users will find their way to IE11 prety fast too. It's the first IE since IE7 that is replaced by the next version on all available Windows versions. IE11 will pass IE8, that's for sure now.

I think it's already accepted that IE8 is the new IE6.

But hey, at least it's got decent CSS 2.1 support that's compatible with Firefox and Chrome.

Google keeps denying their users on Windows 8 and Windows Phones... This serves them right. They made me and my family abandon Chrome. Besides, IE11 is very good.

Chrome is nose diving. It burned out so quickly and as it becomes less and less standards friendly with all the proprietary tags, codes and active-x clones it will only get worse.

Walrush said,
I wouldn't mind switching to IE, but no Pinned Tabs and not much in the way of Add-Ons stops me.

That's the thing that is a let down with IE - Metro aside - changes over the past few years have been largely under the hood with very little in the way of new UI and features. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but Joe Public would be hard pushed to spot whether they were using IE 9 or IE 11. Certainly plug-ins is IE's Achillies heal IMHO - plus lack of iOS and Android versions.

Walrush said,
I wouldn't mind switching to IE, but no Pinned Tabs and not much in the way of Add-Ons stops me.

That's the thing that is a let down with IE - Metro aside - changes over the past few years have been largely under the hood with very little in the way of new UI and features. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but Joe Public would be hard pushed to spot whether they were using IE 9 or IE 11. Certainly plug-ins is IE's Achillies heal IMHO - plus lack of iOS and Android versions.

ie11 is finally good enough that I can use it for 90% of my web browsing needs (ad block ad on finally works halfway decently). I mostly use chrome for searching...... torrent sites >_>

Wapoz said,
ie11 is finally good enough that I can use it for 90% of my web browsing needs (ad block ad on finally works halfway decently). I mostly use chrome for searching...... torrent sites >_>

I use Chrome to watch US Netflix from Canada

Thingol said,
IE 11 is pretty good indeed, but not compatible with many sites.

if you have issues with some sites, remember to try to add these sites to the IE7 compatibility mode.

the compatibility mode button that used to stand in the address bar has been removed, but the underlying feature can still be accessed by pressing ALT (to display the menu bar), and clicking on Tools menu. The compatibility list option is located in that menu.

link8506 said,

if you have issues with some sites, remember to try to add these sites to the IE7 compatibility mode.

the compatibility mode button that used to stand in the address bar has been removed, but the underlying feature can still be accessed by pressing ALT (to display the menu bar), and clicking on Tools menu. The compatibility list option is located in that menu.

I wonder though how many of those issues with sites that IE11 is said to have would go away if the sites didn't know it was IE and thought it was FF or Chrome? It sounds to me like many sites don't bother to check for a specific IE version and just treat any IE as 6 or 7 and toss out quirks and say to hell with it.

Spicoli said,
I guess less people are getting snagged by the adobe "install chrome and make it the default" sneak install?

yep that was sneaky. I did an uninstall instantly after that; couldn't find a way during the install process to NOT install Chrome

Raa said,
Don't people use the full installers?

Google doesn't exactly provide the 'full installers' in a visible way but then again Microsoft did that for years with their own software with Adobe being even worse of 'lets download a downloader so you can download a downloader via the downloader to get Acrobat'. Bah, they're not exactly making it easier for the end user to get the software and remain up to date.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Google doesn't exactly provide the 'full installers'


I meant for Adobe. (And they do provide them - without bloatware)

Spicoli said,
I guess less people are getting snagged by the adobe "install chrome and make it the default" sneak install?

My dad uses chrome. This is how he started to use chrome.

Yup...and will continue to do so as long as WP market share increases and with tablets getting more and more popular, no surprise to me.

I wish they would fix the ugly font rendering in IE and also add proper plugin support. As it stands it's much more snappier than Chrome or Firefox.

lolneowin said,
I wish they would fix the ugly font rendering in IE and also add proper plugin support. As it stands it's much more snappier than Chrome or Firefox.

For windows IE has better font rendering than other browsers ..

PratimGhosh86 said,

For windows IE has better font rendering than other browsers ..

Agreed. I wish the other browsers were as good as IE at font rendering.

PratimGhosh86 said,

For windows IE has better font rendering than other browsers ..

Yeah, every time I have use another browser the first thing I notice is how bad the fonts look.

PratimGhosh86 said,

For windows IE has better font rendering than other browsers ..

Um, no. Currently on Windows 8/8.1 Firefox has the best font rendering.

Firefox is using Directwrite and GDI according to what fonts and size each site is using. You get the best possible results no matter what.

Chrome is using only GDI like we're in XP era, but at least it's soft and much better than Internet Explorer's. They have an open bug to implement Directwrite since 2009 like Firefox, but still nothing.

IE is using only a completely different technique. It's the same on Metro, Metro Apps, Metro & Desktop IE. Unofurtanely they tied this ugly, eye-hurting font rendering on Desktop IE. You can't do anything to fix the situation... I mean, you can't try to play with Cleartype or disable Hardware Acceleration etc. This font rendering looks kinda better on Tablets with high PPI/DPI monitors. Generally on 8/8.1 PC users have been left out in the cold:
http://answers.microsoft.com/e...5c-8b9c-4862806ea94a?page=1

The quality of the font rendering is in the eye of the beholder.

I switch between Windows 7 and Windows 8 most days and I don't notice the difference now.

Raylan Givens said,

Um, no. Currently on Windows 8/8.1 Firefox has the best font rendering.

Firefox is using Directwrite and GDI according to what fonts and size each site is using. You get the best possible results no matter what.

Chrome is using only GDI like we're in XP era, but at least it's soft and much better than Internet Explorer's. They have an open bug to implement Directwrite since 2009 like Firefox, but still nothing.

IE is using only a completely different technique. It's the same on Metro, Metro Apps, Metro & Desktop IE. Unofurtanely they tied this ugly, eye-hurting font rendering on Desktop IE. You can't do anything to fix the situation... I mean, you can't try to play with Cleartype or disable Hardware Acceleration etc. This font rendering looks kinda better on Tablets with high PPI/DPI monitors. Generally on 8/8.1 PC users have been left out in the cold:
http://answers.microsoft.com/e...5c-8b9c-4862806ea94a?page=1

Personally, I think IE is the clear winner on font rendering, and Chrome is the worst. It may vary from monitor to monitor (especially older laptops with lower resolution), but on 1080p and higher, IE's antialiasing just looks so good -- in some cases, easier to read than font rendering from graphics packages.

Talys said,

Personally, I think IE is the clear winner on font rendering, and Chrome is the worst. It may vary from monitor to monitor (especially older laptops with lower resolution), but on 1080p and higher, IE's antialiasing just looks so good -- in some cases, easier to read than font rendering from graphics packages.


This.

I am a fan of the way Chrome renders fonts, I find those rendered by directwrite / D2D to be annoyingly blurry.

Spicoli said,
I haven't really noticed font issues, but it would be nice to have adblockplus reliable. I had to turn it off after going to IE11.

"Tracking Protection Lists" have been as good for me as adblockplus. Maybe there's something that adblock does that I'm not aware of, but for someone that wants to only see content they work very well.

See: http://i.imgur.com/SvCCgON.png

In IE's, all letters have same "thinkness/strokes" while Chrome's have different. For example, notice how the "1080p" text in chrome's is looking extremely bad.

If you look at "individual" letters, then yes, chrome's one (afaik, GDI) looks sharp. But you do not read letter by letter. Humans read word by word. When you try to read the texts instead of focusing on individual letters,

IE's rendering is more pleasing to eye and easily recognizable. But there is a big condition: you must view the monitor from proper angle.

Since IE's one is antialiased for best viewing from normal angle/distance, if you view the monitor from too high/low angles, it appears blurry as ****. Chrome's one appears same.

I prefer IE's font rendering to both Chrome and Firefox. I think people who complain about it mostly use lower DPI displays. Both my laptop and desktop displays are 1080p (or higher) and fonts look great. On my old dell XPS 17 (which was somewhere between 720p and 1080p), fonts didn't look so great in IE10+ but with most newer machines having higher and higher resolutions, I think they're doing the right thing, whatever they're doing differently.

According to GlobalStats, IE is also rizing again. The IE-team deserves it. They did an amazing job those last 3 years.

after years of ignorance and releasing crappy versions such as IE5 or IE6, they really did a good job for past recent years. In fact new version of IE are more adopted to W3C standards than web-kit based browsers such as chrome. (for e.g in css they use W3C norm instead of adding individual tags like webkit-xxx ...)

That's probably the high number of migrations from older OSes to Windows 8.1 where IE11 runs super uber smoothly.

Riva said,
That's probably the high number of migrations from older OSes to Windows 8.1 where IE11 runs super uber smoothly.

actually IE10 already feels almost as fast as IE11.

but lot of people find IE11 much faster than IE10 because by default, every legacy plug-ins that were often causing crashes and slowdowns in previous versions of IE are now disabled.

this is a side effect of the new Enhanced protected mode sandbox being enabled by default on IE Desktop (it was disabled by default in win8.0). As a result, toolbars and other crappy addons that are installed by 3rd party programs are now now disabled because they haven't been updated to be compatible with the new sandbox.

of course that won't last forever, because companies behind the much hated toolbars will publish updates to make their crap compatible with enhanced protected mode at some point.