Internet Explorer market share up in March; IE10 up to 2.93 percent

Microsoft launched the final version of Internet Explorer 10 just over a month ago for Windows 7 PCs but even with a new TV commercial campaign promoting the browser, it seems that IE10 has a long way to go.

The latest numbers from Net Applications shows that IE10 was used by 2.93 percent of users worldwide in March 2013. That's compared to 1.57 percent in February. IE8 is still the most used browser version worldwide with 23.23 percent in March, down from 23.38 percent in February. IE9 was second with 20.62 percent of the browser market share in March, down from 21.67 percent in February.

In terms of overall web browsers, regardless of version number, Net Applications says that Internet Explorer had 55.83 percent of the market in March, up just one-one hundredth of one percent compared to February. Mozilla's Firefox was number two in March with 20.21 percent, compared to 20.12 in February.

Google's Chrome web browser held 16.45 percent of the market in March, putting it in the third position. That's a slight rise compared to the 16.27 percent it held in February. Safari had a market share of 5.31 percent in March compared to 5.24 percent in February, while Opera dropped to 1.74 percent in March compared to 1.82 percent in February.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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Speaking as a web developer, IE 10 is a very good browser. It has a very fast and reasonably stable Javascript engine. It has decent HTML 5 Tags support (still not as good as WebKit based browsers though). There are couple of things they still need to take care. First is faster release cycle and a decent way of Plugin Support. I hope in IE 11 They add those as well.

All those WinXP users with IE8 are about to be forced out since Microsoft wont support IE8 in the next wave of products so lets see how the market plays. I bet its Win7/IE10

I'm back to using IE as my main browser, which is something I have not done since IE5 so it has been a long time. Firefox has just gone downhill so much that I finally gave up on it and I never really liked Chrome very much but IE10, I was pretty surprised at how good it really is.

Yes Firefox appears to be taking forever to start. Page loading is also slow. Been standards compliant isn't enough anymore.

Hope the IE8 market share drops a little more. IE9+ (especially 10) aren't so bad for web application development. IE8 is not that different from IE7, both of which kind of suck

Obry said,
Hope the IE8 market share drops a little more. IE9+ (especially 10) aren't so bad for web application development. IE8 is not that different from IE7, both of which kind of suck

The MAIN problem with IE8 it is build in Windows Vista and Windows 7, so the share of ie8 will be high for a bit while.

True but there's always Windows Update. Didn't they make IE9 and 10 automatic updates for Windows 7 users (not very concerned about Vista personally).

Seeing as IE10 was pushed as a recommended update for Windows 7 in March I'm not surprised it is almost double the percentage of February and that the drop in IE9 usage is about the same...

mrbester said,
Seeing as IE10 was pushed as a recommended update for Windows 7 in March I'm not surprised it is almost double the percentage of February and that the drop in IE9 usage is about the same...

That was IE9.

IMO IE10 is better then Chrome at the moment. But it seems to me this is mainly due to the way it loads. It makes it seem smoother and faster while it might not be the case.

IMO,
ANY version of IE is better than Chrome!! Chrome is most definitely my very last choice for a browser!

Now, I have used SRWare Iron, which is chrome without the crap!

IE10 has way better GPU acceleration than Chrome, Firefox or Opera. This is why it feels so smooth. None of the other browsers make proper use of Windows 7/8 superior GPU features. Literally everything on IE10 including static images and text is GPU accelerated, this also decreases lag when a page loads.

The difference is even bigger when using a touch screen when you swipe up/down a page.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
IE10 has way better GPU acceleration than Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

If IE had the same features as FF, I would probably use it more. But with FF extensions/addons....well worth it over IE.

techbeck said,

If IE had the same features as FF, I would probably use it more. But with FF extensions/addons....well worth it over IE.

Yeah i agree. I'd use IE10 all the time if it just supported add-ons. It technically does have support, but it's nowhere near as easy to create them and the whole add-on system is bad. It's Tracking Protection lists are useful, but again nowhere near as good as Adblock Plus for blocking ads (because they're not really intended for that).

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
IE10 has way better GPU acceleration than Chrome, Firefox or Opera. This is why it feels so smooth. None of the other browsers make proper use of Windows 7/8 superior GPU features. Literally everything on IE10 including static images and text is GPU accelerated, this also decreases lag when a page loads.

The difference is even bigger when using a touch screen when you swipe up/down a page.


Not only is everything GPU accelerated. IE compiles the webpages and runs it similar to an executable.
Where as every other browser is a glorified document viewer.

The fools are the web designers who only code for web kit browsers. IE+Firefox represent over 76% of the market and increasing every month.