Microsoft claims more gains in IE 9 usage

As they always do at the beginning of each month, Microsoft updated its official Internet Explorer blog today with its claims about the user base for its web browser. According to Microsoft, Internet Explorer 9 users on Windows 7-based PCs now comprise 48.8 percent of the web browser market share in the US. Google's Chrome is second with 14.6 percent and Mozilla's Firefox is third with 11.6 percent.

Worldwide, Microsoft says IE 9's market share for Windows 7 PCs is set at 34.5 percent, compared to 21.2 percent for Chrome and 13.1 percent for Firefox.

Overall, Net Applications claims that IE 8 is still the most used web browser worldwide with 25.40 percent of the market share, followed by IE 9 with 15.17 percent. Chrome 17 is shown in third with 14.73 percent. However, Google recently updated Chrome to version 18. Firefox 10 is in fourth place with 7.79 percent. As with Chrome, Firefox was recently updated to version 11.

Microsoft announced a couple of weeks ago that it uses Net Applications as the basis for these monthly reports and claimed that a competitor, StatCounter, provided less accurate results. As we exclusively reported in March, StatCounter questioned many aspects of Microsoft's data and called their arguments against StatCounter "one-sided."

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What's wrong with comparing on Windows 7 only? IE 9 usage on Windows 7 wouldn't drop if IE 9 supported XP too.. Right now it would be weird to compare on XP only, wouldn't it?

If you don't like the current statistics, change the goal posts. Works for IE

1. Only accept NetApplications stats, ignore all others.
2. Filter all other OS's except Windows 7. As an aside, I wonder if Microsoft will ignore Windows 7 stats when 8 comes out
3. Select a single version of IE (9), which is now automatically pushed to all Windows 7 machines as an update.

No one can claim Microsoft lacks a sense of humour. It reminds me of the smoked by Windows Phone contest for some reason. Perhaps the same PR department came up with both of them.

simplezz said,
If you don't like the current statistics, change the goal posts. Works for IE

1. Only accept NetApplications stats, ignore all others.
2. Filter all other OS's except Windows 7. As an aside, I wonder if Microsoft will ignore Windows 7 stats when 8 comes out
3. Select a single version of IE (9), which is now automatically pushed to all Windows 7 machines as an update.

No one can claim Microsoft lacks a sense of humour. It reminds me of the smoked by Windows Phone contest for some reason. Perhaps the same PR department came up with both of them.

I know this is my third beer but...what? Your post didn't make no sense. They are comparing Windows 7 for all the browsers...whats wrong with that as 7 is the primary OS for MS at the moment.

They are forcing IE9, why shouldn't they? Give me one good reason, IE9 has bugfixes, security fixes etc that IE8 doesn't.

Ignore other? Ehm yea because others will show similar data, IE is the most used browser out there, get used to it already.

By drawing attention to these statistics isn't Microsoft being slightly misleading, yes it's fine to exclude phones, tablets and TVs because they are talking about desktop usage and to exclude Mac OS X and Linux too because they are focusing on the product, but by excluding Windows XP and Windows Vista it skews the results by quite a bit

thealexweb said,
By drawing attention to these statistics isn't Microsoft being slightly misleading, yes it's fine to exclude phones, tablets and TVs because they are talking about desktop usage and to exclude Mac OS X and Linux too because they are focusing on the product, but by excluding Windows XP and Windows Vista it skews the results by quite a bit

Most of the XP users, who didn't upgrade still uses the old IE6, The stats if fine for me, and I'm glad to see that Chrome is > Firefox at the moment, hope it will gaing more and more users.

Most REAL XP users are stuck at IE8 and using a different browser any way. 90% of XP "users" in statistics are spam bots, email/content scrappers with fake user agents. Even Microsoft runs a bot with an IE6 user agent from IP's that resolve to microsoft.com for who knows what reason.

JAB Creations said,
Most REAL XP users are stuck at IE8 and using a different browser any way. 90% of XP "users" in statistics are spam bots, email/content scrappers with fake user agents. Even Microsoft runs a bot with an IE6 user agent from IP's that resolve to microsoft.com for who knows what reason.

90%? xD Maybe 20% tops, they're hundreds of millions of genuine XP users out there, it is the world's most popular OS.