Microsoft: IE9 user growth in Windows 7 during April 2012

As they do at the start of every month, Microsoft updates its official Internet Explorer blog with Internet Explorer 9 user stats in Windows 7 during the previous month. This time, the stats come for April 2012, and Microsoft says that worldwide, IE 9 is used by 35.5 percent of PC users on Windows 7, compared to 21 percent for Google's Chrome 18 and 15.3 percent for Mozilla's Firefox 11/12. In the US, IE 9's stats jump up to 52.9 percent compared to 15.1 percent for Chrome 18 and 12.5 percent for Firefox 11/12.

The stats come from Net Applications, which Microsoft considers to be more accurate than other sources such as StatCounter. However, Net Applications' site shows that for all web browser versions on all operating systems IE 8 still leads worldwide with 26.22 percent. IE 9 is next with 15.91 percent, followed by Chrome 18 with 13.9 percent, and Firefox 11 with 11.35 percent.

One interesting tidbit is that Firefox 3.6 accounted for 2.43 percent of web browsers worldwide in April 2012, according to Net Applications. Mozilla shut down official support for Firefox 3.6 last week and plans to automatically update the browser to Firefox 12 sometime later this month, although users can set the browser to keep this from happening if they choose to.

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Extensions can make a browser great, take Firefox as an example. But even without extensions IE9 beats Chrome, the other browser I use, in some areas. Chrome's bookmarks management is the pits! There's no dedicated bookmarks button, like all other browsers have, and the extensions to fill in this hole are either just a button to the bookmarks manager or just aren't that good. With IE9, I have access to my bookmarks via the bookmarks bar and/or a bookmarks button.

IE9's OneBox is another area where it excels over Chrome's Omnibox. I've found that the former find info faster, specially when it comes to bookmarks and history. With Chrome, it's a hit or miss most of the time.

As a web-developer I absolutely hate IE because you always have to write specific code for it to get things to work consistently, as IE has always been riddled with non-standard coding "glitches." It should have been standards compliant 10 years ago. Better late than never I guess. Yes IE9 is a (belated) step forward, but MS should be ashamed.

Frankenchrist said,
As a web-developer I absolutely hate IE because you always have to write specific code for it to get things to work consistently, as IE has always been riddled with non-standard coding "glitches." It should have been standards compliant 10 years ago. Better late than never I guess. Yes IE9 is a (belated) step forward, but MS should be ashamed.

Oh.... this song again, boring...

SuperHans said,
Why is this important?

I bet you wouldn't be asking the same if Google said it about Chrome or Mozilla about Firefox?

Cøi said,

I bet you wouldn't be asking the same if Google said it about Chrome or Mozilla about Firefox?

Yes and no. YES because this type of story just isn't newsworthy at all. Just read the opening few words:

"As they do at the start of every month...", so are we going to get this riveting news EVERY month? "Oh, IE dropped 1%.... oh now look, IE is up 0.5%!" Wow.

NO because IE is already the market leader, so it would actually be more of a story if Chrome and Firefox took further market share from IE.

Basically the writer fails to convey why these changes are important.

Must be most people have stopped following all the (bad) fanboy advice and started using a good browser that doesn't need 600 addons?

With that said, I seldom use it, although I use it as often as I do Opera, Seamonkey, Palemoon and Waterfox!! I might add that I only use 2 addons in those browsers except Opera, which only requires one!

I'd also have to think people are getting sick of having to update their browser every other day with some version number that makes next to no sense. Almost as bad as Linux having to update the whole dang thing every 6 months!

cork1958 said,

I'd also have to think people are getting sick of having to update their browser every other day with some version number that makes next to no sense. Almost as bad as Linux having to update the whole dang thing every 6 months!

Chrome updates itself.

henryed07 said,

Internet explorer will be updating itself in Windows 8.

That's good to know and it reinforces the point: what browser is the OP referring to?

SuperHans said,

That's good to know and it reinforces the point: what browser is the OP referring to?


I've heard that Firefox updates itself now... but when was that feature added?

henryed07 said,

Internet explorer will be updating itself in Windows 8.

IE needs to fundamentally change its development section. Its not just about updating. The web needs constant change and improvements on browsers. IE is not caching UP. Try to go to http://www.html5test.com and see the scores for yourself

S3P€hR said,
IE needs to fundamentally change its development section. Its not just about updating. The web needs constant change and improvements on browsers. IE is not caching UP. Try to go to http://www.html5test.com and see the scores for yourself

Why is it that every time we talk about browsers, someone has to mention the so-called "HTML 5 Test" which does nothing but say Webkit-based browsers are awesome?
Let that thing die, and use actual conformance benchmarks from the W3C's test suites...

S3P€hR said,

IE needs to fundamentally change its development section. Its not just about updating. The web needs constant change and improvements on browsers. IE is not caching UP. Try to go to http://www.html5test.com and see the scores for yourself

Oh come on, not catching up? Maybe in some bogus tests like that one but IE brought a huge change to browsers with v9 unless you think hardware acceleration doesn't count? IE9 did it first and it's still doing it the best IMO.