Microsoft predicts new gains for IE9 in October

Microsoft has decided not to wait until the end of the month to do a little bragging about the growth of its Internet Explorer 9 web browser on Windows 7 PCs. The company updated the official IE blog earlier today with the prediction that "as early as next month, IE9 on Windows 7 could be the leading modern browser behind IE8."

Microsoft is getting its info from NetMarketShare.com, which tracks the use of web browsers, among other things, around the world. According to Microsoft's spin of the numbers, IE9 continues to gain ground on Windows 7-based PCs compared to its biggest rivals, Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome, both worldwide as well as here in the US.

Microsoft has been pushing for users to dump older versions of its older Internet Explorer browser for two big reasons; one is that older browsers tend to be less secure than the newer versions. The other is that the smaller the market for older browsers, the more that web designers can put in more advanced features on their web sites that support the more advanced browsers.

Considering that there are a ton of web browsers for PC users to download, the fact that IE9 is apparently being used more and more by Windows 7 users is interesting. Of course there are still a lot of older PCs that run older operating systems, particularly Windows XP, and it may be a little while longer before that situation changes.

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Problem is IE9 is pushed by WIndow$ updates... makes it easy for them to get a very wide installer base, from may people who don't know the difference between any browser.

I started using IE9 today more seriously and I find it's as fast and usable as Chrome. One thing I hope they improve in IE10 on the "New Tab" page is to have larger icons and use the Metro font instead of Courier.

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It's not a random-comment, he is just pointing out one of the best feature of IE9.

Are you a hipster using Chrome?

LOL. I love how in the article they say "According to Microsoft's spin of the numbers..." LOL

When you go to the website listed in the article where they pulled the data from and go and look at trends you'll see that IE usage has declined over the past year while chrome usage has increased. http://www.netmarketshare.com/...spx?qprid=1&qpcustomb=0

Notice on the article how it says "Browser Usage on Windows 7" It would be VERY interesting to see how large of a correlation there is between these statistics and the number of computers that are running Windows 7 over time. I'm fairly confident there is close to a direct correlation!

This is just on Windows 7... As Mac's marketshare increases more people will use firefox/chrome. And XP users can't use IE9 so i'm assuming they'll be jumping on firefox/chrome.

Kirk Holmes said,
LOL. I love how in the article they say "According to Microsoft's spin of the numbers..." LOL

When you go to the website listed in the article where they pulled the data from and go and look at trends you'll see that IE usage has declined over the past year while chrome usage has increased. http://www.netmarketshare.com/...spx?qprid=1&qpcustomb=0

Notice on the article how it says "Browser Usage on Windows 7" It would be VERY interesting to see how large of a correlation there is between these statistics and the number of computers that are running Windows 7 over time. I'm fairly confident there is close to a direct correlation!

well it would be pointless to see how many windows xp users are using IE9 because they CAN'T.. since it only works on windows 7, they would obviously choose to see how many people are using it on just windows 7.. thats like saying that google chrome only chooses Windows to show their numbers instead of all OS's because they dont make it for windows phone, or iOS so they would just look at the platforms they support.

flexkeyboard said,
If you don't give a ****, use IE9.
If you do give a ****, use firefox.
If you're a hipster, use chrome.

Care to provide some reasoning behind all those points.

flexkeyboard said,
If you don't give a ****, use IE9.
If you do give a ****, use firefox.
If you're a hipster, use chrome.

Not true. Of those who have made a choice, it is purely a personal preference.

I personally prefer IE9 on Windows 7, as I find it noticeably faster than Chrome and Firefox.
I prefer Chrome on XP & Mac and Opera Mini on Mobile. I use Firefox when I need to make use of a particular extension.

flexkeyboard said,
If you don't give a ****, use IE9.
If you do give a ****, use firefox.
If you're a hipster, use chrome.

I always thought Opera would be for the hipsters. Chrome is too mainstream.

virtorio said,

Care to provide some reasoning behind all those points.

alright, for the majority of people out there that just want to use the "internet", IE9 is decently modern and is more stable than firefox. It's quick to launch, fast to render, and looks modern. Most important of all, it comes preinstalled (on non european continent)

For those to do care about how the web looks and want to control it, there is nothing that is compatible to Stylish, Adblock, and Greasemonkey on other browsers.

Hipster who want to appear cool with other hipsters, they can use Chrome and say it's the "fastest" or whatever.

Edited by flexkeyboard, Oct 29 2011, 2:27am :

flexkeyboard said,
If you don't give a ****, use IE9.
If you do give a ****, use firefox.
If you're a hipster, use chrome.

So you are droning on what you have read about it and whats been repeated by forums and comments... think for yourself. I'm not a hipster and I use Chrome. But I love IE9. Go figure.

flexkeyboard said,

For those to do care about how the web looks and want to control it, there is nothing that is compatible to Stylish, Adblock, and Greasemonkey on other browsers.

In IE9, you can add Adblock's list as a tracking protection list (Tools -> Manage add-ons -> Tracking Protection -> Get a Tracking Protection List online -> add EasyList and done.

Coi said,

In IE9, you can add Adblock's list as a tracking protection list (Tools -> Manage add-ons -> Tracking Protection -> Get a Tracking Protection List online -> add EasyList and done.

Come on. That's no where near as good as the Firefox addons he mentioned.

semifamous said,

I always thought Opera would be for the hipsters. Chrome is too mainstream.

Opera... are you serious? That browser can't render all the pages well, and is the hardest one to design for... Even though is my favorite browser I need to keep switching to others because pages don't render well...

flexkeyboard said,
If you don't give a ****, use IE9.
If you do give a ****, use firefox.
If you're a hipster, use chrome.

what if , if you don't have an iphone?

Joey S said,

Come on. That's no where near as good as the Firefox addons he mentioned.

It's the same as Adblock Plus because it uses the same list, but this is just for the people who just want Adblock as well on IE9.
I know the other addons cannot be used, but I really don't need them anyway.. If you're fine with just a fast and simple web browser, maybe with some ad blocking, then IE9 with EasyList is the way to go.