Microsoft reports more people using IE9

Microsoft has been trying to get more people to use Internet Explorer 9, the latest version of its web browser. Today, the official Internet Explorer blog site has posted up the latest update on the web browser's usage in both the US and worldwide within Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. In the US, IE9 was accessed by 31 percent of Windows 7 users in September compared to 12.7 percent for Google's Chrome browser and 12.6 percent for Mozilla's Firefox browser. Worldwide, IE9 was accessed by 22.1 percent of Windows 7 users compared to 18.1 percent for Chrome and 15.7 percent for Firefox.

These numbers come from the Netmarketshare.com web site. That same site, however, still shows that Internet Explorer 8 is the most popular web browser in the world, regardless of what operating system the browser is used on. IE8 still has 29.91 percent of the world's web browser market share, according to info gathered in September. Firefox 6.0 was the second most used browser with 11.41 percent, followed by Chrome 13.0 with 9.84 percent. Internet Explorer 9 is fourth worldwide with 8.72 percent and Internet Explorer 6.0 is fifth with 8.60 percent.

In its official blog, Microsoft has a link to another one of its web sites called the IE6Countdown. It's designed to get more people to use more advanced versions of Microsoft's web browser. Microsoft says the site is dedicated to getting the world to no longer use IE6 so that web site creators will then can safely drop support for the browser "saving hours of work for web developers."

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Download != Users
MS has pushed IE9 via it's regular software updates. So many users have installed IE9. However I do not agree that downloading software means users are actually using it.

TusharG said,
Download != Users
MS has pushed IE9 via it's regular software updates. So many users have installed IE9. However I do not agree that downloading software means users are actually using it.
Usage statistics != download statistics.
These numbers are not coming from Microsoft. They were posted on the IE blog, but if you read the article the numbers come from an independent source.

me and Internet Exploder don't match up very well. well we actually broke up years ago, it just took this long to admit it. hehe

downhillrider said,
get some decent addons and *****adblock***** and maybe Id use it

Exactly!!! adblock is the only thing missing.
But I already got used to Firefox, so...

downhillrider said,
get some decent addons and adblock and maybe Id use it

For adblock

Option
Manage add-ons
Tracking Protection
Get a Tracking Protection List online...
EasyList >>>> Add (list used by adblock)
TRUSTe >>>> Add
Abine >>>> Add
PrivacyChoice 1 >>>> Add
PrivacyChoice 2 >>>> Add
Restart

fenderMarky said,

For adblock

Option
Manage add-ons
Tracking Protection
Get a Tracking Protection List online...
EasyList >>>> Add (list used by adblock)
TRUSTe >>>> Add
Abine >>>> Add
PrivacyChoice 1 >>>> Add
PrivacyChoice 2 >>>> Add
Restart


Nice one, but not working on all sites... too complicated for daily use (for me).

bomba6 said,

Nice one, but not working on all sites... too complicated for daily use (for me).

That means adblock should block even fewer sites right? Firefox user..

Microsoft should release new IE10 tech preview or full version ...
IE9 is getting fast obsolete compared to new Opera and Chrome development , hell even FF7...

Yay to IE!!

Absolutely nothing wrong with it except to people who THINK it's so bad and they only think that way because others say it is. Most people now a days couldn't make their own decisions if they had to!

ozyborn said,
IE9? Not on my system. I use Firefox with addons. I will occasionally use Opera. But never IE anything...

Please bestow your wisdom unto us as to why that would be. That is, other than the nonsensical hate over it's bad reputation with IE6/7.

funkydude said,

Please bestow your wisdom unto us as to why that would be. That is, other than the nonsensical hate over it's bad reputation with IE6/7.

The IE series is still Windows exclusive. It's not good for businesses or us.

Also, we cannot allow MS to get too much market share... It will only turn to another Internet Explorer 6-era again!

Tpiom said,

The IE series is still Windows exclusive. It's not good for businesses or us.

What the hell...

Tpiom said,

Also, we cannot allow MS to get too much market share... It will only turn to another Internet Explorer 6-era again!

What the hell +

ozyborn said,
IE9? Not on my system. I use Firefox with addons. I will occasionally use Opera. But never IE anything...

But you're using windows...if you don't trust microsoft you should not use windows.

I will stick with Firefox. If Mozilla decides to cut features as MS did with IE7, then I will be better of with Chrome but until that moment arrives (if it does) then FF all the way for me. My PC has plenty of RAM anyway.

funny read..... I wish when installing or using windows for the first time, you had the option to either install Google Chrome, Firefox or IE9. I don't like the idea of IE9 per-installed... we should have that option at the beginning...

In IE9 Just click on new tab and near the bottom of the page is a link for "Reopen last session" so you dont FF if thats all you installed it for.

I've used IE9 pretty much exclusivly on my machine with Windows 7 since I installed it. Ironically I installed Firefox just recently because of a single feature - to store the last browser session. Which I find indispensable (and the equiv to having Word and not being able to save documents, just print them - then getting a save document feature).

RobertH said,
I've used IE9 pretty much exclusivly on my machine with Windows 7 since I installed it. Ironically I installed Firefox just recently because of a single feature - to store the last browser session. Which I find indispensable (and the equiv to having Word and not being able to save documents, just print them - then getting a save document feature).

IE9 has a reopen last browser session option .It's somewhere in tools I guess. I believe it's also there in the new tab page somewhere to the bottom left.

I really want one of the browsers to allow me to shift all the darn bars to the bottom, it just feels like it would be more natural. I also miss the recent pages carrot.

dtunesrus said,
I really want one of the browsers to allow me to shift all the darn bars to the bottom, it just feels like it would be more natural. I also miss the recent pages carrot.

It seems it would be easier to move your taskbar to the top then. That is far more natural in my opinion anyway.

It's good, this has been one of the few releases not shipped with a version of Windows so people are required to upgrade. IE10 will take market share straight away, but I give no doubt the EU will have to get involved. I don't want Windows 8 E.

Holey said,
Hopefully IE10 blows the competition out the water

Probably won't. IE usually follows the general principles of Windows design-wise, and IE10 is looking to be for Windows 8. The engine will be fine (even though it already is), but the interface will just be Metro for the touch-experience, and the desktop version will probably just stay as it is now in IE9.

Holey said,
Hopefully IE10 blows the competition out the water

No thanks. IE9 and IE10 are great BECAUSE of the competition. I'd rather keep them around so I can enjoy the improvements that keep coming to IE.

Ambroos said,

Probably won't. IE usually follows the general principles of Windows design-wise, and IE10 is looking to be for Windows 8. The engine will be fine (even though it already is), but the interface will just be Metro for the touch-experience, and the desktop version will probably just stay as it is now in IE9.

I think it's too soon to say what the desktop IE10 UI will be though. I think MS will look to make more desktop side UI changes aside from the start menu one we've seen so far etc. I dunno though, I'm fine with the IE9 UI right now, and I have 8+ tabs open all the time.

ShareShiz said,
i still cant believe more than 1% uses IE6... retards

You're the retard. You have no idea about what company have to face if when want to upgrade their PC.
All internal web appz have been made to work with IE6 only. So if you are upgrading IE, then you'll have to rewrite all of those applications, and it costs a lot of money ... but hey, they are all retards, you are so ****ing true! (or not)

Anthonyd said,

You're the retard. You have no idea about what company have to face if when want to upgrade their PC.
All internal web appz have been made to work with IE6 only. So if you are upgrading IE, then you'll have to rewrite all of those applications, and it costs a lot of money ... but hey, they are all retards, you are so ****ing true! (or not)

i think it's obvious he means 'average user' and not really business related like you explained.

Anthonyd said,

You're the retard. You have no idea about what company have to face if when want to upgrade their PC.
All internal web appz have been made to work with IE6 only. So if you are upgrading IE, then you'll have to rewrite all of those applications, and it costs a lot of money ... but hey, they are all retards, you are so ****ing true! (or not)

Companies had years to upgrade. So the cost thing can't be used as an excuse anymore. Plus Microsoft said they'd help these companies upgrade.

ThaCrip said,

i think it's obvious he means 'average user' and not really business related like you explained.


Stats aren't couting average user only
jesseinsf said,

Companies had years to upgrade. So the cost thing can't be used as an excuse anymore. Plus Microsoft said they'd help these companies upgrade.

Yeah sure ... you're so clueless.

If IE9 was made for XP too, Microsoft's browser market-share decline would have been reversed. But they didn't, since people are migrating to 7 in masses.

FMH said,
If IE9 was made for XP too, Microsoft's browser market-share decline would have been reversed. But they didn't, since people are migrating to 7 in masses.

Nope the IE as a whole would still decline but there would be a huge install base for ie9 and rising

day2die said,
Well, Internet Explorer 9 is the first version of Internet Explorer worth using since the days of Internet Explorer 6.

that's pretty much my thoughts as IE9 is pretty much the first browser from MS that was a real effort to try to compete with Firefox/Chrome basically.

while i won't be dumping Firefox anytime soon i have to thank Chrome for pushing Firefox into more performance oriented upgrades lately.

ThaCrip said,

while i won't be dumping Firefox anytime soon i have to thank Chrome for pushing Firefox into more performance oriented upgrades lately.

I totally agree.