Net Applications: IE10 closes in on IE8 as most used web browser

Net Applications has now released its latest numbers for worldwide PC web browser use for the month of September 2013 and the data shows that Internet Explorer 10 is getting closer to reaching the number one spot. IE10 currently has 19.43 percent of the browser market share, up from 18.65 percent in August.

IE8, the long time champion of web browsers, according to Net Applications' data, is still in first place with 21.41 percent, but that's down compared to 21.65 percent in August. Chrome 29 is shown in third place with 12.87 percent, followed by Firefox 23 in fourth with 11.55 percent. IE9 is fifth in the latest numbers with 9.44 percent, up from 9.04 percent in August.

StatCounter, which counts page views in its research data compared to unique visitors, shows that for the month of September Chrome 29 was the most used browser worldwide, at 34.03 percent. Firefox 23 was second last month at 12.5 percent, followed by IE10 in third with 12.16 percent. IE8 is next with 9.54 percent and IE9 is shown in fifth place with 5.93 percent.

Internet Explorer 11, which is only available in preview versions for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, doesn't show up on StatCounter's charts yet, and Net Applications shows it taking up 0.91 percent of the total browser market share. IE11 will almost certainly receive a boost in October when the final GA version of Windows 8.1 is launched on October 18th.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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IE8 is awful. Slow as hell, ugly interface, poor standards support. IE9 is much better, 10 and 11 have been steady incremental improvements from 9. 11 being (somewhat surprisingly) a star player among browsers means it'll likely end up being king of usage share in the next year... Given that it will be available for Windows 7 as well as 8.

The reason why IE8 still has big market share and falling fast is because Windows XP still has quite big market share and falling fast.

8 is the latest version of IE available for Windows XP. QED.

Never used IE10 for more than a couple minutes, as it just flat out sucked, IMO.

IE8 and 9 were both great, when they were current.

Currently using IE11 on all my Windows computers. Personally, I don't think it's much better than IE9 was and not much of a difference between 10 and 11 either.

IE8 was ****. IE9 was much much better standards-wise. IE10 & 11 are improvements to IE9, the interface being practically the same.

From a web developer POV, from IE9 onwards you gave basically no problems with your code. Mostly, what works in Chrome/Firefox works in IE9+ too.

The rendering engine is VERY VERY good in IE11: smooth and fast. Font aliasing is great.

Where IE still lacks is lack of an add-on system a-la Chrome/Firefox. The plugin system it has now is ****ty.. you can't count it. Also, the right-click/context menu looks taken from IE5/6... as well as image properties window and also many dialog windows.

Mortis said,
IE8 was ****. IE9 was much much better standards-wise. IE10 & 11 are improvements to IE9, the interface being practically the same.

From a web developer POV, from IE9 onwards you gave basically no problems with your code. Mostly, what works in Chrome/Firefox works in IE9+ too.

The rendering engine is VERY VERY good in IE11: smooth and fast. Font aliasing is great.

Where IE still lacks is lack of an add-on system a-la Chrome/Firefox. The plugin system it has now is ****ty.. you can't count it. Also, the right-click/context menu looks taken from IE5/6... as well as image properties window and also many dialog windows.


IE8 was good considering the release date.

Add-on system is not a necessity. The plugin system is just too advanced for your average js add-on kiddies. That doesn't mean it is ****ty.

While this is great news, I do not think that IE10 will jump over IE8, simply because the time between that being possible and the time IE11 launch is way to short. This month, IE11 will start seeing it's usergroup grows, and that mostly from IE10.

A two percent gain in the next two months isn't impossible for IE 10. It will take a minimum of a year for IE 11 to make a significant dent in the browser wars marketshare.

Steven Parker said,
A two percent gain in the next two months isn't impossible for IE 10. It will take a minimum of a year for IE 11 to make a significant dent in the browser wars marketshare.
I don't think soo: IE10 needed a year to grow to this point, IE11 will do that much faster: Windows 8.1 is free and I think lots of people will upgrade as soon as possible, and as soon as it launches for Windows 7 (before the end of this year, MS said), IE10 will be gone (auto update is a feature since 10).