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Last week at the Professional Developers Conference, we announced IE9 Beta has been downloaded over 10 million times since its release in the mid-September. Today, with the release of Net Applications’ monthly browser share report, we’re pleased to see that in addition to 10 million downloads, 0.32% of customers worldwide and 1.46% of Windows 7 users are using Internet Explorer 9 as their daily browser. On some of the sites frequented by early tech adopters, IE9 Beta has even higher usage share – like 2.24% at Softpedia and 3.96% on Ed Bott’s ZDNet blog. As Ed describes, “what I’ve seen consistently is that the public at large tends to follow the same trends as this group of early adopters.”
Beyond the early adopters, partners are also tapping into the capabilities of IE9, with over 900 sites having created experiences like Jump Lists and notifications from their pinned sites in Windows 7. More and more sites worldwide are taking advantage of what IE9 has to offer – including news site Virgilio in Italy, social networking site studiVZ in Germany, and tech enthusiast site Ars Technica here in the US. You can check them out by pinning their sites to your taskbar and right clicking on their favicon from your taskbar.
IE9 allows customers to take advantage of full hardware acceleration across the entire PC, and we’re already seeing many of our Windows 7 and Windows Vista customers adopting IE9 and getting the benefit of using your whole Windows PC. According to Net Applications, IE 9 Beta usage share on Windows 7 grew about 2.5 times, from 0.61% in September to 1.46% for the month of October.
As we have said many times before, we remain committed to getting customers onto a modern browser. We’re pleased IE6 and IE7 usage share continues to drop (by 0.85% in October); it’s an indication that customers recognize the benefits they can realize when using a modern browser. Our latest browser offerings (IE8 and IE9 Beta) saw a 0.45% increase in market share this month worldwide. In fact, that is higher worldwide growth than Chrome’s Stable and Beta channels (Beta/Dev/Canary) from September to October of 0.19% (7.69% in September with Chrome 5/6/7/8 versus 7.88% in October with Chrome 6/7/8/9). And in the US, IE8 and IE9 combined grew 0.58%, compared with Chrome’s 0.41% total growth.
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Senior Director, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing
I can't wait until IE is finished... Can we get the issue with rounded corners fixed? Twitters home page and youtube profiles don't look right. The buttons are square and the corners of parts of the page are square when they are supposed to be rounded. I know this isn't the proper place to complain... point me in the right direction please?
Can you, please, clarify this sentence (including the source)?
"In fact, that is higher worldwide growth than Chrome’s Stable and Beta channels (Beta/Dev/Canary) from September to October of 0.19% (7.69% in September with Chrome 5/6/7/8 versus 7.88% in October with Chrome 6/7/8/9). "
Microsoft is pushing HTML5 and it's a very good thing. But today all hell broke loose on Silverlight developers ( following a statement from Bob Muglia )who are now left wondering about microsoft's commitment to the platform.
Anything to declare ?
@hdw What happened? Link please?
@James Manes, there has been confusion over Mary Jo Foley's (Zdnet) post titled "Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted" where she quotes Bob Muglia a few times. Frankly, I don't see what the uproar is all about. Bob Muglia said it himself, Silverlight is here to stay. It is the platform for WP7, and it has a place in certain kinds of applications.
Nice to see the momentum...I just hope it doesn't get to the IE9 teams head as there is a ton of UI work left to be done.
The Pinned Site capability has potential. Some of that potential is limited by the fact that Windows taskbar isn't ideal for a large number of pinned sites (no grouping etc). Hopefully that is something the Windows client is taking a look at the same time they are looking to optimize the UI for Slate devices. Once Windows can handle a large # of pinned sites though...I can see Pinned Sites replacing IE Favorites.
Probably won't happen but it would be great if Microsoft allowed Pinned Sites to automatically add feed subscriptions at the same time the site is being pinned (at users option) and display the feed headlines and/or webslice from the jumplist.
@phistuck - The source is Net Applications data (www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx). If you look at the usage share data from Net Applications for September for Chrome versions 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0, which represent their latest Stable channel for September and all three of their "beta" or "developer" channels (Beta, Developer, and Canary) and compare it to their Stable channel and their Beta/Developer/Canary versions in October, the total net growth is 0.19% worldwide. It's a little confusing because Chrome's versions move quickly across channels and in some cases the same version of Chrome is in both Stable and Beta channel (like Chrome 7.0 today).
@hdw - Bob Muglia just posted a statement today to clarify those remarks. Worth checking out here: team.silverlight.net/.../pdc-and-silverlight
I just hope IE9 doesn't take long, Google could release two chrome versions while you release one beta...
I tried to install and run the Beta but IE would not load afterward. I love testing out new stuff. I had to do a restore from two weeks earlier to get IE 8 back and running.
I posted genuine feedback on Connect to simply preserve the customization that IE8 and previous versions offered but it was simply closed saying my feedback "does not meet MS's design goals for *REDUCED CONCEPTS*". You are forcing minimalism on every one which is plain wrong. For example, not even having a progress bar with a Done message after page loading is complete is totally causing massive heartburns for me in my daily usage of IE9 beta.
Hey, in my Company, all desktop PC have WXP still, and because IE9 can't be installed on XP I have been deprived to use it. :(
Besides, according to lastest stats, Vista+Win7 is 37% versus 49% of XP. (Source: W3Schools & Wikipedia)
Will there be a version IE9 for us (the cake's half ones)?
IE9 has major UI problem. putting address bar and tabs in a single row makes it hard for managing more that 6 tabs in a window even in HD resolution, which most laptops lack. Why not look desktop browsers something like a phone browser in which users don't always see the addressbar while browsing the web. for instance: etabari.com/.../ie9addressbar.aspx
1. Tabbed browsing is an integral part of Web-browsing and Without tab management IE is not good for tabbed Browsing
Opera recently implemented Tabstacking in their v 11 beta .. its a good feature .. I think it would be great if IE implemented it too albeit with
some improvements like colored stacks etc...
2. Also please provide some sort of visual feed back to show if the page has loaded or not .... please .... this is a must in 3rd world countries where the net connections are
not so stable
Please look into these matters and thanks for showing the transfer rate in the download manager :)