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Every month, the IE team gets a bunch of questions asking about our take on market share trends and Internet Explorer. This month, I connected with Scott Armstrong to answer some of these. Check out our conversation below (or at this link).
Net Applications reported that Internet Explorer 9 Beta continued its worldwide growth in January. IE9 has been downloaded over 23 million times, and now accounts for 0.5% of all users worldwide while still a beta product. We are pleased to see users continue to leverage Windows 7 capabilities together with IE9 for a more beautiful web experience. On Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 already accounts for 1.82% of users worldwide.
Internet Explorer 8 also continued its rise in January with 1.18% growth according to Net Applications – over one and a half times of the growth of Chrome (0.72%). With 34.79% of users worldwide, Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular and fastest growing browser in the market.
Internet Explorer 6 on the other hand continued its decline, with a 1.77% drop reaching 12.03% in January worldwide. IE6 has dropped 3.9% over the last three months (an average of 1.3% drop per month) and 9.31% from a year ago. During that same time, IE8 has grown 9.15% since January 2010. This trend is even more accelerated in the commercial segment. I blogged last year that IE6 usage share was already at 10.3%, and IE8 at 34.1% last November.
Finally, we are glad to see IE9 popularity continue to rise with our developers and partners. More partners are coming online every day, including Gilt, Hi5, and Huffington Post most recently. We look forward to working with our partners in bringing more beautiful web experiences to life.
Roger Capriotti Director, Internet Explorer Product Marketing
Nice. You might want to check your marketshare report links (1.82% worldwide and 1.18% growth).
I'm very excited about IE9, but I still don't understand how they can stay so excited about IE8? It's market share is dropping like 2% each month, and they still keep saying it's the most popular AND FASTEST GROWING (?!) browser on the market. Strange people. But I really hope IE9 can put a stop at the dropping IE8 market share.
@Jarrich, the #s show that IE8 is simply having a positive impact on maintaining IE marketshare. Which would seem logical considering that Windows 7 is the fastest selling OS in history. I have no idea where you are getting 2%/mo from, IE overall may have dropped a total of 4% over the last 12 mos. More work to be done, sure but hardly the bottom falling out. Microsoft needs to continue selling XP users on upgrading to the latest Windows client. Like you, I'm really looking forward to IE9 because of what it enables. The IE team has done a pretty good job in restablishing a positive dialog with developers. Fingers crossed that dialog continues and planning & development work for IE v.next has already started.
@ Jarrich Van de Voorde, IE8 is growing, but IE6 and 7 are declining more in total, so the total IE market share is declining.
I will start using IE 9 once the nasty render issues are fixed. Firefox, chrome, safari. Those three render twitter correct and do not have bugs on facebook. IE 9 forgets about rounded corners, drop shadows and stuff like that. And the chat in facebook messes up with the button placement if you talk to more than one person at a time. Very annoying.
I'm very excited about IE9 but it would be better if themes and addons would be abilitated
I continue to encounter rendering issues with various sites. Enough that I have a copy of Chrome available to access these sites. I enjoy the user interface of speed of IE9, much improved versus previous versions. I am expecting IE9 to resolve these issues in due time, hopefully sooner than later.
Themes and addons are nice and all. But when IE9 launches I really hope to see a roadmap to keep it current with regular releases/updates. In the past it seems that once IE launches that is it... security patches as required but nothing new. IE9 beta is amazing and I hoping to see "the amazing" part of that statement be relevant a year after it is released.
I'm very satisfied for IE9 Beta and I hope that it becomes official soon and open It' s platform for web apps, like new Google Chrome..
Why this site default document mode is still IE8? Try it to IE9 plz~~
Currently IE9 is lacking the basics of CSS3. I'm very concerned that MS will only to half the job, release it and then only do security fixes. I don't understand why they can't just implement the agreed upon standards like the folks at Webkit and Mozilla have. The IE engineering team has to be at least as big as both of those combined.
You guys could get even larger market share, if IE9 supports Windows XP. Just like latest GOOGLE Chrome do. GOOGLE Chrome adds hardware rendering ability in Vista/7, while maintaining WinXP compatibility - just not supporting hardware rendering on WinXP. Smart move by GOOGLE. Stupid decision by MS, as ususal.
Nevermind, nobody listen me anyway.