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This month we hit some pretty important milestones in the IE business. IE9 has now passed 20% usage share worldwide on Windows 7 as of the last day of August. In the US, IE9 closed out the month at 28% share on Windows 7. IE9 was built to take advantage of the unique capabilities of Windows 7 and it’s great to see more and more Windows 7 users picking IE9 as their browser of choice to get them to their favorite sites.
Source: Net Applications, August 2011 (latest mainline browsers compared).
Growth of IE9 on Windows 7 is really just a reflection of how the web experiences we all enjoy get better when using a browser and operating system designed to put those experiences front and center. Pinning sites like Facebook in Windows 7 is become increasingly popular among our IE9 users.
The good news is, more and more sites are adding this capability every day. Recently popular travel search site, Kayak, implemented pinning and a dynamic Jump List for IE9 and Window 7. Kayak does a really great job of allowing their customers “to easily compare hundreds of travel sites at once, in one comprehensive, fast and intuitive display.” We think it gets even better in IE9 when you can pin Kayak right to your Windows 7 desktop. Customers can now access "My Trips" and "Kayak Favorites" directly from the Jump List, giving customers the ability to check out existing ticketed travel and find new low fares from their city quickly. Kayak is also helping to spread the word about their IE9 features via a notification on their site, which is pretty cool.
Check it out. Pin Kayak to your Windows 7 taskbar today along with your other favorite sites. And, if you haven’t already made the move to Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7, try it by visiting www.beautyoftheweb.com.
Roger Capriotti Director, Internet Explorer Marketing
On Windows 8, you gonna improve applications like Cleaner, Defragment, Compression tools etc. I found it great. No more 3rd apps in their respective categories.
I really like using Windows native MS Apps and not having to install randomly.
Building IE 10, I'd rather you ask me "how can we bring you back on IE" ? I'm just a home-user who uses Firefox. I don't know posting all those stats where they help. Personally, I don't find 'em interesting at all, apart that every now and then, IE losing it's share. Surely they have their appealing reason to someone.
As I was saying, the Browser is one of the most important applications today. I'd honestly like to come back. At How-to part, I have a few suggestions, like:
a. Speedier Url Retrieving ( not page content loading ) because the grey cyclic throbber on tab, some times seems ages passing until find and begin the loading, afterwards. I feel like wasting my time. Please, get rid of me that feeling. In short, more responsiveness!
b. Simple Usability, like, when I press on a folder, on Favorites Bar, it opens the context menu but if I want at the same time to open the folder near, I need to more clicks, one to get rid of the previous and another one to open the new. While on Firefox and Chrome, once you press a folder, just by hovering on them, all opening respectively. And many such little things...
I don't ask for drastic changes, like new, entirely revamped Add-on System and the like hard ones. I like it clean as IE right now is. But... simple usability... Although I found Mouse Gestures and Spell Checker as Add-ons, still...
I could say many more but just realised I'm entirely off-topic. I'm speaking seriously, though. With purely positive intentions. I'm all excited about Win 8... I wish I could use Win 8 with less as possible 3rd-party programs! You're on the right way!
Gosh... Poorly written comment, I guess. I'd like to apologise, although, I'm not from an English-speaking country. I hope you got the main point, at least.
P.S. Just remembered one more thing about usability: Highlighting and right-clicking a simple www.microsoft.com ( not as link ), I'd like the context menu to give me the option: "Go to Url"
Thanks and sorry!
Great news.. would be awesome if we get smooth (butter-like) scrolling in IE10 (like the one you guys have recently introduced for Silverlight 4 for WP7): connect.microsoft.com/.../ie-10-ui-smooth-scrolling-and-better-tab-management
I'd like to see web site pinning extended beyond just the taskbar but also to the start menu itself as well as just desktop shortcuts/favorites. I have a lot of frequent sites I'd love to pin, but I'm already running out of room because of apps.
On Windows 7 that is. But that is not the only platform in the world. IE9's total worldwide marketshare among desktop browsers is only 7.91% where all other previous IE versions combined is: 46.09%. If only Microsoft realised their responsibility towards all Windows customers instead of only Windows 7 customers. No one in the industry is not supporting XP except Microsoft. IE9 could have been easily supported with software-only rendering. I will always be pissed about this one. Wish IE becomes irrelevant one day for leaving behind older Windows customers.
I don't know why you always talk about IE 9 market share on here. it is extremely pointless. We all know IE 9 is small compared to the other market shares of browsers. Windows 7 is not the only OS on earth. :/
@GoodThings2L - thanks for the feedback. You can actually pin to Start Menu too. Just drag the tab of the site you want to pin the Start flag, and it will pin the site to your Start Menu.
I'm starting ot be disappointed at sites/Web apps that don't use pinning well (OWA I'm looking at you...)
@Deo try an IE accelerator that does what you want,right-clicking and opening unlinked URLs
I really love IE9, IE10 can be much better! First of all, SPELL CHECK. I hate using third-party, and IE definately needs a spellchecker. Also, the add-on system should be adjusted so that add-ons are installed on the browser, not on the actual computer as a seperate file.
only my two cent... But what you, Mircrosoft, think about this -7.3% IE and +5,6 Chrome, outside USA? That none-US inhabitants don't like the IE and more like Chrome on his own? From the technical point of view the browsers are the same, in USA and the rest of the world. BUT, I can only speak about myself, there is one -none-technical significant difference between Chrome and IE outside USA. The url/*SEARCH* box. Google is still much better (better search results) and easier to use (switch between US/none US search results).
Another, general point that the users miss in IE, at least I read it in many blogs and forums, are Addons and skins.
I can find all addons that I need for the IE, or I use system wide "Addons" like my Ad-Blocker, but if I search for it, I find it anywhere, but not on any MS website. Compare the Addonsite from MS, Chrome and Firefox to know what I mean.
Sorry for this, but my conclusion is that a lot of users not like the "none technical part" (the browser on his own) of IE.
@MaryBranscombe, this not work. Try it with www.microsoft.com . I use not this accelerator, I use another one, but if I use this the accelerator try to open "_www.microsoft.com", "www.microsoft.com_" or "_www.microsoft.com_" (_=space before or after the URL) adn because of this the URL not open. I think this is a general problems with this accelerators, I posted a suggestion on the connect site, remove this spaces before the accelerator get the text, and wait for a response.
It's time to release IE 10. IE9 isn't all that impressive to be honest. It still is not up to date with the latest css html 5 stuff. Which makes the port to windows phone not that great either. You guys really need to step it up because on the phone and on pc going on the internet is a big portion of what people do. You need to really make this a better experience so that both people using it on the phone and on the computer actually want to choose IE9 over the others. Maybe you should pre-release some update like IE9.5 or something. Because you guys really need to get a better browser out.
On the user-interface side of things the tabs are way too close together and too square(sharp corner) shaped, The back button shouldn't have unnecessary cropping. Since it doesn't even look nice.
I've tried IE9, and I'm totally lost. I much prefer IE8, it's simply and easier to use. I can't find the Search Box in IE9, and most definitely don't like the address bar; I prefer the status bar in IE8, and other functions that I have become accustomed to in IE8. I have since uninstalled IE9 and will stick with IE8. Not all computer users are savvy. We need things to be 'simply' and 'easy' to understand and ease-of-use. Meet us at our level when developing these things.
I agree, these posts based on misleading statistics and patting themselves on the back are worse than useless. I used to work at HP and they did it all the time - and look what's happened to them!
Microsoft has some great technology but these days it is just too slow and too half-arsed. Apple get a major update out for the iPhone and several minor ones every year. Microsoft have taken over a year to realise Mango, which is merely supposed to fill some of the glaring holes in WP7 that was dumped on the market unfinished. It's the same with browsers. IE9 is a great step forward as long as you don't compare it with the competition. The attention to detail and completeness of the UI, which used to be a hallmark of Microsoft, is becomming increasingly absent and with each generation Microsoft gets further behind.
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I love Internet Explorer, much better that Firefox.