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Browser market share numbers are always interesting because they can be interpreted in a variety of ways. We’ve said for some time now that the thing we care about most is that the web experiences we all enjoy are getting better every day through a modern browser like Internet Explorer 9. The growth of IE9 on Windows 7 has been exciting to watch since our launch in March.
Last month, we mentioned that IE9 was on a path to be the number one modern browser on Windows 7 worldwide. According to Net Applications, IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide is now higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8. That’s great news for consumers and developers alike who can benefit from the richer web experiences and standards support in IE9!
Source: Net Applications, November 2011 (monthly data).
In the US, the numbers are even more exciting - where IE9 growth continues and will soon be the number one browser on Windows 7.
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
Glad to hear it. IE 9 got me to switch from my once loyal Firefox roots, and I have no complaints!
Yes, ie 9 is best on a windows vista too. It got 320 ms in sun spider test, way less than latest version of chrome 15 at 389 ms and latest version of firefox 8 at 375 ms.
Also it starts faster than both others and works pretty well even I open 50 tabs.
Great work and looking ahead to is 10.
Do you have a link to Net Applications page showing only Windows 7 market share of browsers or just a PNG image?
Firefox and Chrome support drag and drop into SkyDrive folders. In IE 9 you have to first click on "add files" and then drag and drop into a specific target box.
I'm sorry but IE 9 DOES LESS and supports fewer standards. Don't get me wrong, IE 9 is great and all, but it lacks many features that other browsers have had all year. It's not modern -- it's behind the times.
What Ariella said. :-)
In my case, I'm looking for built-in (or at least better functioning and more customizable) mouse gestures and the ability to text-zoom only (IE only has page-zoom). FF, Iron (Chrome) and Opera all have had these two items for a quite some time. IE, the oldest browser of all these, is still lagging on these user friendly features. :-(
Congrats IE 9. There are so many search engines out there. I use IE all the time. http://www.geekchoice.com
IE9 is the best browser out there - I'm glad a lot of people are using it!
lol, I would like to see the same curves with Internet Explorer - All versions. The curve would not be the same, we could see that it continues to decrease. It's not a serious analysis but a marketing magic trick...
@vgebrev, that does not show browser market share on Windows 7 but on all platforms. Also, NetApplications is more reliable than StatCounter because StatCounter counts all page views while NetMarketShare looks at single site visits.
I love IE9 as well and am looking forward to IE10 :)
I made a fairly complicated website (which is not up yet) with extensive use of iframes withIE8 as my first browser. Then I tested new features of my site with Firefox and Opera and finally with Chrome 15. In my site it is important that three iframes get loaded simultaneously. The iframes get loaded seamlessly and nicely in IE8 and firefox but when I tested my site with Chrome 15 I was very disappointed with how unpleasantly the iframes were loaded. In fact with respect to iframes, I even prefer Opera to the Chrome 15.