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Last month, we talked about how IE9 had surpassed IE8 as the number one browser on Windows 7 worldwide. This month that trend continues with IE9 growing worldwide on Windows 7. New HTML5 experiences like Cut the Rope continue to show consumers what they can expect from a modern browser like IE9 - while developers have an HTML5 platform with IE9 that supports these rich, fluid experiences.
While the greater reach of IE9 worldwide is great for all Windows 7 customers, things are really looking up for users and developers in the US. In the US, IE9 picked up almost two points of share, hitting 36.2% usage share in January.
Source: Net Applications, January 2012.
This continues to be great news for consumers and developers alike who can benefit from the richer web experiences and standards support in IE9. We look forward to even more growth of IE9 on Windows 7 in the upcoming months.
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
But it doesn't run on Windows XP.
It doesn't need to run on a 10 year old operating system. IE9 is about being modern, not being behind the times in terms of a more fluid, beautiful web.
@Ning Ning Sun Well, I'm rather indifferent to browser brands as such. I go with what is most secure, customizable, reliable and speedy. I use Comodo Dragon (Chrome), FF, and Opera equally. They each have features (possibly by way of add-ons) that are simply a necessity for a satisfying browsing experience for me, two of which are: text-only zoom (or the ability to set a site-specific font style & size) and mouse gestures.
Specifically, they all have the ability to customize font-size and style on even a per-website basis through either the Stylish add-on (FF and CD) or another CSS add-on (Opera) while also having text-only zoom capability. And they have good, smooth-working, mouse gesture functionality which allows for many gestures to be created (I have about two dozen gestures set-up in each).
OTOH, IE8/9 has neither text-only zoom (or a per-site CSS feature to allow for font customization) nor does the one and only mouse gesture add-on for IE work very well (and it doesn't have many gesture options). :-(
FF and Opera especially have had the features noted above for a number of years. Chrome and its clones (like CD) came out with add-ons very soon after their release to the public. But IE9 -- your "modern," "fluid" web browser -- is still laggin behind in regard to these rather fundamental browser functions. IE9 may be the best browser for some, but for me, until it comes out with add-ons that catch up to what the others browsers have (some of which have them inherently), it will only be used as a distant-fourth back-up browser.
I wish that were different, but it's not. Again, I realize that I'm only speaking for myself here.
IE9 where's HTML5? where's CSS3 ? Now that is called beauty of the web. not just some hardware acceleration and a compatibility button
@Ning Ning Sun, it does if the majority of your customers are using it. IE9 is not about being modern, it's about pushing Windows 7 sales as other browsers run just fine and support a fluid, beautiful web on the XP operating system.
You can find more info on IE9's extensive support for CSS3 or HTML5 at msdn.microsoft.com/.../ff468705.aspx and learn more about standards support in IE9 and IE10 Platform Preview at samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter.
Sometimes if the system shuts unexpectedly, on next boot IE9 forgets all the preferences. These include:
1. The :visited hyperlinks, the popular sites on about:Tabs page.. though the history (Ctrl+H) and that of onebar (Ctrl+E) remains intact
2. Bing language preference.
3. Forgets the saved password for Hotmail / Window-Live ID but remembers that of Gmail !
4. Forgets the autocomplete fields' value.
and so on..
Please prevent IE10 from this disaster!