Nearly 50% of Windows 7 Users in the US Are Experiencing a More Beautiful Web with Internet Explorer 9

Nearly 50% of Windows 7 Users in the US Are Experiencing a More Beautiful Web with Internet Explorer 9

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March was a great month for the IE team.  We are thrilled with the response to our new television adThe Hunger Games Capitol Tour brought the silver screen to the web.  And, we even had a little fun looking back at just how far we have come with Internet Explorer.

As March comes to a close and we review the latest usage share data from Net Applications, we continue to see great strides made against our core metric: IE9 share on Windows 7.  This month in the US nearly 50% of Windows 7 users are experiencing the best the web has to offer with IE9.

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Source: Net Applications, March 31, 2012 (daily).  Latest mainline browsers compared with exception of Chrome, as Chrome 18 just released on March 28th.

And around the world, almost 35% of Windows 7 users are browsing with IE9.

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Source: Net Applications, March 31, 2012 (daily). Latest mainline browsers compared with exception of Chrome, as Chrome 18 just released on March 28th.

All up, IE usage this month grew as well worldwide. We saw IE gains of almost a full point bringing our worldwide share for the month of March to 53.8.%.

If you haven’t already made the move to IE9 on Windows 7, you can find it and much more at www.beautyoftheweb.com.

Roger Capriotti
Director, Internet Explorer Product Marketing

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  • Caleb
    4 Posts

    The IE9 interface is great until you turn on the bookmarks bar. It looks like some third-party add-on attached to the end of it.

  • abm
    268 Posts

    I used to advise people to avoid IE7 and even IE8 as much as they can. But ever since the inception of IE9, I always type beautyoftheweb.com on people's Win7 PCs and upgrade to IE9. I like more and more people use IE9 rather than other made because it got everything an average consumer is looking in browser (swift and standard compliant).

    Would be wonderful if we have something like "Download Hub" in Windows8/IE10 as a replacement to Download Manager of IE9! So we can download from all kinds of network protocols: HTTP, FTP and also P2P.. Also, please provide a "Create Download" button so we can manually type/paste the URL. Like PDF would open within the browser if the URL is entered in the address bar rather than download (ofcoursse when PDF plugin is installed). Same the case with other extensions..

    Furthermore, please put some effort in F12 developer tools. Things like thumbnails of pictures when hover over the picture URL in CSS or markup and color picker when setting the CSS value. For a web-designer, firebug for firefox is way too flexible to create the gorgeous designs than of IE's F12 dev tools. One reason is that, to add a new CSS rule, we need to switch to Style tab and right-click and click Add Rule. Whereas in firebug its just one press [Enter] away (on the last value of the rule under question. And we dont need to switch to Style tab). Moreover, when we select a tag in markup and click Edit, it shows the markup of whole body in the edit mode rather than just showing the selected markup and its innerHTML (like firebug does).

  • I like the IE 9 UI, but it still lacks things Chrome / FF has. Hopefully IE 10 fixes this.

  • T Windows
    116 Posts

    Great Job to the IE team, you guys have out done yourselves with IE9; the work you've done through Lion Gates & The Hunger Games with HTML 5 is just awesome.

    As an IT Director the web experience at work and home is truly beautiful and faster than ever, we look forward to the new innovations through (IE) & (HTML 5) as you guys continue to fuel the web.

    - Stay Powered by Windows

  • rpv
    1 Posts

    I like IE9. Fastest browser and minimalistic interface! Now Chrome turns in IE8 between browsers.

  • You've kind of got no small advantage that IE is preinstalled on every Windows PC.  You're just bigging up that fact.  Plus taking in to account worldwide stats on all Windows systems, it's clear huge numbers of users are ditching IE for an alternative browser.  That's kind of impressive, because every single Chrome/Firefox/Opera user has specifically chosen their browser, whereas probably huge numbers of IE users are just using whatever came with their system because  they don't know/care about browsers.  So I think these numbers only show the number of Windows users who leave their browser default. I don't think you can imply that makes IE more popular, which presumably is the intent of this post.

  • xpclient
    50 Posts

    I am experiencing a more beautiful and faster web with Google Chrome. It does not remove features and make drastic and constant UI changes over releases.