Continued Growth for Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7

Continued Growth for Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7

  • Comments 13
  • Likes

Spring is in the air, and April proved to be another great month for the IE team.  In our continued efforts to support the HTML5 platform, we partnered with teen music artist Jasmine Villegas to launch an interactive music video, and also launched an online throwback to arcade games, based on the popular Marshmallow People online video series.

With a new month brings new usage share data to report.  As always, we look to Net Applications for the most current data given the depth and quality of their methodology as we focus on our core metric:  IE9 growth on Windows 7.

I’m pleased to note that we continue to see IE9 growth on Windows 7 continuing, hitting 35.5% worldwide as of the end of April. The data is particularly encouraging for users and developers in the US, with IE9 growing 4 points of share on Windows 7, hitting 52.9% usage share in April.




Source: Net Applications, April 29, 2012 (daily). Latest mainline browsers compared with exception of Firefox, as Firefox 12 just released on April 24th.

This continues to be great news for consumers and developers alike who can benefit from the richer web experiences and standards support in IE9.

If you haven’t yet made the move to Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7, try it by visiting

Roger Capriotti
Director, Internet Explorer Product Marketing

You must be logged in to comment. Sign in or Join Now
  • Internet Explorer 9 is faster than previous versions. It requires fewer decisions , takes less time to load pages, and the best part is it doesn’t require to install updates separately.

  • eferron
    4 Posts

    [Yes, I work for Microsoft the comments here are my own] IE provides a really good browsing experience. If it is a problem with tracking scripts and ads, I love using the built in Tracking Protection List (TPL) feature in IE. The hardware acceleration on IE9 and Windows 7 is a great feature as well. I personally do not like tons of add-ons it frustrates me in load time of the browser and heaven forbid you get a buggy toolbar or add-on that causes things to crash. IE9 with the built in features serve my browsing needs just fine!

  • Spring is in the air, and here comes another batch of suck ass internet explorer products. Everyone in the world should dump IE. I'm sure they're the cause 99% of all malware, viruses and identify thefts in the world.

  • Yes there is ->

    Also, this works in IE10 CP as expected.

  • For Example

    Following results in Crashing IE 9 while Chrome is working fine.

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

    <html xmlns="">


       <script src="js/jquery-1.4.1.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

       <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

           $(document).ready(function() {


               //Use below for removing a GridView row

               $("#GridView1 tr").filter(":not(:has(table, th))").click(function() {


                   $(this).fadeOut(1000, function() {





              // This snippet results in Crashing of IE9

               //Use below for removing a GridView cell

               $("#GridView1 td").click(function() {


                   $(this).fadeOut(1000, function() {








       <form name="form1" method="post" action="Recipe2.aspx" id="form1">




       <div align="center">

       <fieldset style="width:400px;height:230px;">

       <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="3">

          <tr><td colspan="2" class="header">BOOK CATALOG</td></tr>

          <tr><td colspan="2">


    <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="4" rules="all" border="1" id="GridView1" style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:10pt;border-collapse:collapse;">

    <tr style="color:White;background-color:#444444;">

    <th scope="col">BookID</th><th scope="col">Title</th><th scope="col">Author</th><th scope="col">Genre</th><th scope="col">RefNumber</th>


    <td>34567</td><td>Eleven Minutes</td><td>Paulo Coelho</td><td>Fiction</td><td>LNC1239.56</td>


    <td>34568</td><td>One</td><td>Richard Bach</td><td>Fiction</td><td>KL4533.88</td>


    <td>34569</td><td>Emma</td><td>Jane Austen</td><td>Classic</td><td>CA5644.45</td>


    <td>34570</td><td>David Copperfield</td><td>Charles Dickens</td><td>Classic</td><td>CA5678.90</td>











  • I want to report few bugs of IE 9 to MS where IE 9 get crashed , Is there any website or Issue tracker where a anonymous person can post issues ?

  • Microsoft, why do you feel the need to blog monthly about the current IE9 usage share figures? And even more, them limited on W7. I'm an IE user, but I don't understand why you believe that it's necessary to make a post displaying graphs for even the slightest IE % trend upwards.

    Moreover, for every such post, this attracts over 9000 comments on how IE isn't standards compliant, slow, insecure (or any combination thereof). This makes this even more of a nuisance.

  • The onus is more on website developers than Microsoft for websites to be compatible with any potential browser that may be used to attempt to view websites.  That is and will always be the case on any platform whether it be a browser, a networking site, or an operating system (ahem, Android).  BUT, use of benchmarking expose what browsers allow developers to accomplish specific performance goals with their sites.  When it comes to that idea, IE9 AND IE10 are STILL far behind even MOBILE browsers.  I mean, you guys are being outdone by Maxthon, which is using open source.  You'd think a company like Microsoft that is supposed to be a leader in more than just user marketshare would be doing all it can to enable web developers to do all THEY can.  But because that is not the case, many websites seem "broken" in IE9, even Gmail, for f*cks sake.  That is why people AREN'T using IE9 even more than the numbers show above.  OVERALL, use of the aggregate of Internet Explorer will continue to decline, as Microsoft seems to be hell-bent on differentiating through its own benchmarks instead of doing all it can to exceed ALL benchmarks, many of which are unbiased, more than which can be said of Microsoft's test HTML5 demos.

  • xpclient
    50 Posts

    Yeah but it's the only browser that has started dropping Windows OS support in every new version. Not only is IE9 not supporting XP bad enough, IE10 will punish Vista users because that OS flopped commercially. By that logic, IE11 shouldn't run on Windows 7. But MS has a vested interest in keeping Windows 7 alive just yet so in case Windows 8 fails, there is something to fall back on. So IE11 will probably run on Windows 7. Vista customers please pay up. Did Vista customers pay any less when buying the OS to Microsoft for not deserving IE10? Microsoft treats those users extremely badly. Firefox and Opera on the other hand make sane decisions based on number of users browsing the web - until recently they also supported Windows 2000! Even Apple who is so close-minded supports Safari on XP. Microsoft is an irresponsible company that is interested in pushing their OS more than advancing the web for abandoning XP and Vista customers. There is no technical reason to not support IE10 on Vista, it is a bad business decision.

  • Tommyinoz
    46 Posts

    Personally, I find IE too much hassle.  IE 9 does not exist on multiple operating system like other browsers do, in fact  it does even exist on XP!  Also, you cannot sync your bookmarks, history etc. across multiple computers automatically, you cannot play your favorite WebGL games on it, Google Maps WebGL is not supported on it, doesn't have a good range of plugins, you have to reboot your whole machine when a security update is installed for IE. Life is just easier when you ignore IE.

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    @barts2108 - This is browser usage just on Windows 7, not including Vista, XP, OS X etc.

  • barts2108
    65 Posts says something else.

  • This is starting to sound like a broken record guys. Marketshare does not mean good. IE 9 is an improvement but it needs to get way better to compete with WebKit.