Internet Explorer 8 Officially Becomes World’s Most-Used Browser

Internet Explorer 8 Officially Becomes World’s Most-Used Browser

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This week, Net Applications released their January browser market share report. Their report shows that Internet Explorer 8 is not only the most popular browser on Windows with 27.9% usage share, but that it now has 25.6% of market share across all OS’s on a worldwide-weighted usage share basis (data provided by Net Applications). We launched just less than a year ago, so it’s both humbling and thrilling to see so many people choose our product so quickly – making it the most popular browser of choice worldwide.

There are many reasons people choose which browser to use. Most people want to know and trust the company behind their browser. And people are looking a browser that protects them – and their privacy online. In an August 13th, 2009 post on the IEBlog, we announced Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter had hit over 80 million malware blocks. But that was back in August. As of today, Internet Explorer 8 has done over 350 million malware blocks. You can see Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter in action in this blog post. Internet Explorer 8’s SmartScreen Filter blocks malware over 2 million times a day.

Phishing is a very serious threat to people browsing the Internet today – a criminal attempt to secure people’s personal information online, generally spread through email directing unsuspecting consumers to fake websites and asking them to enter sensitive information . With Internet Explorer 7, we introduced the Phishing Filter, and have continued to improve on it in Internet Explorer 8. Together, Internet Explorer 7 and 8 have blocked a total of over 125 million phishing sites.

You may have recently heard about organizations including Google recommending that people update their browsers and move off older versions, such as the nearly decade-old Internet Explorer 6.  Think about what technology and the Internet were like in the year 2000 – and consider how they’ve evolved since then. In 2000, “phishing” was something that happened at the lake, not online. There was no social networking, no RSS feeds, and no real blogs. It was a different time – and people’s browsing needs were different. Today’s Internet calls for more.

We support this recommendation to move off Internet Explorer 6. Modern browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 bring benefits for customers and developers alike. We realize there are some customers today who depend on Internet Explorer 6, and while we continue to support them through the lifecycle of the product, we are also investing in the tools and training to help them upgrade as well.

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  • windef
    4 Posts

    congrat!

    Added to the Croatian Windows 7 Community (windef.com)

  • windef
    4 Posts

    congrat!

    Added to the Hrvatski Windows 7 Forum (windef.com)

  • "Most people want to know and trust the company behind their browser. And people are looking a browser that protects them – and their privacy online."

    Which are all reasons not to choose Internet Explorer or any other product developed by Microsoft.

    "so many people choose our product so quickly"

    No, people don't choose to use it, but Microsoft almost forces Windows users to use the newest version of Internet Explorer. You buy a system with Windows 7 pre-installed and Internet Explorer 8 is also pre-installed. People don't know about other browsers, so that's why they're running Internet Explorer 8. They didn't choose to use it.

    Those who're using Windows XP and Windows Vista had Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 pre-installed, but Microsoft pushes the newest versions of Internet Explorer 8 as a critical update, so those people are now running Internet Explorer 8 too. They didn't choose to use it, because they trust Microsoft. It was just installed by Windows Updates.

    That's why Internet Explorer has such high market share. Those who really make a decision about which browser to choose don't choose Internet Explorer. Those who are still running older versions of Internet Explorer are people who've got Windows Updates turned off (for instance, because they're running a pirated version).

  • ryan14
    1 Posts

    Some companies are still using Windows 98SE,ME,2000 which IE7 and IE8 don't support. If you want people to upgrade to IE8, your developers should make IE8 run on Windows 98SE,ME,2000, instead of just XP and above.

  • ben565
    3 Posts

    I prefer firefox

  • One problem I have with IE and have never understood why the team decided to do this, is the lack of being able to package IE with software. Our company has created an information manager, in .net, that originally embedded IE, but due to the potential of users having older (IE6 or even IE7) versions we ditched it and instead now embed firefox. Using their xulrunner we can update to the latest version easily and include it in our install package. It doesn't interfere with other firefox installations either. This should be common sense on the part of the developers in my opinion. Also why in the heck do I have to restart windows(7) when certain IE8 updates are applied? That is just ridiculous! IE should be completely separate from the OS. Anyways, heres hoping you guys keep up the otherwise good work. I really like Microsoft and definitely cheer for them.

  • Quikboy
    30 Posts

    Wonderful. Anything to move people on past IE6, and it's relatively low security and hard-to-code for browser.

    Hopefully, IE9 will be something more revolutionary than evolutionary!

  • Quikboy
    30 Posts

    Excellent news. Anything to get people off IE6, one of the most unsecure and hard-to-code for websites.

    I hope IE9 will over something more revolutionary, than evolutionary!

  • @lollht - in some parts of the world, governments get elected with less than 50% approval... IE is far from dead. Especially for corporate use.

    What Firefox et al have done for us though is to shake Microsoft up and get htem developing IE again... it probably was dead (alright, sleeping), for a while in the last decade...

    Roll on IE9.

  • Browser choices need not be mutually exclusive. Most users no doubt use one exclusively or near exclusively. I myself have a preference but I also have four browsers on my PC and two on my Mac. I like the competition and even when some feature I like is added to a browser that I don't use much it prompts me to seek out a similar feature in my favourite browser via an add-on or user script.

    One reason I use several browsers is that I find no browser is better than all others in *every* feature, so it's handy to have a few.

  • thats really a good news

  • @Albert, thanks for your comments and thanks for your support with IE8! We totally hear you about needing to "step it up". We want your friends to love IE too you know ;-)

    @Saqib Ali, thanks for the congrats!

    @7favor, I enjoy your comments as always. We are very committed to supporting web standards. I think us joining the W3C SVG Working Group is a good example of our recent work showcasing that comittment. Matter a fact, the IE Team gave an update on the W3C SVG Working Group yesterday on the IEBlog:

    blogs.msdn.com/.../w3c-svg-working-group-update-for-january-2010.aspx

    Thanks,

    Brandon

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    Too bad it loses out amongst the geek community: arstechnica.com/.../ie8-chrome-have-most-momentum-in-browser-wars.ars and MS does nothing to accelerate the release schedule and bring it as par with other browsers as regard to web standards.

  • Albert
    94 Posts

    This is good news. But, you guys really need to step it up. I use IE8 every day, it's the only browser I support. But, when none of my friends no longer listen to me and stay on IE, it makes it real tough to give reasons to switch back. I need an IE that will make them come back, or else this whole new generation of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari users will grow up and never think back.

  • lollht

    Posted on: February 02, 2010 at 10:18PM  

    What's the latest estimate for IE to fall below 50%?  April 2011? IE is dead guys, it just doesn't know it yet.  

    Really, lollht IE is dead?  IE will stop being the most used browser only if  window looses massive market shares and corporations ditches IE (highly unlikely any time soon). FireFox, Chrome, Opera and Safari combined make up for 29.77% market share.  

  • lollht
    44 Posts

    What's the latest estimate for IE to fall below 50%?  April 2011? IE is dead guys, it just doesn't know it yet.  

  • congratulations! :)