IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

Summary: Data released by NetMarketShare for September shows that the usage share for Internet Explorer continues to slide, dropping to its lowest level this year.

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Data released by NetMarketShare for September shows that the usage share for Internet Explorer continues to slide, dropping to its lowest level this year.

Internet Explorer's usage share how 59.65%, beating this year's previous low of 59.75% set in May. Microsoft might have been pleased with the 6 million downloads of the IE9 beta, but this only translates into a 0.34% usage share. While IE8 enjoyed an increase in usage share, the browser is being dragged down by users migrating from older versions.

Firefox, Safari and Opera all held their ground well, while Google Chrome jumped up nearly half a percentage point to 7.98%.

I look foor trends rather than data points in these numbers, and it's clear that IE is trending downwards!

NetMarketShare uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • Great news for the open web. We would all still be using IE6 if not for

    Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome.
    DonnieBoy
    • What's with the "WE" stuff? You got a mouse in your pocket?

      @DonnieBoy
      Seriously Donnie - you don't use Windows. So how would you be using IE 6? They didn't make a Linux version. Nor an OSX version. So what ARE you blathering about?
      Wolfie2K3
  • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

    Gee, maybe because, I don't know, its beta!!! You do know what beta is right? Somehow I don't think you do. The same was true for any browser in beta status, you aren't going to find a real uptake in it until it hits release. This is a stupid article only here to get page hits because AKH needs Christmas shopping money.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

      @Loverock Davidson

      Actually I think he does know what a beta is: all of his articles read like a beta. Spelling mistakes, grammar etc.

      I honestly don't know why I continue to read them. I used to really enjoy them for the most part. Lately, I feel that I can scan his headline and then skip the single paragraph of 'analysis'.
      mep01378
      • Masochism, perhaps

        I suppose Masochism explains why <i>you honestly don't know why you continue to read AKH's articles.</i><br><br>More, Masochism and Masochism alone also explains why you persist on using windoze despite the pain it is inflicting on you and the overwhelming evidence that it will always remain that way.
        OS Reload
      • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

        @OS Reload

        Sorry OS Reload. I haven't heard of this 'windoze' that you speak of. Perhaps you can find it in the same store packed with 12 yr olds that sells iTurds and Linsux machines.

        As for reading AKH, at one point I did enjoy learning about new things that I hadn't heard about and reading his opinions on tech issues.
        mep01378
      • Now you did it, mep01378

        OD Reloads probally throwing chairs around screaming "How dare they call it Linsux!!"
        ;)
        John Zern
    • What a stupid response

      Just how will the migration from the PC to smartphones help IE, could you tell us?

      IE is a non-presence on smartphones so I'm wondering just what you think MS will do to change the situation once IE comes out of beta.

      Your stupidity knows no bounds.
      OS Reload
      • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

        @OS Reload You are TRULY clueless. I re-read and re-read Davidson's post for some reference to Windows Phone 7, and there isn't one. IE9 is not a phone thing, (IE 7 will actually be the closest thing to what runs on Windows Phone 7) so your last comment is right on, but pointing at you.
        PMC-CON
      • Wouldn't it mean the same thing if you used the phrase

        <i> Your OS Reload knows no bounds</i>

        Just curious.
        John Zern
  • it may be lower

    i don't trust the netapplications statistics. Why? They measure how many websites are visited. A virus opens 20 webpages, you are counted as 20 users. Another example: Everyone knows that symbian has the majority smartphome market but iOS has the bigger cut in their statistics.
    d.marcu
    • I didn't know that Symbian made...

      @d.marcu... Smart Foam. ;) ;)
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

      @d.marcu

      And how many of the Symbian based Nokia phones supply a browsing experience that would tempt anyone to use their phone to browse the web more than one time?
      DNSB
      • WTF... This article has nothing to do with phones...

        @DNSB
        ryanstrassburg
    • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

      @d.marcu What is the point of having a device if it isn't used as much? Linux could have a huge market share of PCs, but who cares if they don't indicate revenue.
      nucrash
  • Let it slide

    Watching it slide is lots of fun. I'm loving it!!!
    OS Reload
    • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

      @OS Reload : You'll have a very long long wait watching IE "slide". Meanwhile Firefox has slid over the year and the remaining browsers haven't done much either. Safari has gained only because of the iPad. Other than that Safari is a buggy piece of smelly crap.
      Gis Bun
  • Who really cares?

    I couldn't care less who provides my browser, as long as its free and stable. Otherwise, it's like worrying about what shoelace manufacturer has more market share.
    trickytom3
    • I guess that rules IE out

      as IE is not free.
      OS Reload
      • RE: IE9 beta can't halt Internet Explorer share slide

        @OS Reload, IE is free for Windows back down from Windows 3.1 to current versions of Windows Vista and 7.

        Do you have to download to use IE in Windows 95b, 95c, 98, 98SE, Me, NT 4, NT 5 (Windows 2000, XP), and NT 6 (Windows Vista, 7)? NO!

        You need to study the history of Windows before you make such statements. :)
        Grayson Peddie