Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

Summary: All you need to know about why Microsoft is pushing IE 9 out sooner than expected can be summed up in one word: Firefox.

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Some people may have been surprised when Microsoft started to push Internet Explorer (IE) 9 out early. I wasn’t. Why not? Because Firefox 4 has been kicking the stuffings out of IE 9 in adoption rates.

According to both StatCounter and Net Applications, Firefox 4 is being picked up by users far, far faster than IE 9.

As Asa Dotzler, Mozilla Director of Community Development, recently wrote, “So what explains this disparity? It's you all. It's every one of you that downloaded Firefox 4, found it to be awesome, and told all of your friends and family about it. No ad campaign from Microsoft can top that. Keep spreading the word. Firefox answers to no one but you!”

There you have it. IE 9 is indeed a far better Web browser than IE 8, but there are also lots of reasons to consider skipping IE 9 for an alternative browser. Firefox 4 is a darn good replacement for IE and Chrome 10 is also a great Web browser. In short, there's really no compelling reason to have to stick with Microsoft's default Vista and Windows 7 Web browser.

There is one other reason though why IE 9 isn't doing as well as Microsoft would like. IE 9 won't run on Windows XP. Period. Full stop. End of statement. Microsoft may hate it, but the bottom line is that most Windows users are still using XP and that means they'll never be running IE 9.

In the overall scheme of thing, IE is still the dominant, but declining, Web browser, while Firefox has been holding its own and Chrome has been picking up steam. I expect that sometime in 2012, Chrome will be the number two browser after IE.

I think it’s also possible though that Firefox and Chrome will be fighting it out for first place with IE lagging behind in 3rd place. Oh, on the Windows desktops, IE will probably still be number one for years still to come, but the world doesn’t work just on Windows desktops any more. Users are quickly moving to tablets, like the Apple iPad, and smartphones, powered by iOS or Android, to do their work. And, away from the desktop, IE has no presence at all to speak of.

Who can blame Microsoft for wanting to inflate their IE numbers while the Windows desktop is still the number one end-user platform? The way things are going, IE may not have a chance to gather users for much longer.

See Also:

Forget June: Microsoft already pushing IE9 via Windows Update

Internet Explorer 9 is released: should you switch?

Four Reasons Firefox 4 can make a go of it

Five Reasons not to “Upgrade” to Windows’ Internet Explorer 9

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  • Never say never

    "Microsoft may hate it, but the bottom line is that most Windows users are still using XP and that means they?ll never be running IE 9."

    The holdouts will stop holding out sooner or later.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • I've heard this of every new OS

      @goff256

      Windows 95 came out, people swore they'd never leave DOS and WfW. Windows 98 came out and people swore they'd never leave 95. 2000/XP came out and people swore they'd never leave 98. It's just how it goes.

      You'd think a blogger who has been around as SJVN supposedly has would know this. But instead he sounds more like an end user for the last 20 years, not anyone with any technical expertise.
      LiquidLearner
      • SJVN likely does

        But he will never admit it.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • But wait, XP is over 10 year old, this is unprecedented. Two upgrades later

        and XP is still more popular than either Vista or Windows 7. Heck, Windows 7 has been out for what seems like an eternity already, and still a whole lot of people do not want it.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        An eternity= less than 2 yrs?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @Donnieboy
        "Heck, Windows 7 has been out for what seems like an eternity already, and still a whole lot of people do not want it."

        Yeah, what a failure. It has only sold 300M copies, more than every Mac and Linux desktop combined.
        Stark_Industries
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @Donnie

        Yeah, Win7 is such a failure, that's why XP looses share each day, and 7 gains share.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @goff256
        Considering that Windows 7 is a service pack for Vista, or at best a Second Edition. In a way has been out for a long time.
        Rick_K
      • Message has been deleted.

        Michael Alan Goff
      • Pre-Installed Sales Don't Tell Us Much

        @Stark_Industries<br>By far the greater number of sales for Windows 7 are pre-installs and upgrades from Windows Vista. That tells us that people are still buying new computers and that people like Windows 7 better than Vista. It doesn't tell us that people like Windows 7 better than XP.<br><br>For the most part people are going to Windows 7 only as quickly as they are forced to by buying a new computer. This isn't really unusual. The only difference really seems to be that in the past, the amount of first time computer buyers accelerated the changeover from one version of Windows to the next, and now the market is saturated enough that there are not as many first time computer buyers as there used to be.

        Actually, when people were going from Windows 98 to XP (or 2000), there really was a good reason to switch. It was kind of unfortunate that people were reluctant to change. So far, the benefits of Windows 7 over XP don't seem as apparent to me. Perhaps that is part of the reason that the change is happening more slowly.
        CFWhitman
      • &quot;The holdouts will stop holding out sooner or later&quot;

        @goff256 - They'll do that on their own schedule, not yours.
        LTV10
      • I didn't give a schedule

        Just that it would happen eventually.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @SJVN take your meds. Only you and your cronies see things that are not the case.

        You see Desktop Linux winning over Windows, you see Firefox winning or holding its own against IE and Chrome/Chromium, you see a flying saucer taking you to a mental asylum. Please please please, get a health check before it's too late.
        nomorebs
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @Rick_K

        Windows 7 isn't VIsta, there is a lot going on in 7 that Vista might do but does very differently. Vista is it's own System, Windows 7 isn't the SP to Vista. The Kernel is almost completely rebuilt and is about half the size as VistaJust bwecause the installation process and look is similar doesn't mean that it is the same. Look at linux and MAC, Does that make linux MAC OS, No, does it make MAC Linux No. People need to forget vista SP1 is Windows 7, Balmer is even laughing at you!
        Ez_Customs
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @CFWhitman

        Windows Xp wasn't anymore different From 98 then 7 iis to XP. It is the same differenec. The only difference in 7 and XP may not apply to you, which is what teh deal was in 98 to XP. XP is haulted Further Support which is there in Windows 7 is just impossible in XP due to System Design. XP just can't deal with anything the same way, though it has similar ways which are less efficient and inferrior to 7. think one word, LEGACY! Here is another one, UNSTABLE! Here is more, Memory HOG with poor management. ALl these Say XP! We were FOrced to the Garbage XP offered back then, but now in 7, hardware is affordable, and isnt' gonna bust anyones wallet. So what you might have tobuy a new motherboard, Yippie, $30 and higher.

        Another reason XP is still in use, is because there are still alot of old school PC's out there that work well with it, because they are of taht generation, and just plain suck to todays requirements, and then there is the group who is just to lazey to learn something new. Fact, Most XP users are Corporate networks, Following some home users. Few are XP users by choice anymore, whats left are people looking to get as much out of there PC investment 14 years ago, living and working today. Then there is the other small group who just have no really need for it, which is about 10% of the market.

        Windows 7 Fact sales gradually gain value in sales daily, and a good chunk of them are not upgrades, and are a fair number of Full version retail copies. Face it, with allt he Pirated Downloads around, if XP was of interest anymore, then teh LEachers would he higher then seeds. Look at Windwos 7 then Compare the Downloaders. Wanna see the reality of Windows 7 Demand look at the Torrent Trackers, and you will see that the demand there can't keep up. DIgital RIver has slow DOwnloads still from people buying Student copies, MS Download sites, lagging from demand. You Claim is DOgged in every way!
        Ez_Customs
    • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

      @goff256

      And the smart holdouts will go away from Windows. It's slowly happening but it is happening.
      itguy08
      • Why?

        Why would somebody want to learn an entirely new OS? Smart people stick with what they know, and Windows is just easy. There is a small subset that can pick up a Linux Distro and just make it work (getting easier, Ubuntu basically sets itself up), and it is growing.

        There will always be a large market that knows Windows and used Windows.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @goff256

        "Why would somebody want to learn an entirely new OS? "

        For the same reason there is virtually no demand for COBOL programmers any more, things change.
        Alan Smithie
      • Thank you

        @Alan Smithie

        These fan boy rants are getting tiresome. You hit the nail squarely on the head: "things change". Or as some people might say: the only constant is change.

        Of course, if your career or self worth is dependent on MS, Apple or Linux for that matter, change is a scary thought.
        Economister
      • RE: Why is Microsoft pushing IE 9 out now? Firefox.

        @itguy08 It happened to me as a result of bad MS updates that messed up my machine twice in three months, after that I dual booted with Ubuntu as my primary OS for 3 years, then Windows died in an update and wouldn't repair, so I reformatted the Partition EXT4 and haven't missed it since then! That was 2 years ago.
        leopards