Chrome is gaining marketshare among those browsing the Web from their desktop. Internet Explorer is continuing to lose overall marketshare there, even though the share of IE 9 on Windows 7 is growing. (IE 9 runs on Windows 7 and Windows Vista but not on Windows XP.) And on the mobile phone/device front -- where Chrome doesn't currently play -- IE's share is still miniscule, as the overall Windows Phone marketshare is still quite small.
As I've blogged before, I use Chrome because it's light weight and it opens Web pages faster on my PC than IE does. I know there are speed test results out there that show IE is the fastest. It's just not the case on my PC, and so far I've been unable to figure out why. It could be the result of other programs I have installed. It is not due to browser extensions. IE 9 is slower for me even when I turn off all my extensions.
(When you go to the IE 9 holiday promo page, Microsoft detects your browser. As you can see on the screen shot below, it detected I am running Chrome 15. Click on the page to enlarge.)
Would these kinds of give-aways make you non-IE-using customers load Microsoft's latest browser? In my case, the answer is no, as performance trumps all when I'm browsing.
Speaking of IE, I asked Microsoft earlier this week when those running the IE 10 preview on Windows 7 and Vista machines could expect an updated test build. I was told by a spokesperson that Microsoft had nothing more to share at this time. Microsoft's last developer preview (Platform Preview 2) for Windows 7 and Vista users of IE 10 was on June 29. Microsoft officials said earlier this year that they planned to roll out new dev previews for IE 10 on these operating systems every three months -- which means there should have been something out around late September.