Internet Explorer 10 Adoption Slow Going, Still Strong Overall

    January 28, 2013
    Zach Walton
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In a perfect world, everybody who uses Internet Explorer would be on the latest version so all the problems affecting IE8 wouldn’t be happening. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on who you ask, IE10 is only available on Windows 8. That means Microsoft’s latest browser isn’t doing super well in its second month on the market since Windows 8 isn’t doing that well either.

Despite having sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses since launching at the end of October, the latest browser marketshare numbers from Net Applications shows that Internet Explorer 10 hasn’t even cracked one percent yet. Being exclusive to Windows 8 isn’t doing the browser any favors. There’s a beta for IE10 on Windows 7, but it has received little to no publicity from Microsoft. It probably didn’t add much to these numbers.

That being said, Internet Explorer is still king. Overall, the browser still has a majority of the browser marketshare at 54.77 percent. When broken down, the constantly hacked Internet Explorer 8 is used the most with 23 percent of the marketshare and the much safer Internet Explorer 9 coming in 21 percent.

As for the other browsers, Firefox and Chrome are still battling it out for second place. Firefox was in the lead in December with 19.82 percent of the market while Chrome lagged closely behind with 18.04 percent. Safari and Opera came in at 5.24 percent and 1.71 percent respectively.

In mobile browsers, Apple Safari for iOS is still by and large the dominant force with 60.56 percent of the marketshare. The generic Android browser and Opera Mini are the only other mobile browsers with percentages in the double digits with 22.10 percent and 10.71 percent respectively. Chrome is picking up pace, however, as it has increased from 0 percent to 1.48 percent in only a year. Not bad for a relative newcomer to the mobile browser scene.

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  • Muhammad Bilal

    Overall, IE10 is good. It’s fast and much smoother compared to chrome. But the only reason why i have to use firefox is because of its awesome plugins like firebug being a developer.
    Microsoft should consider building more useful plugins for IE besides accelerators or downloaders.
    Also, they should start sending more updates including stability and web standard support per month, not per year.

  • http://www.drivehq.com/ Jim

    Yes, IE 10 is indeed so much faster than older versions of IE. It even beats Chrome. However, Microsoft is so stupid not to release it for Windows 7!

  • Mark

    I am not an IE fan, but I installed IE 10 Preview for Windows 7 yesterday. You can easily feel that it’s much faster and smoother than IE 9. With all its developers’ tools, I have no doubt that IE 10 will get very popular soon. Try it and you’ll believe it, just like me.