Internet Explorer 8 and 9 usage up in October as IE 6 continues to decline

By Tom Warren, on 1st Nov 10 8:30 am with 4 Comments

Net Applications’ issued their monthly browser share report today which shows Internet Explorer 9 usage on Windows 7 has increased.

Internet Explorer 6 and 7 usage share continues to drop (by 0.85% in October) and IE8 market share has increased by 0.45% worldwide in October. “As we have said many times before, we remain committed to getting customers onto a modern browser. We’re pleased IE6 and IE7 usage share continues to drop; it’s an indication that customers recognize the benefits they can realize when using a modern browser,” said Ryan Gavin, Senior Director of Internet Explorer marketing.

Internet Explorer 9 usage on Windows 7 has increased with 1.46% of Windows 7 users now using IE9 as their daily browser. This is an increase of around 2.5 times, up from 0.61% in September. Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, revealed last week that the company’s Internet Explorer 9 beta has passed 10 million downloads. Speaking at the company’s Professional Developers Conference last Thursday, Ballmer stated that the release is the most downloaded beta release of Internet Explorer ever. Microsoft also revealed that they had received 37 million pages views of their Test Drive site and 13,000 pieces of feedback have been submitted.

Microsoft also revealed that there will be no beta 2 of Internet Explorer 9. Unveiling a sixth developer Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9, Dean Hachamovitch, VP of Microsoft’s IE team, revealed the IE9 platform is “nearly complete”.

  • GP007

    Come on RC1, I’m ready and waiting. Home it’s later this month or early Dec at the most.

    • Tom W

      It’s possible it may land in late December before the holidays.

    • GP007

      Sounds good, do you also expect much if any UI changes compared to beta 1?

    • GreyWolf

      They need some unless they’re planning on deprecated things like RSS, web slices, bookmarks, etc.