Microsoft’s big bet on Internet Explorer 9 with Windows 7 appears to be paying off.
The company released Internet Explorer 9 in March to Vista and Windows 7 users. Microsoft excluded Windows XP owners in a bid to convince users to upgrade to the company’s latest and greatest. Windows XP accounts for nearly 50% of all operating system usage share worldwide, making it the most widely used operating system. Microsoft’s competitors still actively support Windows XP with their latest browsers, allowing them to pick up additional usage share.
Despite the risks involved, Microsoft’s gamble appears to be paying off on the Windows 7 side. Internet Explorer 9 has now reached nearly 25% share on Windows 7 in the U.S. during July. IE9 usage on Windows 7 worldwide is now at 18.5% in July too. Both figures are above Google’s Chrome 12 and Mozilla’s Firefox 5. Microsoft’s overall Internet Explorer usage share dropped again in July however. Internet Explorer now holds 52.81% usage share according to statistics from Net Applications.
Microsoft highlighted a drop in Internet Explorer 6 usage on Monday. “In Business, as IE9 moves in, it’s clear IE6 is on its way out,” said Microsoft’s director of Internet Explorer Marketing Roger Capriotti. Internet Explorer 6 has dropped by 12 percentage points during the last year and accounts for 4-5% usage share in business accounts. “With end of life for IE6 and Windows XP rapidly approaching, we expect this drop in share to continue,” said Capriotti. “It’s great to see that the move of businesses off Windows XP and IE6 is helping to drive a worldwide drop in IE6 share,” he added.
Microsoft is currently readying its Internet Explorer 10 browser. The company is expected to unveil a beta version of the browser at its BUILD conference in September.