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Internet Explorer Gains Browser Market Share Against Firefox, Chrome
CRN ^ | Aug. 02, 2010 | Rob Wright

Posted on 08/10/2010 3:16:49 PM PDT by SmokingJoe

Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)’s Internet Explorer has staged a comeback in the browser war, reversing a trend of declining market share by posting two consecutive months of usage share gains against chief rivals Firefox and Chrome. For several months, Microsoft had been losing ground in the browser category. According to Web metrics firm Net Applications, Internet Explorer’s usage share numbers had been falling steadily for some time now; in September, IE had 65.71 percent of usage share last September, according to Net Applications, and had fallen all the way to 59.75 percent in May.

But in both June and July, Microsoft’s browser posted modest gains to bounce back to a current usage share of 60.74. “Internet Explorer extended its usage share gains by another .42% in July, gaining about 1% global share since May,” Net Applications’ report stated. “This is the second month in a row of global gains for Internet Explorer and the third straight month of gains for Internet Explorer 8 in the United States.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s gains were Google and Mozilla’s losses: both Chrome and Firefox lost ground, according to Net Applications. The declines were small, but coupled with IE’s growth in usage share, the data showed Internet Explorer 8 may be reversing the trend in the browser war for Microsoft.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: firefox; google; ie; internetexplorer
The very rapid adaption rates for Windows 7 (with IE 8 as default browser outside of Europe) probably has something to do with this. With most PC’s still running XP, Win 7 market share(and with it, IE users), can only go up.
This {IE 9 preview offers tantalizing look at IE's future} should send IE market share even higher.
1 posted on 08/10/2010 3:16:53 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

A lot of people like me actually do have several browsers, for example, I like Chrome because it’s quicker and has some nice features, but it doesn’t work with every site, so for those I fall back on IE.


2 posted on 08/10/2010 3:18:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SmokingJoe

Chrome rules.


3 posted on 08/10/2010 3:20:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Not according to market share figures, it doesn’t


4 posted on 08/10/2010 3:22:23 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe
I agree.

Most of my friends who have recently bought their first PCs use IE by default and wouldn't know what Firefox or Chrome were.

IE definitely has the "Goober" market share.

5 posted on 08/10/2010 3:26:35 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: SmokingJoe

If Winzigweich would come up with a migrate-procedure to allow jumping from XP to 7 without having to go to Vista first, they’d get even more. Perhaps some private brand migration software does this already.


6 posted on 08/10/2010 3:29:31 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: dfwgator

Firefox. I keep IE updated because of that occasional time when only IE is acceptable on a site I have to deal with. Every time I use it I am reminded why I don’t use it.


7 posted on 08/10/2010 3:29:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: SmokingJoe

I use Firefox and IE. What is this Chrome? good?


8 posted on 08/10/2010 3:30:10 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: SmokingJoe

I use Firefox...because it isn’t IE.


9 posted on 08/10/2010 3:30:23 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: SmokingJoe

Opera. Very stable.


10 posted on 08/10/2010 3:33:37 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SmokingJoe

I tried out that lastest Firefox (3.6.8, I think it was).

They apparently added all kinds of new crap. I started getting pop-ups and java loading.

I dumped it and went back to 3.6.3.


11 posted on 08/10/2010 3:34:32 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: nickcarraway
Chrome rules.

I tried the original Chrome beta and didn't care for it. It didn't have enough options and it kept a 'recently viewed' list of websites on the screen.

I haven't looked at more recent additions to see if they are better.
12 posted on 08/10/2010 3:38:00 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SmokingJoe

The honeymoon is over for me & Firefox, so after seeing this thread I went over to Google’s Chrome page. They have some of the dopiest, least informative informational videos I have ever seen anywhere. There’s some kind of loom and a lady playing a harp and there’s a pantograph....and the kind of music you hear in a commercial for baby hygiene products.
It was real slow loading too, but that’s why I’m disenchanted with Firefox.
I left without learning anything at all about Chrome, and I gave it a lot of chances. :(


13 posted on 08/10/2010 3:38:49 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: ColdOne
Don't bother with Chrome unless you use Google Docs.

Other than that, it really can't complete with Firefox.

14 posted on 08/10/2010 3:41:13 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: Retired Greyhound

One of my near-dear-here at 668 uses Opera, swears by it. Others swear at it.
It may be stable...and maybe I’m not...but I can’t get used to it, especially that speed dial thingy.


15 posted on 08/10/2010 3:43:59 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Opera’s main advantage is security, but I mostly use FF because of the extra features, like Cool Previews.

I just have to make sure I have FF add ons like Ad Block, Finjin, WOT, etc.


16 posted on 08/10/2010 3:46:08 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Don't bother with Chrome unless you use Google Docs. Other than that, it really can't complete with Firefox. Thanks for info.. good to know.!!! Thanks again Psycho_Bunny!!!
17 posted on 08/10/2010 3:48:14 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: SmokingJoe

Last week I did a reinstall of XP on my wife’s machine.

Had to do a little browsing to find some drivers, did that using IE -before- I loaded up Firefox.

It was AMAZING how slow and cluttered up the net was, compared to FF with Adblocker and NoScript. Websites that I’d always thought of as a breeze were like wading through molasses.


18 posted on 08/10/2010 3:52:52 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: dfwgator; All
What can FF users tell me about the "unresponsive script" notice that I get from time to time? I have looked to their "support" resources, which I find mostly useless. Also, why is my FF always in safe mode?

And, yes. I AM logged in. All the way in

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19 posted on 08/10/2010 3:53:17 PM PDT by don-o (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: dfwgator
Competition is good. There is no question that Microsoft went to sleep after IE gained 90% share and there was no effective competition for them. Now that they are getting serious competition from Chrome, Firefox and everyone else, they are starting to wake up. IE9 should be pretty good.
20 posted on 08/10/2010 3:57:33 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

And now HTML5 is going to really make things interesting.


21 posted on 08/10/2010 3:58:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

MS will do all right. You and some people may not like it but it is a ton better to install a new OS completely than to upgrade over an old OS. Just save important info and transfer it to the new OS.


22 posted on 08/10/2010 3:59:35 PM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: TomGuy

You must not have configured correctly. I would also recommend the FF extension “NoScript”. Very granular control of JS.

3.6.8 is a good browser.


23 posted on 08/10/2010 4:06:34 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

Is there a downside to that extension? Do some sites not display correctly?


24 posted on 08/10/2010 4:10:49 PM PDT by don-o (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Hugely addicted to using Opera here now. Not only stable, but just very well done from a usability perspective. And the tight integration with email, IRC, etc is also very nice. :) (And I believe Opera is leading the pack with HTML 5 implementation)


25 posted on 08/10/2010 4:16:32 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Retired Greyhound

I primarily use Opera. Do you know how to save logon ids and passwords on it?


26 posted on 08/10/2010 4:20:12 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Dallas59

me too don’t like I. I have Macs and Safari has good points but is not as user friendly as FF


27 posted on 08/10/2010 4:25:00 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: capt. norm

I resemble that remark.

I’ve stuck with IE since the early days. I tried Firefox and I really hate troubleshooting poorly working plugins.

Bottom line, if you aren’t an everyday user, stick with IE. Your tech support person will thank you.


28 posted on 08/10/2010 4:41:33 PM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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To: SmokingJoe

Lovin’ Opera. It rocks! Have to use IE for some very limited work-related stuff, but overall Opera is the best I have tried.


29 posted on 08/10/2010 4:45:39 PM PDT by Tuxedo (Got to keep the loonies on the path...)
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To: SmokingJoe

I recently bought a laptop.

The only time I used IE was to download FireFox.


30 posted on 08/10/2010 4:52:39 PM PDT by FoxPro (Out side of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it is to dark to read.)
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To: SmokingJoe

I have worked with IE, firefox (aka mosilla), chrome, opera, Konqueror, dillo. Even ice weasel (ice cat)

I accepted firefox with open arms, like all the others I have worked with on the networks I deal with..

But I quickly found out that it has very bad network manners. It behaves strangely. It hogs connection bandwidth even with no plugins. With the addition of the “faster fox” it becomes intolerable. It is almost like the people making firefox were a bunch of spoiled brats with the “I want everything now, to heck with everyone else” attitude, and that attitude spilled over into the program they made. It acts just a spoiled as the people that made it.

Firefox assumes that you have an uncluttered high speed connection. If you don’t, then you are asking for problems. If you have a network that connects via a dialup connection, one person using firefox will kill the usability for other people on the network. If it doesn’t get the next packet within a few thousandths of a second after the fist packet, it sends another request for the same page. With dialup, the packet flow isn’t fast enough to get in under that “re request” timeline, even with no one else using the connection. So the computer that manages the internet connection constantly gets pounded by the firefox computer when ever it’s loading a page, which means no one else can get anything.

While the IE and opera computers will happily wait as long as a get a few packets every second then they will just politely wait in line, until the data slowly trickles in.

In crowded high speed connections, firefox will also start to show the hogging behavior.

When you throw pre-fetching and fasterfox on top, then everything goes out the window. One computer can tie up a T1 connection and kill the usability for everyone else..

If I find someone using fasterfox or prefetching on one of my networks, I will ban the mac until they talk to me face to face.

It also terrorizes the server end too. That is why a lot of websites block any firefox user that is using fasterfox.

I am to the point that I suggest people avoid firefox. I, myself, stick with IE for the newer windows computers. I go with opera for the older windows computers. And I go with chrome or opera for linux computers.

It still gets me though, how a group of people that can come up with such a big program (firefox) can totally ignore how it’s behavior will affect the other users of large multi-user systems, and even the internet it’s self. How they can write a program with such poor network manners is beyond me.

And all the above, isn’t even getting into the user interface, and general usability….. which is another story…… For another time……


31 posted on 08/10/2010 5:13:29 PM PDT by Rage cat
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To: capt. norm

iMac / Safari for me. . . never used IE and used to love Firefox on my old
Dell but it had become very slow so I switched to Safari . . . it’s even better on
the iMac, but isn’t everything? And the mgic trackpad really rocks.


32 posted on 08/10/2010 5:24:24 PM PDT by SouthCarolinaKit
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To: Rage cat
There are still offices that merge several web browsing computers on a dialup? You administer them? Any browser is going to suffer performance problems on such a network. The entire modern web "assumes" copious amounts of bandwidth. I don't know what kind of Firefoxen you have, but mine certainly do not keep my internet connection frantically busy. I would not want that because it would interfere with other applications such as email.
33 posted on 08/10/2010 6:02:51 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
I primarily use Opera. Do you know how to save logon ids and passwords on it?

Opera should ask you to remember the password. Once it's remembered, when you visit the site again, clicking the button at the top with the little icon of a key will automatically log you in (I really love this feature).

34 posted on 08/10/2010 6:19:54 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: The Duke

I like Opera too— on both Windows and Macs. Now Camino is my first choice on Apple followed by Opera (might like Opera more if I took some time to look around the lastest version).


35 posted on 08/10/2010 6:23:05 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: The Duke

Thanks. I really need to learn more about it.


36 posted on 08/10/2010 6:26:23 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: SmokingJoe

Why anyone in their right mind would choose to have a Microsoft application on their computer if they had a choice, when there are other choices, is beyond me. But to each their own.

I’ll stick with Firefox.


37 posted on 08/10/2010 6:30:33 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Retired Greyhound

What is “Finjin”? I can’t find it in an extension search.


38 posted on 08/10/2010 6:47:45 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: don-o

It depends on what you allow. Like I mentioned, it’s very granular in permission settings. A lot of websites have javascripts from external sites. Google-analyitcs for example. Other site scripts can display ads and or pop ups. You can allow all for a particular site, or you can tell it to allow specific ones; just enough to get you around. Check out the NoScript site for more info.

You


39 posted on 08/10/2010 7:02:34 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: big'ol_freeper
Why anyone in their right mind would choose to have a Microsoft application on their computer if they had a choice, when there are other choices, is beyond me

Why anyone in their right minds, would come up with such a ridiculous statement like yours, is beyond me.
According to you, the over 90% of computer users on the planet, who CHOSE to use Microsoft applications like MS Office, IE, Exchange Server, SQL Server, etc etc, are not “in their right minds”, huh?
Say, did it occur to you, that it's you, a part of the tiny, fanatical minority, and constantly spew out garbage like this, who is not in your right mind?

40 posted on 08/10/2010 7:04:26 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Your screeching temper tantrum speaks for itself.


41 posted on 08/10/2010 7:34:49 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yes, It may come as news to all, but, real people, and real businesses actually exist outside of the range of cable, DSL, and what ever else.

The only options are cellular data, if available. And satellite data. Depending on the situation, they may, or may not be usable, or needed.

If you can’t get a view of the satellite in question, then no good. If you don’t have cellular data coverage, then no good. Some cell providers will actually cancel your account if you try to use it for fixed service. And if you’re primary work flow is E mail and “text” data files, then you may be able to get by with a dial up connection.

Sometimes, you have to go with a VPN or direct point to point (dialup) for privacy reasons when transferring documents.

Someone can say that they should get a leased line to run high speed data on, but at the distances you see out here in the sticks, you won’t get speeds much above dialup. You could say that you should get fiber, but money doesn’t grow on trees, and that cost real money!!!!!!There is one place just west of us where they have a direct way dish on top of a 100 foot tower to get above an obstruction. But that is an extream.

As I stated, even on a stout connection, it still causes problems. With faster fox, when you enter a webpage, fasterfox will follow all the links from that webpage and download all the webpages it links to, that way, when you click on any one of the links, you see the new page “instantly” The problem with that is, depending on what page you are viewing, the linked web pages may contain hundred’s of megabytes, or even gigabytes of data. So, while the FF user is calmly sitting there, reading the webpage, faster fox is simultaneously downloading 50 or more web pages. Everyone else on the network drags down to a crawl. The streaming media presentation in the other room grinds to a stop, and everyone gets mad! Once the person gets done reading the page, he may not even click on any of the links, so all that downloaded data is just thrown out.

When you are watching a packet snifer. The normal behavior when using IE or any other browser, when you have a heavily used connection, or a dial up is… (Request packet from the browser to the internet gateway)….(data packet). (data packet)(data packet)……. (data packet)……. (data packet)(data packet)…. On and on…

When you are using FF with a heavily used (high speed) connection …. You get…. … (Request packet from the browser to the internet gateway)….(data packet). (data packet)(data packet)…(re request packet)…. (data packet)… (re request packet)…. (data packet)(data packet)… (re request packet). On and on…

When you are using FF with a dial up connection …. You get…. … (Request packet from the browser to the internet gateway)….(data packet). (re request packet) (data packet). (re request packet) (data packet). (re request packet) (data packet). (re request packet). On and on…

When a computer does a new request or re request, it gets priority over ongoing data flow. Once the data starts flowing, the gateway equalizes the bandwidth among all ongoing data flows to balance things out. With the constant re-requesting every time the next packet in the line doesn’t show up promptly, the computer in question keeps pushing his data stream to the head of the queue. That basically shuts off the data flow to every other computer on the network until the FF computer is done pulling data. When you combine that with Faster fox, then ow buddy, stand back. I have seen gateways auto lockout a mac address because it confused the faster fox activity as a denial of service attack from inside/outside the system.

The makers of the software do not have the right to assume what you are using it with, or the network that it is going to exist in. The product should conform to accepted behavioral norms that other networking systems have set out! Other systems work fine, firefox doesn’t. It’s firefox’s problem. Plenty of people have complained over the years, but the people that make firefox won’t listen. It has got to the point that website owners have openly talked about banning all FF users from their sites. That is why the spoofer plugin that makes FF look like IE to the website it’s visiting was created. But website owners have come up with behavioral checks to determine if it’s really firefox/faster fox. If the visiting browser does specific things, then it gets banned.

How many other browsers out there have web site owners talked about banning? None that I know of……


42 posted on 08/10/2010 7:51:06 PM PDT by Rage cat
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To: big'ol_freeper
You want an absolutely insane screeching temper tantrum, read your first post in this thread again.
43 posted on 08/10/2010 8:40:34 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Rage cat

I do know one group that definitely wishes you would not use Firefox: it’s the hax0rs who want to 0wn your browser.


44 posted on 08/11/2010 12:02:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Retired Greyhound; Notary Sojac; HiTech RedNeck
I just have to make sure I have FF add ons like Ad Block, Finjin, WOT, etc.

If you use FF with AdBlock Plus, the filterset Rick752's EasyList Filter is a very popular and effective add on. The list is still being updated.

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Links posted here and to the WashPost article are still active.

45 posted on 08/11/2010 1:17:35 AM PDT by Eagle9 (Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.)
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To: don-o

I as well get that annoying “unresponsive script” warning box pain in the butt! Never had it until I got latest v. of FF 3.6.8 Guess I could go back to earlier v. But will wait and see if FF addresses this issue. Sure they are aware of it.


46 posted on 08/11/2010 4:38:22 AM PDT by donozark (Not all heroes wear tights and a cape.)
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To: Clara Lou

It’s actually called Finjan. It scans websites for bad stuff before you log in.


47 posted on 08/11/2010 9:08:01 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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