IE11 Surges To Double Market Share, Chrome At Two Year Low

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The latest numbers from Net Applications show IE11 making big gains in the last month.  IE11 was released concurrently with Windows 8.1, but was not released on Windows 7 until early November.  IE11 gained 1.78  percentage points in November, moving from 1.49 percent to 3.27 percent.   IE10′s market share declined 1.44% to 17.50% largely due to users upgrading to IE11.  IE9 market share continued to slip to 0.24 percentage points to 9.25 percent.  IE8 continues to be the most popular browser with 21.74% market share, slipping 0.2% from last month.   Windows XP users cannot upgrade beyond IE8, I suspect IE8 will see a dramatic decline after WinXP hits end of life in 2014.  IE7 gained 0.03% to 1.34% overall, and IE6 lost 0.1% to 4.92% overall.  To summarize:

  • IE11 – 3.27%
  • IE10 – 17.5%
  • IE9 – 9.25%
  • IE8 – 21.76%
  • IE7 – 1.34%
  • IE6 – 4.92%

Overall IE now controls 58.36% of total browser market share, edging ever closer 60% which I think will be important for mind share.  Overall Firefox controls 18.54 percent market share, down 0.16% from 18.70 percent in October. Chrome ticked up 0.2% to 15.44% overall.

Browser Market Share

via Net Applications



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  • Nham Thien Duong

    A strange development is that despite this, more nations as a whole have been turning to Google Chrome, and to most of the internet community (Netizens) hate I.E. as a meme (internet trend), but to every insult I.E. is getting you’ll get a lot of people saying that’s ”it’s kinda good now” so people may become more aware that the browser they hate (I still have trauma’s from I.E. 6) isn’t that bad anymore, that’s it’s Awesomenet Explorer now.

    • nohone

      The more strange development about countries turning to Chrome is that those countries (especially EU nations) are very privacy oriented, but yet they want to use the browser that treats a user’s individual privacy as their personal play toy.

      • free2

        In the EU they put sponsored pseudoscience in the bin where it belongs.

    • http://lukeja.co.uk/ Luke

      I love IE but it has so many problems with sites, it generally displays then fine but the websites constantly lock up and freeze and sometimes buttons don’t work and sometimes sites crash completely. YouTube freezes a lot just when trying to type in the search box and thus is all on a high end browser. I don’t get any of these issues in chrome, as much as i hate google and their evil ways IE still needs to fix these major issues.

      • Rolf

        In many instances it is the website, which is in need of a fix not IE. There are too many webkit specific extensions outside of the html5 standard used these days, that webkit browsers are slowly becoming the new IE6.

        • http://www.simonpauldesign.com/ Simon Paul

          The difference is webkit extension are closely related to what will probably be standard soon. For CSS border-radius or gradients, that was very the case.

          With IE, its usually some very proprietary method of doing something such as their “filters” for gradients and other CSS methods.

          Also, IE fails in that maintains version segregation. If IE just updated automatically so that everyone was always on the latest, or very close to latest version, most of the web industry wouldn’t hate IE. But instead web developers of to maintain legacy support for IE6 through IE8, 9, etc. It’s a mess.

          • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

            If everyone is following the html5 spec there shouldn’t be a problem. Whatever engine is in the backend shouldn’t matter, except for performance.

            I agree IE needs to be more aggressive in auto-updating, but I blame enterprises for that mess.

  • BIAS

    I only use chrome when on public comps with old IE. I use Mozilla Firefox on my machines, as ie is crash prone when using Flickr or other heavy sites like blackboard. Otherwise if MS gets their “delete history on exit” and we get adblock for the metro version IE, I’ll be good to go….

    • Sugadevan

      IE already have “delete history on exit” for a long time.

    • GetEdumated

      There actually is ad-blocking built into IE 11 Metro. It’s not Ad Block Plus and it’s called something that may not be intuitive but I’m at work and can’t check what it’s called or where to find it. Dig around and I’m sure you’ll stumble across it. I was able to select EasyList USA and it seems to work just like Ad Block Plus.

      Also, if you are unaware, you might try Reading View (little book icon at the right of the address bar of supported sites). It removes all ads leaving only content in a touch friendly format for sitting back and reading.

  • cybersaurusrex

    In spite of all the blog hate, IE is growing… lol

  • Frank Turner

    To be fair, and not to rain on anyone’s parade here, but a bit of this uptick in IE11 adoption is due to the fact that Microsoft is pushing this update out through automatic updates, at least on the Enterprise level. I know this because, where I work providing IT support, we’re getting the browser upgraded automatically. Normally, this would be fine, but since because of our use of Kronos and SAP and they’re not playing nicely with IE10 or 11, we’ve had to roll back the update and block the upgrade from automatically happening.

    • cyrrus

      Then you have big problems -cause there are many ways to manage updates correctly -with Group Policies and Windows Update Services. Obviously you do not support properly your users in function of their business requirements -with proper testing and validation

      • Frank Turner

        All
        true, but there’s a level above me in the food chain that makes decisions on
        how group policy is implemented. And down in the trenches where I work, we support our users just fine, thank you very much. I just happen to work in a very large, diverse enterprise environment, and the needs for users for the whole enterprise are quite varied, so there’s a pretty open policy on automatic updates, for example. Generally, that’s fine, but in our case, the IE updates have been problematic. And we’re not the only ones, I’d guess, since Microsoft themselves released the upgrade blocking tool that we’re using.

        I’ve got no beef with IE11
        personally, and use it at home. We’re stuck on IE9 at work, and that’s fine too. My point was that it’s more likely that the increases in IE11 adoption (and IE10’s decline) is more about automatic updates. Seriously, why is this even a big deal? Firefox and Chrome update automatically. It’s just a big deal when IE does it because IE is generally the standard in most enterprise environments, and their updates are bigger news (and sometimes more problematic) as a result. But no worries.

        • Frank Turner

          Hmmm. Formatting weirdness on my above post. Don’t know why that happened.

  • freeman

    How come you only use one source for browser market share. A source that is based on only 1300 unique hits on 40,000 sites daily. Yet ignore all the other sources that put chrome as the number one browser.