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IE9 nabs 3.6% Windows web share, Microsoft still down

updated 09:40 pm EDT, Fri April 1, 2011

NetApplications March share shows IE9 growing fast

Internet Explorer 9's launch was enough to see it carve out a significant piece of the Windows web in its first two weeks. New data from NetApplications for March showed IE9 getting 3.56 percent of Microsoft's web traffic. While small, it was enough to outpace Firefox 4's 2.8 percent.

IE8 now down to 51.57 percent.

Internet Explorer as a whole had dropped, however. Combined, it dropped almost all of a point to 55.92 percent, a new low. Firefox was nearly flat at 21.8 percent, but both Google Chrome and Apple Safari made significant strides, reaching new highs of 11.57 percent and 6.61 percent each.

Windows as a platform was also at a new relative low of 89.58 percent while the Mac was nearly at its high under current revised figures, at 5.25 percent. iOS was up to 1.87 percent under current tracking figures, and Linux recovered slightly from some of its losses.

The results are still early for IE9 but point to the browser so far appealing only to existing Internet Explorer users on Windows rather than bringing in those from competing browsers and operating systems. IE9 is a major step forward for Microsoft with a truly accurate and fast web engine but is partly playing catch-up with features present in rivals' browsers for months or longer.

Browser share within Windows

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By Electronista Staff


  1. Joe05

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2010


    IE 9

    IE9 hasn't been released thru windows update yet, it's very fast, as fast or faster than Chrome, Safari isn't even worth mentioning , I use Chrome exclusively on my Mac.

  1. The Vicar

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2009



    "rather than bringing in those from competing browsers and operating systems"

    How could IE bring in users from other operating systems (in this context)? It only runs on Windows.

  1. Steve Wilkinson

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2001


    I'd try it....

    But, it only runs on Windows.... and not only that, only in the latest version which only a few people have.

    I'm happy to see M$ going this direction, but they have a LONG trail of legacy cr*p trailing them. As a web site owner, if they could just get most of their users past IE6 I'd be happy!

  1. hayesk

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Sep 1999



    What sites does NetApplications encompass, anyway? To me, it seems the Mac market share is low. I wonder if it isn't a true representation of web traffic?

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