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Happy birthday IE 8 – you are remarkably tough to kill

It was three years ago today (March 19, 2009) that Microsoft unleashed Internet Explorer (IE) 8. According to Microsoft, the priorities for IE 8 were security, compatibility, ease of use, web development improvements, as well as adhering to CSS specifications and other web standards.

Three years on, IE 8 is still the second most used web browser version in the world.

Is that impressive or just simply sad? You tell us!

IE 8 still has over 16% market share

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 about two and a half years after IE 7 hit computers around the world. That’s half the time it took Microsoft to move from IE 6 to IE 7.

To put that in perspective, Google Chrome was at version 1.0.154 in March 2009. The current stable release of Chrome is 17.0.963.

But for a three-year old browser, IE 8 is really hanging in there. If we look at the latest statistics, IE 8 is still the second most used web browser version, with 16.29% market share, only behind Chrome 17 with 27.52%.

Other sources are in line with this, giving IE 8 a 17.53% share of the web browser market.

If we combine browser versions, IE is still number one with almost 35% market share, followed by Chrome close behind at almost 30%, and Firefox at around 25%.

Finally, IE 10 will get auto update

IE 10 is already out in a preview release and is expected in a final version together with Windows 8 later this year.

Of course the new browser will bring a slew of news and improvements, but most interesting is that it appears that IE 10 will get auto update functionality in the style of Google Chrome.

We’ve studied what effect the auto update feature of Chrome and Firefox have had on those browsers, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with IE. Did you notice that there is no Chrome 16 or older in the chart above?

In fact, all the other versions of Chrome are bundles in that “other” category, each with a market share below 1%.

So as we say happy birthday (and good riddance!) to IE 8, we’re eager to say welcome to IE 10, and look forward to the continuing browser wars.



12 comments
dawesi
dawesi

Its shows how amazing that browser still is today.

 

Is anyone else sick of the one-browser-is-better-than-another propaganda (paid advertisement) machine, it's soooo 1997! IE8 does what it was designed to to: browse HTML4 (and other format) websites - it does that better than chrome. If I had to bet my life on and HTML4 browser, I'd bet on Firefox 3.4, then on IE8 - not chrome (the advertiser for this story : as it is the only download linked makes it kind of obvious)

 

As HTML5 isn't implemented by ANYONE fully yet,, I'd hardly be going around knocking HTML4 generation browsers; it's so lame and uninformed.

 

also not sure where you got your stats from (reference said advertiser : chrome), but worldwide marketshare for chrome is around 18% according to the source below:

 

http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/03/browsing-behavior-in-february-internet-explorer-chrome-down-firefox-up.ars

 

My personal oppinion, Firefox and Chrome are great browsers, but on Windows both webkit browsers )(chrome and safari) suck (and i mean suck, processor, memory, etc) which is why so many people use firefox, its a solid, independent browser.

dawesi
dawesi

Its shows how amazing that browser still is today.   Is anyone else sick of the one-browser-is-better-than-another propaganda (paid advertisement) machine, it's soooo 1997! IE8 does what it was designed to to: browse HTML4 (and other format) websites - it does that better than chrome. If I had to bet my life on and HTML4 browser, I'd bet on Firefox 3.4, then on IE8 - not chrome (the advertiser for this story : as it is the only download linked makes it kind of obvious)   As HTML5 isn't implemented by ANYONE fully yet,, I'd hardly be going around knocking HTML4 generation browsers; it's so lame and uninformed.   also not sure where you got your stats from (reference said advertiser : chrome), but worldwide marketshare for chrome is around 18% according to the source below:   http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/03/browsing-behavior-in-february-internet-explorer-chrome-down-firefox-up.ars   My personal oppinion, Firefox and Chrome are great browsers, but on Windows both webkit browsers )(chrome and safari) suck (and i mean suck, processor, memory, etc) which is why so many people use firefox, its a solid, independent browser.

Richard Benson
Richard Benson

That's all the XP users out there (and Citrix servers on 2003), no IE above 8 for those guys.

Richard Benson
Richard Benson

That's all the XP users out there (and Citrix servers on 2003), no IE above 8 for those guys.

Ola Johansson
Ola Johansson

Could only hope MS dare to be more aggresive a FORCE users to upgrade. At least home users.

Ola Johansson
Ola Johansson

Could only hope MS dare to be more aggresive a FORCE users to upgrade. At least home users.

Pradana Yuzian
Pradana Yuzian

ini sedih, masih firefox browser no 1.!!, mudah digunakan..

Yuzian Pradana
Yuzian Pradana

ini sedih, masih firefox browser no 1.!!, mudah digunakan..