IE 10 trailing behind Chrome 23 and Firefox 17

The New Year doesn’t seem to bring good news at all for Microsoft. First, this morning Net application report suggested Windows Phones are still way behind Android and Apple’s iOS and now the website’s  preliminary data from December shows the company’s proprietary browser – Internet Explorer 10 is only being used by a handful of PC users worldwide.

NetMarketShare report

The browser, if you remember well was launched alongside Windows 8 release in late October and later as a preview version for Windows 7 users in mid-November – so this statistic is understandable. The latest market share numbers from Net Applications however reveal IE 8 still remains world’s most popular browser with 23.44 percent of the market share. Incidentally, Microsoft has released a ‘Fix It’ for IE8 to patch a vulnerability that affected the browser.

The higher version, IE 10, which is used on Windows 8, managed to capture 0.96 % last month.  On the other hand, IE9 was up by 0.5 percent and now has a total of 21.35 percentage points. Internet Explorer (all versions) holds a market share of 54.58%.

Other browsers such as Chrome 23 from Google occupies the third position with 15.75 percent while Mozilla’s Firefox 17 lies fourth with 10.31 percent.

Net Applications gathers data from 40,000 websites that have over 150 million unique visitors each month.

Update by admin: You have to remember that IE10 is being currently used only on Windows 8 which is a new OS, but that is not the case for the other browsers…

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Roger Dunning is a technology evangelist. He lives in New York with his wife and pet dog. You can find him 24×7 on the Internet.


  1. This wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that Windows 8 is barely being adapted, and IE10 is still a *PREVIEW* for Windows 7, would it??  (/sarcasm)


  2. Gregg L. DesElms

    The headline, here, is kinda’ almost misleading; and so, in a way, is the whole point of the article.  Shame on this website for allowing it.

    I’m no huge fan of IE anymore.  Anyone who, as I have, gets serious about an Android phone quickly learns to move over to Chrome (or, in my case, the Iron Portable Browser, which is a Chrome clone, but without all the privacy violations) in order to fully avail oneself of all the Android coolness.  So I’m no IE apologist…

    …but, c’mon, did the author of the story-in-chief, here, fail the part of elementary school where he was supposed to have learned about categorization?  This article’s headline compares one, so-new-that-almost-no-one’s-using-it-yet version of IE against all other browsers; and completely ignores — at least at first — that when said new IE version’s market share is added to the other three IE versions in use, IE still commands way over half of the browser market.

    Of course, I realize that that’s not as impressive as things, for IE, once were, back when it owned WAY more of the market than it now does.  And so, if that’s what the author, here, really had in mind, then maybe that’s what he should have written about.

    FROM THE ARTICLE:  “First, this morning Net application report suggested Windows Phones are still way behind Android and Apple’s iOS and now the website’s  preliminary data from December shows the company’s proprietary browser -Internet Explorer 10 is only being used by a handful of PC users worldwide.” 

    Really?  Are you KIDDIN’ me?  C’mon!  Did anyone really expect the Windows 8 phone, so soon after release, to have gotten even CLOSE to caught-up with either iOS or Android phones?  Or IE10 to have made any significant headway yet, given that the only operating system on which it’s intended to run was only released a couple months ago, and will take many months more to reach anywhere near its intended market penetration? 

    You wanna’ write sometning useful?  Write, late next fall, how the Windows 8 phone’s acceptance, after however many months it will have by-then been out, compares with either or both of the iOS phones’ and/or Android phones’ acceptance after the same amount of time in their respective life cycles.

    Write, in any case, about things that actually both tell us something, and which actually matter, will ya’?  In the meantime, go read a book on journalism and learn how to recognize what is and isn’t newsworthy.

    Geez. [shakes head in disbelief]

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  3. True, you have to remember that IE10 is being currently used only on Windows 8 which is a new OS, but that is not the case for the other browsers…

  4. Daniel Arendt

    Well, I don’t enjoy slamming Microsoft or folks like Mr. Dunning (or anyone else) because I don’t like bad news or its bearers. If one can take the word of, say, Microsoft 2012 certified partner “Soluto”, right now about 500 million active licenses for Windows 7 are operative; when someone like Mr. Dunning points out such tiny usage of IE 9 or 10, as someone who has used both (in addition to firewalls/AV such as get OPSWAT certs) with ZERO successful exploit/virus penetrations, I cannot for the life of me understand why so many people DON’T want 9 or 10. All I can suggest is theory that in IE you have to select InPrivate browsing, Active X filtering ( a whole ticking under  ToolsSafety), keep Windows updated and have a good real-time AV to have at least as good a browsing experience as Chrome and Firefox boast…but the latter are often presented as having same/better speed plus total set-and-forget security via inbuilts/extensions; when something goes wrong, just blame Windows architectures where user-unattended IE at least still sits as default browser for silent install/other problems leaking through other browsers/AV.

    In sum, Mr. Dunning has presented incredible numbers re IE, and that should open the door to discussing why so many avoid obviously competent Microsoft browsers; thank you for letting me offer my own thoughts on this enigmatic circumstance.

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