We were all aware of Microsoft’s vision of Internet Explorer 10, a product on which the company was working for quite sometime. Originally released on 15th August 2012 for Windows 8, a new Preview edition of IE’s latest avatar has been released for download, this time for Windows 7.
Mozilla team recently sent a huge cake to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team to congratulate the company’s IE10 launch. The cake was “gone” in under 30 minutes, as tweeted my Microsoft. Seemed…it was really a tasty one!
Finally! Microsoft decided to “automatically” upgrade every existing version of Internet Explorer 6 on this planet. Why? It is because even though we are almost in 2012, there are at least 8.3% poor souls who still haven’t upgraded their browser.
After several months of beta testing, Microsoft has finally launched the first Release Candidate for Internet Explorer 9 to the public. Over 25 million users contributed to the testing process. The latest version of IE not only offers a performance boost, but also features a cleaner user interface, better tab controls, advanced thumbnail preview controls and enhanced pinning options.
Firefox finally surpassed Internet Explorer in browser market share, in Europe. According to the data from StatCounter, Firefox currently holds a 38.11% of the European browser market, while IE holds 37.52%. Surprisingly, Firefox didn’t do much to achieve this. It is Google’s Chrome, that spiked up its market share from 5.06% to 14.58% in just a year. Basically, Chrome took most of the share previously hold by IE.
Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate VP of Microsoft, reported that IE 9 Beta has been downloaded over 10 million times up till now, and that too in just six weeks. Well…that’s good for Microsoft. So can the Redmond-giant win back its honor with IE 9, just like it did with Windows 7?
Finally, it happened…at least as per the data from StatCounter.com. The market share of Internet Explorer has fallen below the 50% mark. Although it still retains its position as the most used web browser, at 49.87% (and decreasing), the future doesn’t look too good for Microsoft. Mozilla’s Firefox continues to get better at 31.5% while the newest kid on the block, Chrome, accounts for a rather surprising 11.54% of the market, up from 3.69% in September 2009.