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Chrome is taking what IE gives up

For many years Internet Explorer was the top dog when it came to web browsers. That was back when IE was the bundled browser with Windows and a lot of people didn’t know there were alternatives. Today, however, IE is under attack from more nimble competitors.
Back in November, Google Chrome put IE into second place in terms of usage according to StatCounter. The latest numbers show that IE is again slipping against Chrome and other browsers. The details on browser usage come from Net Applications and they show that over 2011 IE dropped seven points against the competition. At the end of December, IE was down to 51.9% of the browser market. 
Google Chrome took that entire share that IE gave up and grew 9/10ths of a point during the same month to get 19.1% of the market. Net Applications believes that IE will slip below 50% of the market as early as March of 2012. Microsoft is still choosing to focus on how well IE works on Windows 7.
"Based on where the December data currently stands," said Roger Capriotti, the head of IE marketing, in a Dec. 30 blog, "we're pleased to say IE9 ... will soon take the top spot from IE8 on Windows 7, with usage share expected to come in at nearly 25.6% this month."
Across all operating systems, IE9 had 11.5% share of the market in December and IE8 had 27.3% making it the most popular version. The numbers from Net Applications show that Firefox will slip to third behind Chrome by March. 

Source: Computerworld

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This is due to Microsoft's own design arrogance
By GatoRat on 1/2/2012 12:04:23 PM , Rating: 4
I've found that IE9 is more stable and faster than Firefox and would use it more, but Microsoft designers imposed a rigid, silly looking interface.

Besides the absurd big back button, there is a wasted space on the title bar--I really like how Firefox treats this space.

I like having separate search and address bars.

IE9 bookmarks are terrible. (Firefox has too many entries, but a mod takes care of that.)

Not everyone will agree with my points, but that's where Firefox shines--you can customize it much more than IE or Chrome. If Microsoft were to let me make IE9 look similar to Firefox, I'd switch back (Firefox is getting crazy unstable with all their rushed releases.)

By nangryo on 1/2/2012 1:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about your system and your firefox experience. But in my experience, I use waterfox, the 64 bit variant of firefox which is stable like a rock. On my 4GB Core 2 duo Notebook, I can open usually from 10 to 20 tabs at once. Close again and open again on hours and never crash or memory hog even at once. Fast n stable. Very satisfied

RE: This is due to Microsoft's own design arrogance
By TSS on 1/2/2012 1:12:38 PM , Rating: 2
It's due to microsoft's historical lack of understanding on how important browsers are for the internet. Or in fact how important the internet was. Remember ol' Bill Gates never placed much importance on the internet, he only realised it when netscape took off and we all know what happened next.

As soon netscape was killed MS got complacent again resulting in the lovely IE6 and ActiveX. My god. I still remember the day i switched. It was the day after i read about the exploit in ActiveX that allowed sites to download and install anything they wanted without telling the user. I quit the next day after getting bombarded with viruses and trojans from all kinds of sites that where safe before. From that moment on Mozilla took off.

It still took ages for IE7 to come out, and considering the time spent on it it was still an abomination. IE8 is reasonable. But i'll never trust them again because i saw what happened with IE6. Only when they're losing they really try so i'd prefer them losing.

Firefox isn't what it used to be though. It's still killer in addons, which is it's sole saving grace at the moment. But i've moved on to chrome because i desire my browser to be responsive above all else, and that chrome does best. Firefox's so sluggish by comparison.

Funny how that went really. I guess now i'm waiting for Chrome to get bloated and move on to the nexy fast browser :p

By StevoLincolnite on 1/2/2012 2:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
All browsers seem to feel the same to me, speed wise.
Got a Phenom 2x6 @ 4ghz, 16gb of ram, couple of Radeon 6950's in crossfire with my Apps+Windows all on 2x 128gb SSD's in Raid 0.
Everything is snappy and quick, never have to wait on a browser to launch or close. So generally I stick to firefox loaded up with heaps of addons.

SSD's make such a massive difference to system responsiveness...

RE: This is due to Microsoft's own design arrogance
By aebiv on 1/2/2012 4:05:14 PM , Rating: 4
Ahh yes, show us all your mighty epeeen...

By B3an on 1/3/2012 5:02:15 AM , Rating: 2
I haz 32GB, SSD's and a mighty 3930K @ 4.9GHz. So my epeen must be jigormous. *swings it around and smashes planets with it*

And BS. Even on this system i can still tell that Chrome is the fastest browser. But i love the hardware acceleration in IE9/10, it makes things smoother, and yes again even on a system like this.

Just one example - get up Google Maps, make the browser fullscreen and drag the map around the screen. On IE9/10 it's much smoother. Then try that on Chrome - laggy POS, just like Android! Why cant Google make something for once that doesn't seem like it's constantly in a BETA state?

By kleinma on 1/2/2012 2:30:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think the full lack of plugin support in the metro version of IE10 is a good indication that MS knows that their browser needs to be inline with the current web based computing world. They so far have done the best job I have seen implementing HTML5 standards, and the performance is on par with the latest chrome and firefox versions. I have all 3 browsers installed, but use IE9 for most day to day operations. I will continue to unless there are major advancements that come along in a different browser.

By JediJeb on 1/3/2012 2:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
I have Firefox, Chrome and IE installed also, but only use IE on one site that seems to require it to work, one of my credit card sites actually.

I updated my sister's computer over the weekend bringing it up to date with all the updates including the newest IE and honestly I did not like how when I tried to type in a web address it would pop up search results instead of sending me to the site directly. If I already know where I want to go, why should the browser try to think for me?

By BernardP on 1/2/2012 5:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still using IE8 and IE9 as my main browsers, with a side dish of Firefox and Chrome when IE has trouble with some web pages.

Chrome is much faster when using Google Maps, and I don't think it's only because it's a faster browser. I would bet Google is deliberately slowing down data transmission towards an IE browser.

What annoys me equally in IE9 and Chrome is the lost space at the top of the screen.

By kmmatney on 1/2/2012 8:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
Besides the design arrogance, there is no reason for MS to not allow the latest versions to work in WinXP. The latest versions of Chrome work in XP. Chrome is not very customizable, the the default design is better than IE, IMO.

I found myself using the Safari on he iPad a lot these days (posting from it now)

RE: This is due to Microsoft's own design arrogance
By FaaR on 1/3/2012 10:06:28 AM , Rating: 2
If Chrome just allowed you to set the location of its web cache I'd seriously consider switching away from IE on my PC. However since it does not, and I don't want my SSD to be cluttered up with millions of temporary files, I can't use Chrome there.

Yeah, I know you can plow through the registry and manually change the search paths, but there's dozens, if not hundreds of keys that need to be changed, so why should I bother?

Aahh, the registry... Don't we all love it so say!

By JediJeb on 1/3/2012 3:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
Seems everything MS buries its temp files so deep you can't easily delete them. What ever happened to simply putting all the temp files in the /temp folder? It is almost as if MS was trying to keep you from getting rid of that data in case the government wanted to someday be able to retrace your steps without much trouble.

Load up Picassa and let it search your system for all image files and see what it comes up with. There will be thumbnail images from sites you visited years ago show up buried deep in some folder with a 40 random character name on it.

By stardude692001 on 1/3/2012 1:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
Chrome would be great if it had a normal bookmark tab like IE and firefox. as it stands I keep all of my normally visited website up all the time because its such a pain to find them if I close them.

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