Internet Explorer makes a strong showing in its first few months on the market

Microsoft reached a milestone for its new Internet Explorer 7.0 (IE7) browser on January 8. IE7, which was released on October 18 has achieved the 100 million installations mark.

Also according to the latest browser usage figures by WebSideStory, 25% of visitors to U.S. websites were using IE7. That number is expected to grow rapidly once Windows Vista is released to consumers on January 30. IE7 is the default web browser on the three consumer-oriented versions of Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate).

Firefox, always a popular browser with techies, was pulling in 10.7% U.S. marketshare as recently as December 19.

IE7 and Firefox still don’t quite have the muster to take down the perennial browser leader: Internet Explorer 6. IE6, which was first released on August 27, 2001 is still the leading browser on the market with around 62% marketshare.

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