IE8 sees small user loss over first weekend

By Justin Mann on March 23, 2009, 5:51 PM
Following the releases of Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Chrome and Internet Explorer 7, it is usually safe to conclude that much of the growth a browser sees comes within the first few days since its launch. It's also noted however that after people begin to use new browsers, some invariably go back to their previous choice. Is the same happening with IE8? That's the way it seems just a few days after its initial launch. Reaching a peak of around 2.58% over the weekend, IE8's share has dropped back more than half a percent.

It's easy to predict slower than normal growth for a new version of the browser. Microsoft prides Internet Explorer as an “industry standard” browser to begin with, so many businesses and users might be leery to switch until necessary, opting to stick with an older version instead. Moreover, Microsoft hasn't advertised IE8 much. They do have the advantage of being able to push it through Windows Updates if they want, but have hosted no public events to give any publicity to their new browser.

All in all, these things might slow growth for the browser but shouldn’t actually cause it to fall backwards. So why would IE8 lose any share at all? Is Microsoft facing adoption issues? There are reports suggesting that this could be related to compatibility concerns, as some early adopters are finding that IE8 will not display some web pages accurately. It's too soon to say for sure, but it's worth paying attention to.

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