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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Jibberish18 said:
Shame. Though I'm sure it'll pick up usage and popularity much more quickly once Microsoft releases it through WIndows Update and advertises a little. Excellent browser. Much improved over IE7 and MUCH faster. Three things though being for one it seems to use a LOT of RAM in Vista, tabs have lag when opening and it doesn't give you a master password to use when remembering your password for you. I'm sure, like Safari, that it depends on the operating system as a whole to be your Master Password but I don't like that.
DarkCobra said:
Had a lot of trouble migrating favorite links over from Firefox's Bookmarks. Finally, just did it manually. I'm finding no noticeable speed increase with IE8 at all. In fact, closing the browser seems to take a while. All-in-all, a few extra features but nothing really exciting here in the least and certainly nothing worth switching from Firefox at all. I agree when it hits the massive Windows Update the majority of people will get it and decide for themselves. Its decent but it's not as good as Firefox or Chrome.
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