IE market share slips, Facebook pulls support for IE7

By on January 2, 2012, 4:18 PM

While Microsoft was quick to announce Internet Explorer 9 gained significant ground in usurping IE8 on Windows 7, the latest numbers from Net Applications and StatCounter write a richer story than the company was willing to tell.

There is no question about it: IE still reigns supreme when all desktop platforms and browsers are considered. However, IE continues to shed users as Chrome chews into its once monopoly-worthy market share. Chrome leads the charge against Microsoft's hold, boasting the fastest growth of any browser with a yearly increase of more than 84 percent. Google's browser seems to be the browser of choice for 22-27 percent of Internet surfers, according to the data provided by both analytical firms.

Similar to IE, Firefox also continues to slip as users defect to Chrome. While Net Applications' figures show Firefox on equal footing with Chrome at 25% market share, StatCounter has already declared Google's victory by a few percentage points. Regardless of which analysis you look at, this much is clear: Chrome's rise to the second most popular browser is imminent. However, even with Chrome's rapid growth and IE's almost equally rapid decline, it may still be a couple more years before IE finally loses its crown.

As older version of IE fade into obscurity, support for IE7 also continues to wane. Facebook has joined the likes of Google, YouTube and a growing list of other websites who no longer support IE7 as the company's new "Timeline" feature does not work properly under the aging browser. Meanwhile, Facebook recommends using the "most up to date" version of Firefox, Chrome, IE or Safari.

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Guest said:

Do they know some businesses are still on ie6?

Guest said:

IE6 was originally released in 2001 (ten years ago). I understand some companies are still utilizing it, but it now becomes an issue for the IT department of said company and nothing else. If web developers and websites continue to support older browsers, then there would never be any room for ground-breaking developments.

Guest said:

I think it will come to a point where IE will become stagnant at some point in this pie chart, Mainly because IE still is the default for which most corporations design their applications for I know this for a fact cus of where I work. And this does not take in to account all the browsers running on intranets. And IE still is the easiest thing to control with group policy and etc... I've seen people using other browsers and a billion add-ons that contains who knows what. So even though even I don't use IE at home and all I just wanted to point that fact out! As much as we like to blast IE it's still doing important work.

Guest said:

i believe in the future windows will allow ie to be uninstallable; as an app.

Guest said:

while crappy fanboy sites like this one were even quicker to paint a rosy picture of chrome

Guest said:

To the above guest... why so salty? lol

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