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Microsoft is betting that most businesses still running Windows XP will upgrade to more advanced computers well in advance of XP's support expiration date. The software giant intentionally skipped XP support for Internet Explorer 9 to compete more effectively on Windows 7 machines.
Microsoft has been pushing IE9 "as the best browsing experience on Windows 7 because of IE9's use of hardware acceleration and integration with the Windows 7 user interface," noted Net Applications.
The strategy appears to be succeeding. On PCs running Windows 7 last month, noted Net Applications, IE9 accounted for an 18.5 percent market share worldwide and a 24.8 percent share in the United States.
"Although Internet Explorer lost usage share on XP, on Windows 7 [PCs] Microsoft increased global usage share, going from 54.6 percent in June to 54.8 percent in July, and in the U.S., Internet Explorer share on Windows 7 grew 0.6 percent to 68.1 percent," Net Applications observed.
Posted: 2011-08-16 @ 5:21pm PT
Not a huge fan of Firefox's rapid releases. Firefox 6 might as well be Firefox 4.0.3
Posted: 2011-08-16 @ 12:27am PT
Who still uses firefox? I use Avant browser for the features before they get ripped off and put into firefox (plus mouse gestures), and Chrome for pure speed and simplicity. I haven't used firefox in a couple of years but when I left it sure was starting to feel bloated like the next IE.