The latest releases of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox cannot seem to keep up the pace with the growth of Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7.
IE9’s strongest uptake rate is among Windows 7 users in the United States, where its usage share is bigger than that of Chrome 12.0 and Firefox 5 combined.
Chrome 12.0 and Firefox 5 are tied on usage share on Wnidows 7, with 11.65% each, according to statistics from Internet metrics company Net Applications.
IE9 is being used by 24.78% of Windows 7 users across the pond, with IE8 still king, with 43.27%.
“Internet Explorer 9 continues its good momentum on Windows 7 in July. IE9 has now reached almost 25% share on Windows 7 in the US in July. Worldwide, IE9 usage share on Windows 7 is now over 18% for July, leading the pack among the recent browser releases,” revealed Roger Capriotti, Director, Internet Explorer Marketing.
Net Applications analysts believe that the rate of IE9 adoption among Windows 7 users, both in the US and worldwide, is a clear sign that the Redmond company’s strategy to support only Windows Vista and its successor, but not Windows XP is working.
But while Windows 7 users seem to prefer IE9 to rival browsers, when taking into consideration additional platforms, including Windows XP, things are a tad different.
Worldwide, Internet Explorer’s usage share dropped from 53.68% to 52.81% between June and July 2011, a continuing trend. Firefox’s usage share is also dipping, when it’s not stagnating, and is down to 21.48% at the end of July from 21.67% the previous month.
Meanwhile, Google convinced more users to turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, with the open source browser increasing its usage share from 13.11% to 13.45% in the past two months.
Apple’s Safari is now at over 8.05% usage share, Net Applications revealed, while Opera has declined to as little as 1.65%.
Browser version-wise, IE8 fell under 30%, to just 29.30%, Chrome 12.0 reached 11.16%, Firefox 5 jumped to 10.39%, IE6 is down to 9.24%, Firefox 3.6 to 6.95%, and IE9 increased to 6.77% usage share.
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Platform Preview 2 (PP2) Build 10.0.1008.16421 is available for download here.
Windows Internet Explorer 9 RTW for Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1 is available for download here.
Firefox 5 for Windows is available for download here.
Google Chrome for Windows is available for download here.
Opera 12.00 Codenamed Wahoo Pre-Alpha and Opera 11.50 for Windows are available for download here.