Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), the latest major release of Microsoft’s web browser, has managed to gain a lot of market share on computers running under Windows 7.
Launched in March last year, the browser managed to become the second most used Internet navigation tool on Windows 7, second only to Internet Explorer 8.
Most of its growth, however, was at the expense of its predecessor, which actually managed to enter the New Year as the leading web browser on the platform.
Recent data from netmarketshare
shows that Internet Explorer 9 is bound to take the lead in usage on Windows 7 very soon.
IE9 was able to climb to the second position in usage on Windows 7
back in November, leaving Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox behind.
At that time, we all expected the application to become the top browser on its desktop platform before year’s end. Now it appears that we should wait a bit longer before that happens.
“Last month we predicted that IE9 was on a path to be the number one modern browser on Windows 7 worldwide,” Roger Capriotti, Director, Internet Explorer Marketing, notes in a blog post.
“As of November, IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide was higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox – second only to IE8.
“Based on where the December data currently stands, we’re pleased to say IE9 is still following that trajectory and will soon take the top spot from IE8 on Windows 7, with usage share expected to come in at nearly 25.6% this month.”
IE9 already managed to become the top browser on Windows 7 in the United States market. It's growth in the country should continue at the same pace.
With the previously announced automatic updates
for Internet Explorer set to kick off this month around the world, we’ll certainly hear more of this soon.
In the meantime, those who did not give IE9 a try, can already find it available on Softpedia via this link