According to Stat Counter, Firefox now has 38.11% share in the European market as compared to IE’s 37.52%. However, here’s the catch. Firefox is not gaining users from Internet Explorer, instead Google Chrome is the one that is making dents into their market share. According to the Stat Counter CEO, Firefox has more or less been stable, whereas IE has been the one losing market share.
Google Chrome has about 14.8% market share as compared to 5.06% in December last year. That itself is a huge gain. Firefox on the other hand have lost market share since last year.
However, IE is still one of the top browsers in North America, but that crown could soon be placed on top of Firefox’s head too. Google Chrome is by far one of the best browsers available today. However, with Firefox 4 around the corner and the new Opera 11 browser it will be very hard for Internet Explorer to overcome the competition.
My prediction is that Google Chrome will own around 25-35% market share by end of 2011 and Opera should end up with 5-7% while Firefox remains stable or sheds some more users.
It is a big day for Microsoft today, at-least on the browser front with the introduction of the IE9 beta. IE9 Beta is definitely a huge change from IE8 and brings back Microsoft back into the browser competition.
If you want to catch up on the IE9 Beta, "Beauty Of the Web" presentation, you can follow all the action live at the official Microsoft feed.
To watch the IE9 beta conference, head over to this link, the conference should start in about 20 minutes or so. Have fun, and unlike the Apple event, this event can be watched on any browser . By the way the IE9 downloads is already available at beautyoftheweb.com.
Microsoft has been hiding IE9 from users and enthusiasts alike, shrouding it in secrecy like Apple does before a product is launched. This definitely puts Microsoft in a very tight situation since it cannot fail like it has done with IE7 and IE8.
The motto of IE9 is Beauty of The Web, and we definitely want to see it to believe it, considering that IE has always been a pain in the posterior for developers and designers alike.
To be really truthful, I do not care about IE9 unless it does something better than Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera. The time IE8 takes to open a tab would allow me to open and browse between 4-8 tabs on any of these browsers. Yes I have timed it, IE is that slow.
Unless IE9 does things that are drastically different, don’t keep your hopes high on it. I would definitely want to see a better browser, though I am not sure if I would see something better than I have already seen that will compel me to switch.
Microsoft has been losing browser market share consistently for past few years, and it does not help Microsoft that they are not doing enough or doing it quickly in the market they once ruled. It does not matter how many new feature IE9 adds, it has to be compelling enough for people to switch.
The elusive Internet Explorer 9 seems to have popped its head out, this time through a leaked video which is supposedly an actual IE9 beta installation showing off the features of IE9.
The creator of the video claims that they have access to the Internet Explorer 9 Beta installer and the video in question was made using it. IE9 will officially be unveiled in the next few days and considering the features it has or claims to have, it is highly anticipated.
Microsoft is preparing to unveil Internet Explorer 9 in September, however, there have been several IE9 screenshots which have been leaked in the past few weeks.
A new Microsoft IE9 user interface screenshot was reportedly posted on Microsoft Russia’s press site, this was spotted by Mary-Jo Foley of ZDNet.
As you can see from the screenshot above, IE9 sports a very minimal interface with only few buttons on the top bar and icons for home, favorites and settings on the right hand top corner. According to Mary, IE9 may also support web applications, where users can easily open any website without having to open Internet Explorer.
IE9 may also have a support for tear-off tabs which is present in Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari where users can drag a tab out of the current window to create a new Window.
Hopefully, in the next few weeks we would be able to end speculation on what IE9 is going to turn out like and see the actual browser in action. Oh well there are just 3 weeks left before the unveiling on September 15th.
At MIX 10 Microsoft released a Platform Preview version of Internet Explorer’s latest version. The browser shows a lot of promise with a high ACID3 score compared to previous versions and that shown at PDC09, support for CSS 3, HTML 5 and Hardware Acceleration. The FAQ page of the the IE9 Platform Preview has the following:
Q. Does Platform Preview run on Windows XP?
A. No. Internet Explorer 9’s GPU-powered graphics take advantage of new technologies available in Windows 7 and back-ported only to Windows Vista. These technologies depend on advancements in the display driver model introduced first in Windows Vista.
According to an interview on in a QnA with the press Dean Hachamovitch confirmed that Internet Explorer Platform Preview only supports Vista SP2 and above, which is effectively Vista SP2 and Windows 7 RTM. The final versions of Internet Explorer 9 will not be supporting anything below Vista SP2 as well. The reason as stated is the GPU powered hardware acceleration that IE9 uses for a rich graphics experience.
IE9 also supports HTML5 and CSS3, however, it falls way to shot in Acid3 tests scoring only 55/100 which is worse than most of the other browsers. IE9 supports GPU or hardware accelerated HTML5, which means that graphics and HTML5 videos will play much better on IE9 because it will utilize the graphics card for better performance.
The IE blog has a much more detailed post on the new features in IE9. If you are interested, you can download a preview version of IE9 from here.
MIX 2010 will go live in the next few hours, here is how you can watch MIX10 or MIX 2010 Online and enjoy all the keynotes from Microsoft.
MIX10 is a 3 day conference for web designers and developers who build innovative websites and will be held between March 15th and March 17th. The event is built up of keynotes and sessions for web enthusiasts.
However, the biggest keynote of the event is from Microsoft, who will most likely unveil Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) this year. IE9 is definitely big for Microsoft, even with Internet Explorer having the largest browser market share.
IE has been steadily losing the browser market share to more innovative browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome and more recently Opera. So if Microsoft does not deliver with IE9, we can definitely assume that they will see a big downslide in the browser market share.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of IE9, considering that IE8 left a lot to the imagination. Cut back to the topic, if you are as eager as me to catch up on MIX10, you can watch the live coverage of the entire conference online.
The Keynotes will be streamed live at VistiMix online, you watch watch it on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th at 9AM PDT. Don’t miss this one if you are a designer or a web developer. Streaming Link: http://live.visitmix.com/