Will Internet Explorer 8 Survive the Browser Wars?

Posted on 22 March 2009

After the release of Internet Explorer 8 that debuted Thursday, Microsoft tried to make her position better in the internet browser’s market but it doesn’t seem that Microsoft will be able to win that battle at all.

Browser Market Shares

As compared to users of other browsers , IE users are not running towards IE 8 to embrace it; the new release of the Web browser that debuted Thursday. According to StatCounter, there was only 0.17 percent increase in users, making the stats IE 8 users from 1.39 percent to 1.56 percent until Friday 1 p.m EDT. To this, Aodhan Cullen, CEO and founder of StatCounter, stated that “I suppose the kindest description of user reaction to IE 8′s first public outing would be underwhelming”

The situation of IE seems really worst against other browsers, for example Firefox which is also the major competitor of IE. According to StatCounter, when Firefox 3 was in its beta testing, its usage was accounted for 7.8. But in June, the official release of FireFox 3 amazed everyone and site stats increased up to 18.9 percent of web usage in just first 3 days of release. This shows that Firefox is much more famous than IE because of its usage and advanced features.

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Problems and Bugs in IE 8

Issues have been reported by testers and users of of IE 8 about its crash and also about not displaying websites properly or not displaying them at all. Web compatibility issues have also been reported to the software vendor by its testers.

Browser Wars Intensifies

The situation is really getting worse for Microsoft when it comes to the browsers. Either Microsoft is not taking it seriously, or is really unable to compete with Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Google’s Chrome. Although IE is also available for free, but is no more a hot cake for users of internet; so rapidly losing its market share as a result.

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8 Responses to “Will Internet Explorer 8 Survive the Browser Wars?”

  1. Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

  2. tubefun4 says:

    The release of Internet Explorer 8 hasn’t had any significant impact on Firefox or any other competing browser, data collected by StatsCounter shows. While the final release of IE8 increased its market share slightly on launch day to 1.39 percent, Firefox 3.0 grew more quickly and reached 25.38 percent. The most significant losses were for Internet Explorer 7: the outgoing browser lost 0.4 percent of the total share.

  3. Sally Croft says:

    As a loyal Firefox user IE has little or no effect on me.

  4. lyle says:

    Microsoft will survive the war, in fact I think they will take some of the wind out of Google. I’m not a fan of chrome or firefox. I think that their browser platforms crash computers and make the load time longer. I have a SEO company and when Chrome or Firefox has ever been installed on any computer things seem to go wrong. I think IE8 will come out swinging.

  5. Peter says:

    There is no doubt MS will survive, not least because of their huge current market share. In 5-10 years time browsers will probably be defunct, so we will have to worry about some other IT interface challenge!

  6. Suneel says:

    Microsoft had been at war with all the other software companies from the start. And yet they are going strong.

    So there is no point in thinking whether MS will be in the rise or not.

  7. Jason says:

    ie will survive there’s no doubt about that. and firefox does displaywebpages incorrectly sometimes. but the questioun is if ie8 will emerge unscated. i think that firefox will definitely continue to increase its lead over ie and ie will soon dropout of the major internet browsers


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