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[News] Internet Explorer 8 failing to get back users

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/10/Internet_Explorer_7_Logo.png/64px-Internet_Explorer_7_Logo.png Microsoft released the first non-beta version of Internet Explorer 8 over a month ago, hoping that users that had switched to Firefox, Opera, and other alternative browsers would switch back. However, it looks like Microsoft has been unsuccessful so far.

According to Net Applications, which publishes IE8 market shares daily, Internet Explorer 8 has only gained about 1.4% in market share in the past month. This is small when compared to Firefox 3’s launch, which won a Guinness World Record with just over 8 million downloads in 24 hours, about 100 downloads a second. The demand was so high that Mozilla’s servers went down for a couple of hours during the period. Today, 89% of Firefox users use Firefox 3.

Internet Explorer 8 has introduced many new features, including “accelerators,” “web slices,” and a private browsing mode. Despite these new features, IE8 has done poorly among users on sites such as CNET, where it currently scores only two and a half stars. Users said it had “too many crashes,” “problems,” and was “way too slow,” and “mediocre.” However, CNET’s editor Seth Rosenblatt gave it 5 stars and said current IE users should definitely upgrade.

A Net Applications poll on their website showed that about two thirds of those surveyed preferred Firefox, while 14% chose Opera, 11.2% Safari, and 11% Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer has been losing market share for years, while Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome have been gaining market share. Opera remains steady at around 0.7%. Internet Explorer won over Netscape in the 1990s, but this time, it looks like the alternative browsers have a better chance. Microsoft has already confirmed that Internet Explorer will be a removable feature in Windows 7, the next version of Windows.

Will Internet Explorer 8 gain momentum and win back alternative browser users, or will it be like IE7, which only left a tiny dent in the usage share of other browsers?

Quick Info: Firefox is the top alternative browser, followed by Safari, Chrome, Opera, and the old, now unsupported, Netscape.

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