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IE8 Users Revert to IE7

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When a new browser launches, it’s natural for there to be a huge surge in users. Basically everyone downloads it to try it out and then they go back to what they were using before. These are the people who never planned on switching from Firefox to Chrome or IE to Firefox and were just curious to see what it was like on the other side.

That said, it’s rare, at least for browsers, to see users reverting back to an older version just after the updated verison launches. According to InformationWeek, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 seems to be losing market share, even though the browser has been on the market for less than a week.

Backing up the report, IW posted some numbers from Net Applications: as of 8:00 am Monday, IE8 held 1.86 percent of the browser market, down from a high of 2.59 percent on Sunday. 

While comfort is always a factor (just this morning we were talking about downgrading from Windows ME to Win98 back in the day) InformationWeek also points to the the fact that Explorer 8 uses default support for some new web publishing standards that aren't supported by a number of major publishers. As a result, someusers have complained that they cannot view certain sites.

Some IE8 adopters reported that even pages built with Microsoft's own Web publishing software, Microsoft Publisher, failed to render properly in the new browser. Yikes.

Check out the full report on InformationWeek here.

Did you any of you guys upgrade/switch to IE8 or did you stick with Internet Explorer 7 or your current browser? If you did stick with what you had before let us know why!

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    jsloan , March 24, 2009 5:04 PM
    yeap i ran into this problem. google, this site, would not render properly, i had to force enable compatibility mode for all sites, else i ran into problems. things like text boxes were rendered in very small font, to the point that they were unreadable and unusable. i even switch to firefox because of problems. nows i'm back, but i still have some issues and one wonders is it the websites or ie8. firefox renders them ok, so did the old ie7, but not ie8, it could be that html standards have changed or that people did not follow them, but the solution is not to break every website, it's to default to what everyone did and not break everyones site...
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    DT12 , March 24, 2009 5:06 PM
    I installed it at home and work. Nothing wrong and very fast. I also use Safari,Chrome and of course the Fox...
    For those with issues just use compatability mode...
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    maaksel , March 24, 2009 5:12 PM
    I use Chrome and love it. Sometimes chrome will have some issues, and after a reload or two I switch over to IE7 and it will work... then back to chrome as quickly as possible.

    Its clean UI and speed are the main reasons I was attracted to it.
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2009 5:12 PM
    i can't find a version for os x. what gives?
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2009 5:22 PM
    Since Opera does it all for me(email, web, torrents) I wasn't even tempted.
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    SneakySnake , March 24, 2009 5:23 PM
    who would use IE8 on OSX??? Safari is heavily optimized in OS X and has compatability with other OS X apps. If you really can't stand Safari download OmniWeb (os x only browswer) or Firefox
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    mdillenbeck , March 24, 2009 5:24 PM
    In trying out Windows 7, I found out that our web based time sheets don't work with IE8. That and no significant gains over FF3 has be back to using FF3 almost exclusively.

    Which makes me wonder how much the IE8 surge was due to the Windows 7 beta, and the large fallback are people putting on their favorite browser shortly thereafter.
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    curnel_D , March 24, 2009 5:27 PM
    It has a little broken page icon up in the top corner by the refresh button. At hand compatability views. Using this, I havent had a single problem, and even have toms working right finally.
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    michaelahess , March 24, 2009 5:36 PM
    So far good luck with it. I've had some sites not look right, until I used the compatibility view, so far it's been great. Haven't used it on any of my 64-bit machines or vista yet though.
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    kelbo , March 24, 2009 5:40 PM
    I think we are talking about those people who just installed it to "try out", and went back to their original preferred browser. I, for example, use firefox, and installed it to check it out, but I am still using firefox.
    I even liked it, internet explorer 8 proved me very fast and good, for the few days I used it.
    downgrading?? well, as long as they have a compatibility option, no need to.
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    JubalHarshaw , March 24, 2009 5:43 PM
    I use firefox, but like you said, had the curiosity to see the other side, but IE8 is buggy and after installed, my feeddemon gone mad. I tried to install feed reader and it had the same problems despite firefox being the default browser. I had to restore the system to solve the problem. I think IE8 needs a few patches before become usable.
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    joex444 , March 24, 2009 5:43 PM
    I've been using IE8 since it was Beta 1. Very few sites don't work properly, and of those I haven't had one that didn't work in compatibility mode. So, basically, IE8 final is not really any different from RC1 that I've found. But it is improved since Beta 1 and 2.
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    starim , March 24, 2009 5:54 PM
    I normally use Firefox but played with IE 8 and liked it. I actually prefer the IE8 user interface to Firefox. And as far as sites not working, all you have to do is turn on compatibility mode by clicking one button. I switched back to Firefox just because it's been reliable, but I could switch back to Internet Explorer without complaints.

    As a web developer I also love the fact that IE8 is very standards compliant in its rendering. The days of having to use hacks to get things to display correctly in IE should be gone now. And that makes me very happy.
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    duckmanx88 , March 24, 2009 5:54 PM
    more people will hopefully switch to chrome, which would help Google figure out that it has zero privacy settings for the browser
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    teh_boxzor , March 24, 2009 6:04 PM
    i just tried ie8 and its very fast...It's a great backup browser to ff3 if i need something real quick.. also the highlight and search or map feature was real nifty.
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    DVFinn , March 24, 2009 6:10 PM
    In compatibilty mode IE8 reports itself as IE7 in response to calls like Request.Browser.Type

    Depending on how the statistics were gathered what looks like people reverting is likely just an illusion created by people turning on compatibilty mode. A lot of them probably just set it on by default rather than bother doing it site by site.
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    bourgeoisdude , March 24, 2009 6:14 PM
    I've used IE8 since the beta last year. This site was definately giving me difficulty pre-RTM but it seems to finally be working properly with the newest version.

    Frankly though, this site has given me problems with IE regardless of the version since the latest revision about a year or so ago--IE6, IE7, IE8--they all seemed to crash after clicking the "next" buttons in the longer articles more than four or five pages into it. This is regardless of what PC I use--home built, Dell, HP--also happened on 2000, XP, or Vista. Being the only site that has given me so many issues on IE, it kind of pissed me off a bit. Still, I haven't had the problem with the final release of IE8.

    As far as gmail goes, it's kind of a mixed thing. Most of the time, it works just fine, but on occassion, the navigation menus for the email screws up. I have no idea why it would work most of the time and not all of the time.

    Other than gmail and a certain fan-based Star Wars web site, I have not had any issues with the final release of IE8.
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    bourgeoisdude , March 24, 2009 6:16 PM
    Forgot--those sites DO work consistently with compatibility mode enabled.
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    velocityg4 , March 24, 2009 6:16 PM
    I just updated to IE 8 for the heck of it and it seems exactly the same to me as IE 7. However, I just use IE for ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC to view full episodes of shows in HD. Otherwise I use Firefox. Firefox seems to crash and stutter more often with HD video probably because they did a crap job making the Move Media Player.

    SneakySnakewho would use IE8 on OSX??? Safari is heavily optimized in OS X and has compatability with other OS X apps. If you really can't stand Safari download OmniWeb (os x only browswer) or Firefox

    Some sites, especially financial, require IE. In other words lazy or MS bribed IT departments.
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    wikiwikiwhat , March 24, 2009 6:19 PM
    IE8 stops downloading anything from it. I have to use Firefox. I mean, it acts like it going to save something to the spot you want but when you go there...nothing. Kinda not liking Win 7 as a whole now. I have the 4057 build of Win 7 too. Contemplating about going straight back to Vista Ult.
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