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IE8 is Now World's Most Popular Web Browser

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 81 comments

New world browser king, new shirt.

Firefox 3.5 was for a short period the most popular browser in the world, taking the lead from Micrsoft's Internet Explorer 6. With Firefox users now slowly transitioning from 3.5 to the newly released 3.6, the window was left open for Microsoft to climb ahead--and that's what it has done.

Microsoft pointed to Net Application's January browser market share report showing that Internet Explorer 8 is not only the most popular browser on Windows with 27.9-percent usage share, but that it now has 25.6-percent of market share across all operating systems on a worldwide-weighted usage share basis.

While Internet Explorer has taken a lot of heat over the years for rather loose adherences to web standards and security, especially when compared against the competition, IE8 takes big strides in making the web a better place.

The big factor is IE8's attention to malware protection. Microsoft boasted that, as of today, Internet Explorer 8 has done over 350 million malware blocks.

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    tramit , February 4, 2010 1:10 AM
    That girl sure does make me want to change to IE8 unless Firefox steps it up and shows me a better looking girl. :p 
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    alvine , February 4, 2010 1:28 AM
    rule 34 on that girl
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    haunted one , February 4, 2010 1:02 AM
    350 million malware blocks? That's just scary.

    Ironically, my comp got infected with some malware that targets just IE. I ended up having to disable IE!!!
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    tramit , February 4, 2010 1:10 AM
    That girl sure does make me want to change to IE8 unless Firefox steps it up and shows me a better looking girl. :p 
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    alchemy69 , February 4, 2010 1:19 AM
    I think those figures are almost as inflated as that blonde's chest, and just as artificially.
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    Nexus52085 , February 4, 2010 1:26 AM
    buzznutoh em gee. Internet explorer 8 has got to be the worst piece of $#!7, I mean software I have had the unfortunate displeasure to use in the last 5 years. They took a fully functional web browser, broke it, then took the ability to customize the browser away and hid it somewhere else!!!!I would truly love to strangle whoever did that, but instead I will do the next best thing. Delete internet explorer from all my machines and use firefox or chrome. I can't believe people actually like this crap!I also can not access my school's website with this IE8, even though my university wants student's to use internet explorer exclusively to access the website. They should have a disclaimer, "Works with Internet Explorer, unless of course you're using IE8 then don't bother trying to log on. Better luck turning in your semester project next time."


    Sounds to me like you don't know how to use IE.
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    alvine , February 4, 2010 1:28 AM
    rule 34 on that girl
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    devnul3 , February 4, 2010 1:47 AM
    Aurora.
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    dinamic , February 4, 2010 1:55 AM
    is it 1 April already?
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    foody , February 4, 2010 1:56 AM
    IE has gotten better over the years but still isn't very good at all. I'll be honest though, if Firefox didn't have add-ons that improved upon several aspects of the browser, I would probably be using Chrome.
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    nforce4max , February 4, 2010 2:18 AM
    Does IE come with the girl? :o 
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    buckcm , February 4, 2010 2:19 AM
    http://www.geekstir.com/img/choice.jpg
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    lashton , February 4, 2010 2:25 AM
    IE8 is far superior then FF 3.6, FF 3.6 is shit, slow and STILL has that f**ken memory leak, i honestly think that FF developers DONT know how to fix it
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    ta152h , February 4, 2010 2:29 AM
    tramitThat girl sure does make me want to change to IE8 unless Firefox steps it up and shows me a better looking girl.


    If that girl makes you want to do things with your web browser, I'm not sure everything is working quite right on you.

    Having said that, your doctor might have a good pill for it. Or even a bad one.
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    buckinbottoms , February 4, 2010 2:47 AM
    The study fails. It separates IE correctly by versions 6-7-8, but breaks Firefox 3 into 3.0, 3.5, 3.6 which doesn't make any sense as they don't break IE down by individual updates as well. The correct Firefox breakdown should be 1-2-3.

    In which case Firefox 3 would have 23.47% over IE8 at 22.37%.
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    IzzyCraft , February 4, 2010 3:33 AM
    buckcmhttp://www.geekstir.com/img/choice.jpg

    That's obvious that girl wont even talk to you but that guy with his dreamy eyes will love you forever
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    IzzyCraft , February 4, 2010 3:35 AM
    buckinbottomsThe study fails. It separates IE correctly by versions 6-7-8, but breaks Firefox 3 into 3.0, 3.5, 3.6 which doesn't make any sense as they don't break IE down by individual updates as well. The correct Firefox breakdown should be 1-2-3.In which case Firefox 3 would have 23.47% over IE8 at 22.37%.

    That's because IE updates are still consider to be the same version also those updates are usually just security fixes not changes to the browser over all while FF updates their version. 3.0 to 3.5 is valid not quite sure about 3.5 vs 3.6
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    Zoonie , February 4, 2010 4:32 AM
    So is this girl a FF girl or an IE girl? Which one is the photoshoped one?
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    phoenix777 , February 4, 2010 4:43 AM
    Had a hard time reading the article with that picture next to it...

    anyway, I use Chrome. Fire Fox doesn't really support 64-bit and I hate IE. So Chrome is my only option.
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