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Internet Explorer 8 Turns 3 Years Old, Still Going Strong

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer just turned three years old.

Released on March 19, 2009, it has turned into the browser that is largely ignored by its developer. According to StatCounter, IE8 holds almost 17 percent of market share, only second to Chrome 17 with 27.12 percent. IE8 still has the lead over IE9 (14 percent), which was released a little over a year ago and is only available for Windows Vista SP2, and Windows 7.

IE8 is likely to turn into another IE6 problem even as Microsoft is updating IE8 with a silent update feature around the world. IE8 has no hardware acceleration or HTML5 capabilities and therefore not important to Microsoft from platform point of view. In its browser reports, Microsoft only refers to IE9 as its browser and will only talk about the success it has under Windows 7.

What has made IE8 a fascinating browser from a statistics point of view is the fact that Microsoft has cut off its users from an upgrade path. Those who still use Windows XP will need to upgrade to Chrome or Firefox (or Opera or Safari) to enjoy HTML5 features. It almost seems as if IE8 has been accepted by Microsoft as a painful, but decisive cut that transitions its users to an HTML5-only user base for Windows 7 and Windows 8 applications.

According to its own website, IE6 is still at about 7.1 percent market share globally. IE was released in 2001 and replaced with IE7 in 2006. IE8 has been replaced in March of 2011 by IE9. How long will IE8 be with us until its market share becomes insignificant?

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    Anomalyx , March 23, 2012 7:35 PM
    Quote:
    Internet Explorer 8 Turns 3 Years Old, Still Going Strong

    Wait... it was strong?
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    memadmax , March 23, 2012 7:10 PM
    Waterfox.....
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    Anomalyx , March 23, 2012 7:35 PM
    Quote:
    Internet Explorer 8 Turns 3 Years Old, Still Going Strong

    Wait... it was strong?
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    jryan388 , March 23, 2012 7:44 PM
    only ie option for xp users... and u do need ie every once in a while.
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    obsama1 , March 23, 2012 7:57 PM
    Whenever I help people with their computers, if they have IE8, I always update them to IE9, or if they have XP, I tell them to download Chrome. IE8 has THE worst HTML5 scores I've ever seen.
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    captaincharisma , March 23, 2012 8:11 PM
    jryan388only ie option for xp users... and u do need ie every once in a while.


    browsers have extensions to have IE tabs and opera has a way to view pages as IE so no ones has any use for IE now other than windows XP users because it the only way to use windows update
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    captaincharisma , March 23, 2012 8:12 PM
    memadmaxWaterfox.....


    is nothing but a bad hack of firefox
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    anony2004 , March 23, 2012 8:32 PM
    People still use IE? Gosh.
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    DEVILVSANGEL00 , March 23, 2012 8:38 PM
    I have to admit i use IE 8 still with all the updates installed, as soon as i tryed IE 9 i totally hated it and hate how they changed it all, the layout of IE 8 was the best out of all of the IE series and they changed it around so much it was annoying, in this case just because IE 9 was newer dosent mean that it was better except for the html 5 support thats it. i also use chrome as my back up for html 5,

    if microsoft included html 5 support for its IE 8 i think alot of people would of stuck with it over IE 9.

    same goes for when direct x 10 was released and they forced people to upgrade from xp because they wanted to get people to buy their newer so called improved operating system aka vista.

    typical microsoft i say
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    A Bad Day , March 23, 2012 8:40 PM
    "An browser is a browser! There's no difference between IE8 and Chrome 17 or FF10!"

    -My dad's belief for all software, except for XP and Vista.
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    LuckyDucky7 , March 23, 2012 9:45 PM
    And if Firefox or Chrome had real enterprise features, such as the ability to lock down the browser using Group Policy, they'd be replacing IE 8 in more than just personal usage.

    But as it stands right now, I can't/won't use anything but IE, because with it I can stop lusers from installing toolbars and other crap, and make sure that the traffic goes through the content filter (and that they can't change that address), and that the homepage stays locked to Google and doesn't change to that default MSN garbage.

    I want to be able to switch the browsers because Firefox/Chrome is so much better, but right now that's just too much work, so we stay on IE 8.
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    bison88 , March 23, 2012 9:56 PM
    I'm not really digging some of the cosmetic changes to IE since IE7, but it isn't that bad anymore and isn't really considered the standard for web development like it once was holding everyone back. More and more I find I need multiple browsers (at least 2) to have a good experience on the web, which is good and bad IMO. Good in a way you don't have one browser monopolizing the web technology, but bad in the sense that nobody has a set standard that all browsers are forced to abide by. There are some sites that Opera just wont play nice with and some that only IE8/IE9 does (my combo). I'm not sure how that applies for Chrome/Safari/FireFox users, but I kind of need two browsers if I wish to continue using Opera.

    For me it's both good and bad that IE has fallen, but personally the UI changes are not that great. Sure it looks clean but at least the competing browsers offer near full customability to make up for it. Kind of like you get a empty canvas to mash into whatever your heart desires. Can't do that with IE8 or IE9.
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    daveotlinux , March 23, 2012 10:04 PM
    Who else out there is using Firefox with noscript? Those who do, how many are allowing scripts from places like StatCounter to run? Guess you are like me, and are not counted. Don't believe usage statistics, they are based on incomplete or erroneous data.
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    dameon51 , March 23, 2012 10:15 PM
    IE 8 won't be as problematic as IE6 because
    1. auto updates
    2. IE 6 had bad standards support, so large corps/gov with custom apps didn't upgrade on purpose because of their custom apps, forcing other dev's to also support IE6
    3. even though it scores low on the acid tests, unless you really go to town with html5 and css3 IE8 handles mostly the same as newer browsers.
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2012 10:27 PM
    IE8 will be around for a very very long time - far longer than IE6. I am using Windows XP Professional and will use it for as long as I can with current situation.

    Congratulations to Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and other browsers to support XP. I am sure there are many people out there still on XP and this provide the opportunity for those browsers to prove themselves, gain market share and user loyalty.
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    sonofliberty08 , March 23, 2012 10:45 PM
    does someone really use it everyday ?
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    memadmax , March 23, 2012 10:52 PM
    daveotlinuxWho else out there is using Firefox with noscript? Those who do, how many are allowing scripts from places like StatCounter to run? Guess you are like me, and are not counted. Don't believe usage statistics, they are based on incomplete or erroneous data.


    ^ +1
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    Anonymous , March 23, 2012 10:54 PM
    It's like I tell my users at work "I know you have password saving enabled, but there's a known issue affecting IE4 through IE9 that it still won't remember them anyways. Microsoft has been unable to fix this problem in 7 years with 1000s of developers. If you want your passwords remembered, you're going to have to start using Firefox, sorry".

    Here's an official Microsoft 10,000 word troubleshooting guide to something that "just works" in any normal browser.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ieinternals/archive/2009/09/11/troubleshooting-stored-login-problems-in-ie.aspx
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    captaincharisma , March 24, 2012 1:00 AM
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    It's like I tell my users at work "I know you have password saving enabled, but there's a known issue affecting IE4 through IE9 that it still won't remember them anyways. Microsoft has been unable to fix this problem in 7 years with 1000s of developers. If you want your passwords remembered, you're going to have to start using Firefox, sorry".

    Here's an official Microsoft 10,000 word troubleshooting guide to something that "just works" in any normal browser.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ieinternals/archive/2009/09/11/troubleshooting-stored-login-problems-in-ie.aspx


    that or just get roboform or lastpass
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    Hypertraxx , March 24, 2012 5:55 AM
    WHAHAHAHAHAAHAH +1

    IE strong.... whooo, pff this made my day...

    Microsoft stop being an ass and face the reality as it is. You SUCK.
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    rpmrush , March 24, 2012 6:28 AM
    Me likes some IE9. My router hates it for some reason. I have to use Firefox to add a new mac address. Other than that..I prefer it to Chrome and I hate to say Firefox. I despised all IE iterations before 9. But it's quick and just works. I like the interface. Anyone notice Chrome take a crap every now and then?
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