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!