As of June 1st 2014, Internet Explorer 8 still dominates the browser market share

While Internet Explorer 11 may be in second place when it comes to the browser market share, there is no shying away from the fact that Internet Explorer 8 has been the top browser for quite some time now. Internet Explorer 8 made its debut with Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, which, not surprisingly, also dominates in market share.

According to the latest data from NetApplications, Internet Explorer 8 holds a 20.89% market share. Internet Explorer 11 is in second place with a 17.03% share, while Internet Explorer 9 holds a 9.05% share. Google’s Chrome 34 holds a 8.81% share, while Mozilla’s Firefox 29 holds a 8.48% share.

Internet Explorer 11 is close to taking over Internet Explorer 8, but it will take a few more months. Windows 7 currently commands 50% of the operating system market share, having recently increased to 50.06%. 

  • Joshua

    why are (some) people still using IE 8 ?? they need to go forward and use a modern browser

    • Rob H.

      IE8 is the maximum version of IE that can be installed on Windows XP.

      • Joshua

        off course but I want to see a decrease in those old stuff as they aren’t made for this modern World

    • Davin Peterson

      Because it came with Windows 7 and they didn’t upgrade it

      • Joshua

        yes I know that, they can easily install IE11 on Windows 7 butt they don’t want to

        • Mark

          Most government computers run win 7 and IE 8.

  • Yannick

    If IE12 doesn’t appear in the upcoming 4 months, IE8 might finaly lose its first position to IE11 for the first time since years. However, as soon as IE12 is released, IE8 will be back on top for some time, as IE11 market share will drop fast. And IE12 will grow to slow to take its position the first month already.

  • StarEy3

    What browsers are included in “Other”???? That piece of the pie seems suspiciously huge…………………

    • warrior107

      opera and other variants of chrome(torch, etc)

    • warrior107

      Also this is the reason, some websites show that chrome has the largest share. This is because they count the browsers running chorimum engine and not actual chrome.

    • Thunder

      You know…Dillo, Qupzilla, Midori, Konqueror, Maxthon, Web (formerly Epiphany), Sleipnir, Avant, Lunascape, Pale Moon, Waterfox, Cyberfox, Safari (doesn’t seem to show on the lists, which is strange), Opera (mostly Opera), etc.

      • StarEy3

        Opera 12+ counts as Chrome, so no, Opera also counts as Chrome

        • Thunder

          It’s based on Chromium actually…think it as a fork. Would you say Chakra Linux is the same as Arch?

          • StarEy3

            No Opera IS Chrome, just with different skin, just as any browser that uses the Gecko engine is Firefox

          • Thunder

            I was under the assumption that rendering engines (Trident, Blink, Presto, Webkit, Gecko) were separate from browsers. Don’t they just affect performance? And I’m pretty sure their user agent strings are different, so shouldn’t they count as different browsers?

          • StarEy3

            Firefox: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0

            IE: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.6; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0; InfoPath.2; SLCC1;
            .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
            3gpp-gba UNTRUSTED/1.0

            Chrome: Mozilla/5.0
            (Windows NT 5.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko)
            Chrome/34.0.1847.116 Safari/537.36 Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like
            Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko)
            Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

            Opera: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:2.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0 Opera 12.14

            I guess that just proves that everyone tried to rip-off Mozilla’s user agent……….

            But anyways…… As long as the browsers emit stuff like “Trident”, “Gecko”, “AppleWebkit” their engines count as the same to the stat counters

          • Thunder

            I’m still kind of sceptical…if rendering engines actually do determine the browsers, they really should find an alternative method. I mean…the Lumia 930 has almost identical specs to the 1520 (or some other phone), and so probably the same performance, but that doesn’t mean that they are the same thing.

          • Thunder

            It’s not like there isn’t a way to accurately determine what browser a person is using. After all, the HTML5 test website can do so (it doesn’t mistaken Opera 21 for Google Chrome, tested just now). And another thing…you use four web browsers too? High five!

          • StarEy3

            Nah, I just have them installed, but I’m a IE and Firefox fan

  • Rob H.

    IE8 (WIndows XP) users must be feeling some pressure to upgrade.

    Virtually every major javascript library or CSS framework has ended support for IE8, which means that if you use IE8, a lot of websites are simply broken. Even jQuery 2+ doesn’t support IE8.

    The internet is quickly becoming unusable to them.

  • Davin Peterson

    At work, we recently upgraded to Windows 7 and our PCs still run IE8, since they did not upgrade Internet Explorer. Perphaps some business did not upgrade Internet Explorer when they upgraded Windows. The problem with IE8 is that is old, slow and does not meet today’s web standards. Some websites don’t support IE8 anymore and won’t work in it.

    • Rob H.

      That is really frustrating. If IT won’t upgrade Internet Explorer, then it forces users onto alternatives like Chrome. Blech.

      • Christian Gäng

        Even that isnt possible since most guys in business cant install software by themselfs.

    • Nathan McNulty

      Might want to tell your IT guys to stop being lazy, start doing their job, and use Enterprise Mode in IE 11… No way I would make my users run a 2 year old browser! I know it’s hard for some shops, but IT needs to start kicking those crappy LOB apps that can’t run under modern browsers to the curb.

  • Lophs

    IE8 is the new IE 6. Enterprise computers are migrating from XP to Windows 7, and those new machines are standardizing around IE 8, not even IE 11 which is already begun to lag behind html 5 support of the other major browsers.

    HTML5test scores (current versions of browsers)
    IE 11 -376
    Firefox – 467
    Chrome – 507
    Safari – 397


    IE 8 – 43 lol…..

    • Flip

      Enterprise Mode anybody? The IE team is doing their best to ensure any PC capable of using the latest version of the browser does so.

  • Ray C

    I have IE on my work systems, and I’m able to get into all the things that kept us using IE 8 and 9. We do need to upgrade some of our applications, so we don’t have to continue to use older versions of Java

  • John Harding

    Net applications is a joke. They base their calculations off of number of unique visitors. They claim that 47% of users use a version of IE, but no website would ever see close to that amount of traffic from actual users.

    People that access the internet more often use Chrome the most followed by Firefox. Every other browser market share tabulation has Chrome at over 30%.

    Net applications bases their calculations on unique visitors, which means that every user that accesses a website is only counted once. This means that people that use IE don’t access the internet very often at all. The problem is that W3Counter uses this same method but has IE at only 21.7% while Chrome is at 34.1%. Two other popular sources are StatCounter and Wikimedia and have Chrome users at 46.6% and 42.7%, respectively. Chrome is clearly the leader.

    It’s clear the author of this article knows little about web development.

  • Syam

    You can see real-time usage of browsers and determine yourselves which browser got the maximum market share. It is based on a cross section of the live real-time sessions.

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