Windows Team blogger Ryan Gavin reveals the adoption rate of Internet Explorer 9 is five times higher then what they saw for Internet Explorer 8. According to marketshare data from Net Applications, Microsoft's latest browser reached a marketshare of 3.6 percent for the month of March.
Just over two weeks ago, we released Internet Explorer 9 and in that short time it has been great to see the positive reaction around the globe. Ars Technica called IE9 “the most modern browser there is,” Computer World said “IE9 speeds past the competition,” and Venture Beat said “Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9, its prettiest browser yet.”
It’s also been humbling to see customer enthusiasm for IE9. What really matters however is the web experiences themselves. Our decision with IE9 was not to build to the lowest common denominator. That pattern has arguably been the norm for browser vendors, including IE, for years. The result has been a lot of browser “feature” innovation, while the web that we all use has remained largely a flat experience compared to that of the native apps on your PC or phone. With IE9 we made the decision to help unlock the best web experience possible, which means taking advantage of everything around the browser – including Windows 7 and modern PC hardware. When sites like Flixster or Huffington Post see greater than 50% increase in engagement from their users with IE9, it’s not because we simply created more browser features – it’s because we took those sites out of browser box and integrated them right alongside native applications in Windows 7 and gave the site developers similar capabilities. When Grant Skinner uses HTML5 to build a rich Pirates Love Daisies game, you realize IE9’s hardware acceleration of HTML5 is unlocking experiences that simply weren’t possible on the web a year ago.