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Microsoft Releases IE 11 Preview For Windows 7
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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/19/2013 | 9:37:23 PM
re: Microsoft Releases IE 11 Preview For Windows 7
I was surprised to see that from July to August IE actually reclaimed market share and Chrome declined. Firefox rebounded a bit too. I wonder what that's about.

http://www.netmarketshare.com/
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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9/19/2013 | 6:22:54 PM
re: Microsoft Releases IE 11 Preview For Windows 7
For the record, I was loving Firefox for years. Then, on my home PC, it started acting weird. I switched to Chrome, and I'm very happy with it. It's very zippy and responsive. (I still use Firefox, with zero problems, on work Mac.)
TerryB
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9/19/2013 | 4:49:00 PM
re: Microsoft Releases IE 11 Preview For Windows 7
As a developer, I just shake my head when I read these comments about "better browsers". Browsers are like o/s, worthless by themselves. You just want the sites you use to work. And that problem is old as internet itself, some applications work better in different browsers (or don't work at all) depending on how they were written, which HTML standards were used, and how much cross & legacy browser testing you do.
I develop for internal users, not public consumption. So it is much more sense to standardize browser use internally than spend enormous amounts of time making sure my app runs in every single browser out there. If your company uses Windows computers, then why spend the admin time putting Chrome or Firefox on these desktops. Just make sure your app works in the version of IE you have deployed.
That said, I have both IE and Chrome installed because the debugger in Chrome is far superior. So my apps end up working in both IE and Chrome. But is that an issue for anyone other than developer? No. Regular users just want sites to work.
I'm sure the IE, Chrome and Firefox fans can quote many statistics which support their view of what is best browser. But fact is, and will continue to be for some time, is that some sites will work in one browser (or even one version of one browser) but not in another. A perfect example is this new feature mentioned in article about developer being able to control what loads first. Good luck getting consistent implementation in cross browser environment. And that kind of stuff will never stop coming as long as the browser "space race" continues. Why so much work is put into a product no one pays for anyway is beyond my understanding.
Michael Endler
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9/18/2013 | 10:45:00 PM
re: Microsoft Releases IE 11 Preview For Windows 7
Browser market share depends a lot on who you ask. In one of its blog posts today, Microsoft cited Net Applications, which tracks users to determine browser market share and shows IE ahead by a wide margin. On the other hand, Statcounter, which is also cited in a lot of articles, tracks page views instead of users. Its most recent data suggests Chrome is kicking IE's tail. The extent to which IE is winning or losing depends a lot on sampling methodology-- but however you slice it, a lot of people continue to use IE, regardless of other options. For what it's worth, I don't often use IE 10 on PCs, but I like it quite a bit on Windows tablets, and I think I'll like IE 11 more.
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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9/18/2013 | 10:31:07 PM
re: Microsoft Releases IE 11 Preview For Windows 7
Wow--58% of desktop browsers are IE? That's WAY higher than I would have guessed. There are better options, people.


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