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Internet Explorer market share expanding, browser wars still hot

The browser wars are still hot and recently, Internet Explorer has made some gains globally, despite a stigma the company has been trying to shed with their new “Metro” design language.

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Viva the browser wars

According to NetApplications, Internet Explorer is gaining ground in the heated browser wars. Microsoft points out that they now account for nearly half of Windows 7 users’ browsing use, measuring their core metric of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) use.

The company notes that IE usage increased worldwide and saw gains of almost a full point globally for March, accounting for 53.8 percent of all browser use. The growth is impressive, but we would point out that it is strictly reported on Windows 7 users which is not the best metric for overall browser use, but is a measure nonetheless.

Why the growth could continue

Although there is a negative stigma attached to Internet Explorer as stuffy and outdated, and some tech startups have even opted out of supporting IE altogether, the newest version of IE has many taking note of Microsoft’s design trend. Where things stand right now is a stabilization in loss of market share.

When Windows 8 is released and Internet Explorer 10 is launched, the market share could grow substantially as the Microsoft’s “Metro” design language created for designing the Windows 7 phone interface crosses over into their operating system and browser. Reports point out that “Metro” is not just a design language, but a design standard and a “state of mind” for the entire company that is seeking to innovate after losing their edge for so many years.

Between the Metro look (seen below) and feel, and the fact that IE comes standard on so many PCs (and sales are up), the Windows 8 and IE10 release could go a long way toward shedding the stigma of their being outdated. What remains to be seen is what support apps and programs have for IE and if the trend of ignoring IE altogether continues, in favor of Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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  1. Roland Eatrada

    April 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Wow, 1% huh? Hold on to your hat Minerva. IE is back! Oh wait sorry, dead-cat bounce.

    The only reason Windows 8 might bring an uptick is because it isn’t immediately apparent how to load another browser on as a tile. And that presumes W8 doesn’t turn out to be Vista or worse. I found W8 rather tedious to use.

  2. Roland Estrada

    May 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Well, well, well. Is that IE I see at 38%… I believe it is! I hate to say I told you so but sometimes I just really love it. Some people just need to hang on to fading tech right along with their typewriters and fax machines. 🙂

    https://digg.com/newsbar/Technology/no_google_s_chrome_isn_t_the_world_s_leading_browser_yet_see_our_map

  3. Roland Estrada

    May 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I think Marti Trewe is usually hanging on to bad tech or touting something the that will never catch on.

    • Lani Rosales

      May 17, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Roland, you’re aware this article by Marti was written many years ago, yes?

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Facebook Messenger for Firefox launched, browsing gets social

Facebook Messenger for Firefox is now live, and users can interact with Facebook while visiting any website or page that can be browsed in Firefox, saving steps and truly integrating social into browsing.

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Facebook Messenger for Firefox users

As a means of integrating social into Firefox users’ experience, Facebook Messenger has launched as part of the browser, built on a new Social API for the web, and because roughly 20 percent of all time spent online is on social networks, Firefox has sought to organically make that a part of their browser. Users need to update to the latest Firefox, then click “Turn On” on the Facebook Messenger for Firefox Page, and Facebook chat and updates pop up right in the sidebar of Firefox.

Here’s how it works:
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Marrying social with browsing

As shown in the video above, when the feature is enabled, you’ll get a social sidebar which includes Facebook updates and chat, and you can like new comments, tag photos, and get notifications for messages, friend requests and more, turning Firefox into a little Facebooking machine.

The company says the integration is the beginning of making the browser more social, adding that more support for other features and multiple providers is on the way.

“Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web,” the company said in a statement, “and we can’t wait to see what cool Web experiences developers will build on our Social API. We want to build a social standard for the Web to give developers more opportunities and users more choice, much like we did with our work on OpenSearch. Imagine using the Firefox sidebar, toolbar buttons and even an AwesomeBar button for news, music, finances, email, group projects and more.”

When users do not wish to be available, Facebook Messenger can be disabled altogether, or simply “hide” the sidebar which will put it away and stop notifications so you can focus.

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Google chrome keeps getting faster and faster

When people get frustrated with the speed of their internet, they often blame their service provider, but the culprit could be an outdated web browser. Google Chrome continues to get faster and faster over time, while others appear to be degrading.

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Not all browsers are created equal

How do you decide which browser to use? Do you use Internet Explorer because it’s what you’ve always used? How about Firefox? Do you use it because it’s potentially the most common and your contacts have recommended it? Or, do you use Chrome because it’s new and fresh? There are other browsers, but these are some of the main ones. The truth is that all browsers are not created equal. Which browser you choose ultimately depends on what you want out of it.

Let’s take a quick look at Chrome, namely its speed. According to the Google Chrome Blog, one of Chrome’s core principles is speed. As such, Google tests and improves Chrome’s speed regularly. And regularly for Google means every six weeks. They liken it to a car mechanic who comes to replace your engine every six weeks. However, it seems as though Chrome is simply enhanced every six weeks, not completely replaced.

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How Chrome is increasing its speed

One way that Chrome continues to increase speed is to diminish and severely lessen wait times, including waiting for the browser to start up and waiting for a dialog box to completely open and load. Chrome has also enabled tests to automatically detect when there is a code issue that slows or may slow it down, both in the long term and in the short term.

Chrome measures speed and overall performance through Octane scores, which “is a JavaScript benchmark [they] designed to measure performance of real-world applications on the modern web.” Compared to last year, Chrome reports seeing a 26% increase from last year’s score. And they promise to continue increasing the speed and maintaining and improving stability, as both are key to Chrome’s success.

When it comes to browsers, you definitely have options. But, if you want speed and precision, it looks like Chrome might be a great option. They’ve already made great progress and improvements, but the best part is that they promise to continue making progress. Just because they are fast today doesn’t mean they aren’t striving to be even faster tomorrow, making Chrome a great browser for both your professional and personal lives.

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Privacyfix: browser extension shows who’s tracking you, what to do about it

Everyone knows that by the mere act of using the web, we are all leaking information like a sieve, but Privacyfix shows you where the leaks are and how to fix them.

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Do you really know who is tracking you online?

Online privacy. It’s a major issue that can be confusing, frustrating, and very violating. You already know that you can adjust your privacy settings on sites like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, but do you know which changes will affect which information on your account? The more concerning question is do you know which sites are tracking you and storing your information? Well, there’s a free solution – Privacyfix, a Chrome and Firefox extension.

In order to keep yourself and your private information protected and secure and still be able to use your favorite sites, it’s crucial that you understand every site’s privacy settings. Just a few tweaks here and there can fortify your browsing experience and give you peace of mind. The truth is, most of the sites you probably visit track you one way or another. Some want to see what you’re searching for and which sites you’re visiting and others will use targeted ads based on content in your sent and received emails. These sites make ample money off of your information, and it’s time to take back the control.

Privacyfix goes one step further

Privacyfix will show you what information is being tracked and which site is doing the tracking. But Privacyfix takes it one step further. It will actually provide you with a detailed list of which privacy settings you need to update to protect certain types of information. Privacyfix gives you the information you need to make the right privacy changes. These sites shouldn’t be given access and permission to track you by default. But, unfortunately, that’s how it usually works. You can put an immediate stop to it by simply using this free extension for either Firefox or Chrome.

Our modern times have shown us that some people are unworried and completely open to sharing every detail of their private lives with a world of strangers. And, let’s be honest; this is incredibly dangerous, no matter if you’re using it for personal or professional purposes. Information is king, but there should be some separation between your professional life and your home life with your loved ones. Too much of your information out in the open can lead to more trouble than it’s worth.

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