CNET has a great piece that runs through the latest Internet browser stats and points out that Firefox 4 is beating Internet Explorer 9 despite IE9’s one week head start. Of course, to put this all in context, both of these browsers have only been around for a few weeks.
An important item that CNET points out is that Firefox has a huge advantage over IE9 with Microsoft’s own software. IE9 does not work with Windows XP (54.4% of all Internet users have XP) and Firefox 4 does. This is a strange occurrence and I can only imagine that Microsoft will have to update IE9 to fix this in the near future.
Obviously, Microsoft would like everyone to switch over to Vista, but we all know that many PC-users are very slow to accept change. A great example of this is how many people were still using IE6 when Microsoft began pleading with people to upgrade!
Internet Explorer is still the king of all browsers in terms of overall usage across all versions, but these new download stats are very telling.
Since IE9 hasn’t been around long enough to be included on Windows computers, this seems to reenforce the theory that, given a level playing field where users are able to chose their browser, Firefox is the browser of choice.
It will be interesting to see if this pattern continues and if/how Chrome‘s growing popularity will impact this battle.