Internet Explorer 11 Is a Good Browser

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2014 - 04:16 AM |
Tagged: Internet Explorer 11, IE11

According to Peter Bright of Ars Technica and their source, NetMarketshare, Internet Explorer 11 is steadily increasing in popularity. The browser is, now, more popular than both IE10 and IE9, combined. To put that into perspective, IE11, alone, is just a few percent shy of their entire Firefox usage numbers.

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Of course, these figures change wildly depending on who performs the measurement. Wikimedia, for instance, claims that only 18% of their users are browsing with IE (NetMarketshare says 58%). W3Counter also has a significantly higher volume of Safari users, almost triple, than anyone else. (Update: 5/6/2014 @ 1:18pm EDT -- That 18% figure probably does not include IE11. Actual IE figure, including IE11, is probably ~25%)

Still, Internet Explorer 11 is Microsoft doing things right. They are embracing web standards, including ones which are outside the realm of the W3C. Because of WebGL's potential impact for web apps, they have even accepted it, a Khronos Group standard, into their ecosystem. IE11 shows what Microsoft can do when they need to. They were being pushed around by Google Chrome and mobile app platforms and, in response, they made a really good browser. Hopefully its adoption weeds out old Internet Explorer versions and give us a healthy mix of truly standards-compliant browsers.

Maybe then, we can truly write just one frickin' website.

Source: Ars Technica

May 6, 2014 | 09:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does anyone Know if users can upgrade from IE9 directly to IE11, or is it IE 9 to IE 10, then to IE 11. As usual some printer plugins always fail when there is a browser ugrade to a new IE version, and the printer OEMs are usually 3 to 6, or more, months behind with their printer plugins that work with the latest IE.

May 6, 2014 | 10:25 AM - Posted by madhatter256 (not verified)

I'm sure you can go from IE9 to IE11 I've installed IE 8 from IE 6 back in the XP OS days without installing IE7.

May 6, 2014 | 01:08 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Pretty sure you can install IE11 even without Internet Explorer previously installed at all (after Microsoft added the option to "uninstall" it with the browser ballot). Thus, it shouldn't depend on what version already exists.

May 6, 2014 | 02:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I thought the browser ballot was for the EU countries, I have IE 9, but will probably try to update directly to IE 11, this is for the windows 7 OS, And M$ did not even have any pre latest 0 day instructions for securing IE 9, prior to the 0 day patch fix on 5/1. Many enterprise and other sites are not even on the 2 latest versions of IE yet, it takes a while. These constent problems with printer plugins and IE, are making me wish for all the WYSIWUG hardware and software to be placed on the printers themselves, and do away with browser based printer plugins. IE is still integrated into the windows OS is some ways, for everyone.

May 6, 2014 | 03:38 PM - Posted by Qwompy

Sorry still do not want to use IE.

May 6, 2014 | 03:44 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

That's fine. I use Firefox and Chrome (although I might replace my Chrome usage with IE).

May 7, 2014 | 04:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Until Microsoft move IE to a rolling release, it is only going to keep causing problems.

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