Declaring a Winner in the Browser Wars is Complicated

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Asim Virani

Experimental apps ? Games in browser ? Universal form filling & password management ? What other browser offers all this .. except Chrome

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wk

simple, fast, efficient, numerous extensions ... chrome is definitely browser of choice

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TeamShadowGPX44

I evolved from IE To Firefox to Opera, Chrome, Safari, now i'm Using Maxthon Just Check it Out for your self i Like it A lot
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I'm pretty Sure that 58% is windows 8 PC because Every one i know uses firefox or Chrome on Windows 7

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whathuhitwasntme

I think a bigger issue is how windows 8 PUSHES every user to have a
hotmail account. They try to force you into an IE login for all of the features of windows 8 to properly track your every movement on the web!

This is probably generating some false numbers for IE as its hammered into window 8 and they make it a given you must use it, yes I know you can install other browsers and I have. But you must jump though the same hoops every time you log in, if you don't have a hotmail or microsoft login they nag you for one.

I wouldn't be terribly surprised if GOOGLE or Chrome don't seek some legal recourse eventually in how Microsoft is jamming IE in your face on windows 8 and 8.1

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Morete

If IE 11 gets rid of their memory leaks and gives more options for add-ons, then I'll start using IE.

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Cregan89

You guys all hate on IE, but since IE9 Internet Explorer has been a very capable browser. And IE11 has by far the fastest 2D/3D rendering and therefore smoothest animations, better than Chrome and WAYYY better than Firefox. It has very good standards support (not as good as Chrome or Firefox but IE only ever supports finalized APIs, not in-development APIs like Chrome and Firefox). And IE11 even enables "do not track" by default. And the development tools in IE11 are very impressive and are a great addition to Chrome's tools. And perhaps most important for you guys with old web applications at the office, IE has compatibility mode which could allow you to use your old web apps in an up-to-date browser.

I'm an HTML5 developer and know a lot about web browsers. And while I still use Chrome as my default browser (it's really in it's own league when you consider JavaScript performance, graphics performance, and standards support all together) IE11 is also very good, and I'd even recommend it to most casual users. Firefox has been lagging in most areas in my opinion, they just don't have the same developer resources as MS, Google, and Apple unfortunately.

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boidsonly

I prefer Opera out of the browser possibilities but Flash and page crashes are kicking its a$$. Just might have to give FireFox another go...it has been a while since I have used it.

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Jeffredo

I was done with them when they abandoned Presto for Webkit last summer (and this is after ten years). Firefox functionality and customization is the closest replacement I can find for Opera.

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Blackbird24

Always used IE and never had the idea of switching my default browser. I use chrome sometimes but IE all the way for me.

IE Version 11.0.9600.16476

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Dartht33bagger

I use Palemoon (x64 version of Firefox) on all my Windows partitions and Firefox on my Linux Mint partitions. I tried chrome a few years back and hated the minimalist browser, so I've stuck with Firefox.

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legionera

How did you end up using Palemoon? Why not pure firefox? What is the difference?

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USraging

I don't think you can get good numbers on this because every windows system has IE on it.

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legionera

This is the reason it needs to be based on actual usage.

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TheITGuy

I think it is hard to declare a "winner" but, I think we can all agree that IE is the loser and should not be touched with a ten foot pole (unless for work applications as I have the same issue as below)

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jimmthang

friends don't let friends use IE

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legionera

Some websites require IE, others don't run well on chrome, third are not viewable in Firefox.

Opera is struggling with flash while Safari... well, nothing more special.

To get a complete experience you will need all of them installed.

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Mikey109105

I'd die, go to hell and get...well, I won't say that word but you can guess...by the devil before I touch anything IE related. I've been with chrome for about two years and I've never looked back.

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vrmlbasic

Using Chrome is like dancing with the devil.

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Baer

Yup, I agree and now that more people are starting to realize how it "got on their computer" many are removing it and being careful to not let it back on.

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big_montana

In the office I use IE 9, as we have some web apps that just will not work on alternative browsers, but I also have Firefox installed as there are some sites that will not work on IE 9. On my HTC One I use the default browser that came pre-installed on it. Which brings up another point, do these browser counters differentiate between mobile and desktop browsers when surveying browser popularity? If not, they should, because unless running a Windows phone you cannot get IE so you have to use an alternative browser on a smartphone or tablet which is probably why the numbers are so skewed.

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jbwhite99

I use Cyberfox (64 bit variant of Firefox - like Waterfox). Are these counted in the FF number or not? Perhaps this is why the FF numbers have ticked down a little bit.

Problem I have is that at the office some apps (like Workday) throw up on any IE past 8. So I am still running IE8 in the office (other programs didn't like FF - only 32bit Windows in the office). How do we get forward looking standards that can run on any browser (ie HTML5) that won't give me "your browser is too old" messages?

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Neufeldt2002

I would be more interested in the browser numbers from top global search sites. I think you would get a better number from them than from specific sites that one has to hit to get counted. Even Facebook may have a more accurate count if they indeed have 1 Billion unique visitors or YouTube.