Windows users can't get enough of Internet Explorer 9. That's the message Microsoft is driving hard, releasing statistics that show its most recent web browser is growing strong among users of Windows 7 PCs.
IE9 is now the primary browser on 36.2% of Windows 7 machines, Microsoft revealed in a blog post based on statistics from Net Applications, up 2% since December. It passed IE8 back in November and has been ticking up ever since as more people make the switch to Windows 7 (IE8 is the last browser compatible with Windows XP).
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Microsoft attributes the rapid growth to consumer desire for a "modern browser" experience, complete with compatibility with HTML5 apps. As an example, it cited the game Cut the Rope, which Microsoft brought to the web in January via a partnership with the makers of the game. However, there are plenty of modern browsers, as Microsoft defines them, so there must be other factors at work, and one of them is surely the fact that IE9 is the default browser on any new Windows PC.
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Microsoft fully released IE9 to the public on March 14. Although it added many features to make it more competitive with other browsers such as Firefox, developers have had a shaky relationship with the browser. Since IE9's market share is so large, web designers must make sites compatible with it, but some have expressed disappointment with some of its workings.
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