IE9 and Windows 7 Usage Share Increases, Microsoft Unveils Windows 8
Article by George Norman
On 02 Jun 2011
Here are a few Microsoft-related news that I thought go well together. The first one is that the usage share of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser on Windows 7 continues to grow. Microsoft explained that in the fast few days of May, IE9 usage share in the US passed the 17% mark. Overall, and by that I mean at an international level., IE9 on Windows 7 averaged 12.2% usage share during May 2011. compared to April, that is a 60% increase.

“For Windows 7 customers, the best browser for experiencing these web experiences is IE9. And the good news is with the recent release of 53 additional languages last month, IE9 is now available to more and more Windows customers with a total of 93 languages supported – more than any other browser on Windows,” commented Roger Capriotti, Director, Internet Explorer Product Marketing.

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Speaking of Windows 7, its market share has increased considerably since the operating system has been released to the public. According to the latest stats from StatCounter, Windows 7 now has a market share of 33.2%; or to put it in other words, Windows 7 ended May with a market share of 33.2%.

In just two years since its release, Windows 7 managed to get a 33% market share. That is impressive and further proves that Microsoft did not joke around when it said that Windows 7 is the fastest selling OS in history. As a little side note, the old Windows XP operating system that was rolled out to the public in 2001 is still quite popular. Windows XP has a global market share of about 45%. It is estimate that this holiday season Windows 7 will overtake Windows XP as XP’s market share continues to decrease while Windows 7’s market share continues to grow.

And I end this article with the news at the D9 conference Microsoft showcased Windows 8’s new user interface. The interface will feature the following: a tile-based Start screen that replaces the Start menu; live tiles with notifications; snap and resize an app to the side of the screen; web-connected and web-powered HTML5 and JavaScript apps; touch-optimized browsing.

A video that showcases Windows 8’s new user interface is available on YouTube here.

“Our aim with 'Windows 8' is to make the user experience a natural extension of the device, from the time you turn on your PC through how you interact with the applications you know and love,” said Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft. “This represents a fundamental shift in Windows design that we haven’t attempted since the days of Windows 95, presenting huge opportunities for our hardware partners to innovate with new PC designs.”



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