Back to Basics: IE8 Users Downgrade to IE7

By | March 24, 2009

While Internet Explorer 8 mostly receives mixed reviews due to sites compatibility issues, InformationWeek reports that IE8 market share already slipped to 1.86% (Monday data) from 2.59% which was reported on Sunday.

Although this might sound like a bad news, there is also an upside. Because Internet Explorer 8 is not very popular yet, web developers will be able to polish and prepare their websites for IE8 without a big rush, which usually leads to various issues.

As for Internet Explorer 8 market share gain, my best guess is that it will start significantly increase only after Windows 7 release, IE8 is a default browser there.


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. Vamsi says:

    Well, to me the only good browser is Firefox. I occasionally use IE and that too only IE 6. IE 8 is running seperate processes for each tab. What kind of technology is that?

  2. Wilmer says:

    Oh, man! As i already wrote on the originating site:
    It was weekend! People do their private browsing and testing of new programs at home. On mondays they go to work where they have their preinstalled IE6/7. In companies they don’t install every product that has just been released at once.

  3. Cody01 says:

    If you do a google search you will see that a lot of IE8 users (including myself) have the following problem: after installing IE8, the browser simply fails to load any webpage, saying there is a connection error. There have been some workarounds on various forums (enabling and disabling the proxy on a LAN connection), but I expect the average user will be put off by this and downgrade to IE7.

    I am not saying this happens to all users, but there is a significant numbers of users affected by this problem.

  4. Sunil says:

    IE8 has tried to borrow a lot of ideas from Chrome and Firefox but has failed to implement them in a clean way. There seem to be so money bugs that have been overlooked. My screen was frozen when I just tried to delete a bookmark entry !! I love Firefox and I think I will stay with it and downgrade to IE7

  5. Equinox says:

    Vamsi, running each tab as a seperate process is a wonderful new innovation which is all the more viable due to multi-core processing. If each tab runs independantly then if one crashes the others stay up. Therefore you don’t lose anything you were working on if another part of IE 8 crashes. Firefox and Chrome also use this.

  6. Scott F says:

    I have installed IE8 on two seperate computers and both have lost connection completely. I had to downgrade to IE7. Before I update to IE8 I will switch to Firefox. You would thing a company like microsoft would have this worked out by now. They are like everyone else. Lay everyone off and the hell with customer service. I going back to pen and paper. Crap….already sold my type writer. LOL