Researchers: Internet Explorer declines have ‘stabilized’

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has seen its overall market share decline from upwards of 90 percent a decade ago to something closer to 50 percent today, with the specific numbers varying depending on which market research firm is doing the counting. But the last few months show IE’s decline ending and even starting to… Read More


Microsoft offers holiday freebies to boost IE9 usage

Microsoft has rolled out a new holiday promotional campaign that aims, in part, to get people on Windows 7 to use Internet Explorer 9 rather than Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or other browsers. As reported overnight by winbeta, the IE9 holiday campaign offers discounts and promotions such as three free months of Slacker Premium Radio,… Read More


Afternoon Radar: BlackBerry outage, iOS 5, Xbox Live

A roundup of stories making headlines across the tech industry today …   BlackBerry users in the U.S. and Canada today are getting a taste of the outages that have frustrated users in other parts of the world, with many users reporting an inability to use e-mail, messaging and Internet services on their devices. In… Read More


IE9 share tops 20% on Windows 7 even as IE usage slips overall

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser is now used on more than 20 percent of PCs running Windows 7 worldwide, outpacing the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox counterparts. Microsoft’s IE team noted the milestone in a blog post last night, citing the latest market research from Net Applications. The numbers are even higher in the U.S.,… Read More


Good news, IE users: Media flunked IQ test, not you

[Update, 10:50 a.m.: The people behind "AptiQuant" now admit the study was a hoax, saying it "was all meant to be a lighthearted joke." They say their real business is a comparison shopping website.] Remember all those news reports last week about a study showing users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser scoring significantly lower on IQ… Read More


Firefox 4 soars, thanks to Microsoft’s luddite customers

Maybe it’s time for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team to reconsider that whole Windows XP thing? Firefox 4 clocked about 5 million downloads on its first day and is fast approaching has already topped 7 million this morning, as the new browser from Mozilla attracts huge interest from around the world. That doesn’t match the record-breaking… Read More