Microsoft Says Chrome Market Share Records are Misleading

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tomfreak

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The butt-hurting of Microsoft to admit its defeat is strong here. Why does they care for this, if their browser is good, they dont have to respond about this statcounter. The user feedback will speaks itselfs.
 
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hmm, well microsoft also forgot that Internet explorer is installed on every device. so what if statcounter discounted china in the approximation of browser share? It shouldn't even be that close in the first place.

Chrome, Firefox is the superior browser regardless of what microsoft says
 

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"Microsoft's opinion is that StatCounter's data are slanted and incorrect and best. "

I see that the best data is slanted and incorrect over here. :p
 

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@The first three commenters:

You guys forget that IE is actually decent now. Nothing like the old interweb exploder 6. Although I'd still never use it due to the lack of useful plugins, it's no longer objectively bad in every possible aspect. Heck, it even beats Firefox and Chrome in Flash while having strong showings in HTML5 compliance and acceleration.

And for the average user, using IE instead of Chrome or Firefox to browse facebook is not going give them a substantially different experience. Many people who install chrome or FF don't even take advantage of the plugins at all; they simply think "well it's better" and use the vanilla install, perceiving web browsing as being overall faster and better when the difference is objectively negligible.
 

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The only misleading thing here is IE's security, speed and stability. No one will ever use it if he knew how much better Chrome/Firefox/Opera are.
 

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If i were the ceo of amd/nvidia then also i can say that my rival company's market share records are misleading (cause we sell a large no of gpus). Believe it or not MS the latest chrome and firefox are better than ie
 

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I often wonder if people have ever used IE9. I like to think that when hating on IE they're referring to IE6 because IE9 is quite a decent browser
 

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Microsoft comes with most installations, Chrome piggy backs on to other software. Firefox/Opera just stand in their own magnificence.

Chromes growth has nothing to do with it's technical accomplishments, but more to to with having to decline it at every turn when installing programs.

That stats are misleading, and Tom's seems to be in a chrome love in.
 

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When IE was dominant without much competition, MS let it stagnant for years, not bothering to improve it until FF came along and started to peck slowly at its market share. Then Chrome came along. So why should MS care now?
 

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[citation][nom]LaHawzel[/nom]@The first three commenters: You guys forget that IE is actually decent now. Nothing like the old interweb exploder 6. Although I'd still never use it due to the lack of useful plugins, it's no longer objectively bad in every possible aspect. Heck, it even beats Firefox and Chrome in Flash while having strong showings in HTML5 compliance and acceleration. And for the average user, using IE instead of Chrome or Firefox to browse facebook is not going give them a substantially different experience. Many people who install chrome or FF don't even take advantage of the plugins at all; they simply think "well it's better" and use the vanilla install, perceiving web browsing as being overall faster and better when the difference is objectively negligible.[/citation]

internet explorer is horrible, even in its current incarnation, flash plays like crap, it loads things slow, and all around is unable to beat out chrome in speed, or firefox in usefulness.

and for some reason for me ie9 still cant play flash as well as chrome.
 

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This might just be me, but it seems like you can make a problem out of everything. even some as simple as what freaking browser people use.....

i would think that even MS pretty much dont care if you use their browser, you're useing their OS.
and i think thats what really matters :) not whatever browser you use for porn :S
 
For everyone complaining about IE not being horrible, yes, it's not horrible anymore. IE 9 is decent. however, it is not great like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and many derivatives of FF and Chrome. IE is less stable than FF, Opera, and Chrome. IE is usually slower, but in this context, it often isn't enough to truly make much difference. However, IE sometimes is really a whole lot slower. Fortunately for MS, these aren't very common situations for most people, but they are considerable. IE is at or near the bottom of performance charts far more often than the other browsers that it's up against. IE9 isn't horrible, but the alternatives are better.

What you do with your web browser can make the differences between the browsers more pronounced in some situations. It's like graphics cards and CPUs, you use the browser most suited to your needs if you really care about that. I have several browsers for different situations including Palemoon (performance-optimized Firefox), Comodo Dragon (security and slightly performance-optimized Chrome), Lunascape (has all three of the most common rendering engines Trident (IE), Gecko(FF), and Webkit(Chrome, Safari)), and Opera.

I have add-ons like Ad-block, fasterfox, and several others to get more performance and security out of the system.

Now more on topic for the article, pretty much all market share data could be called misleading. Is MS in the wrong for saying that a certain statistic is misleading? no. However, like any other company, they don't publicly admit that EVERYONE regarded here is either wrong, misleading, or both.
 

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I had the IE9 automatic update hidden so that it wouldn't get installed. One day I load up IE (I use it for my credit card site only, as it doesn't work in FF) and my settings are all reset... then I notice it's IE9!?

MS sneakily returned it from my "hidden" updates and automatically stuck it in with other updates... I immediately uninstalled it. That was pretty freaking lame though. I'll probably turn off auto updates as well now because of that BS.

 
Microsoft bitches about everything or anyone pulling market share from them always and all of the time. Frankly, I cannot stand Internet [strike]Exploder[/strike] Explorer (IE), but some 'services' we use require Active X controls. Microsoft has been very lackadaisical since Gates departure and has (is) becoming a stale company; it's their own doing!

Q - How many of you guys 'Bing' vs 'Google'? ... you have your answer.

Yeah, I saw this graph already:


I prefer Chrome and I have ALL of them installed (old to current) for site testing. However, IMO use the browser you like best and renders the pages correctly (1.2 vs 1.15 sec is meaningless unless you're a Borg). The last thing I want to do is to get into mine's better than yours argument.
 

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My problem with this data is that most AVERAGE people I run into, and see what they have on their computer ISN'T Chrome, not in any way shape or form. The only people i hear raving about CHROME are the same people who rave madly about Linux's eventual rise, and how Chrome is going to be a great OS. That is not to say that Chrome isn't rising in use, but somehow, I think this is garbage reporting, to the extent that has been reported on some of these tech sights.
 

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Look at the comments on this link...is this REALLY a sampling of the internet population...what garbage...lol.
 

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[citation][nom]hiruu[/nom]My problem with this data is that most AVERAGE people I run into, and see what they have on their computer ISN'T Chrome, not in any way shape or form. The only people i hear raving about CHROME are the same people who rave madly about Linux's eventual rise, and how Chrome is going to be a great OS. That is not to say that Chrome isn't rising in use, but somehow, I think this is garbage reporting, to the extent that has been reported on some of these tech sights.[/citation]
Weird, I see Chrome on more and more computers every day. It's getting shoved down people's throats with automatic installs along with all sorts of software. Sometimes people don't even know they're using it. They just click "The Internet" shortcut on the start menu or URL links on their desktop. It's a good browser, but I'm not sure people are "switching to chrome" as often as Google would like you to think.
 

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[citation][nom]beayn[/nom]Weird, I see Chrome on more and more computers every day. It's getting shoved down people's throats with automatic installs along with all sorts of software. Sometimes people don't even know they're using it. They just click "The Internet" shortcut on the start menu or URL links on their desktop. It's a good browser, but I'm not sure people are "switching to chrome" as often as Google would like you to think.[/citation]

And that right there is the main reason I refuse to support Chrome. I don't care for IE either but I used to like Chrome until they started that poor practice. Still, I use far too many FF plugins to switch now, but I heard FF11 again takes the performance lead according to the last grand prix. Still, not that I care about 0.02 seconds faster this or that. I care about compatibility and usability.
 

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[citation][nom]amdfreak[/nom]On WinXP Chrome is definately better than IE, because you cannot have IE9[/citation]This is true. However, if you've got a WinXP machine, either you're one of those diehard XP fanatics, or you've got an old machine. Even a fully patched Vista with up-to-date drivers is quite decent. Win7 is better than XP in just about every regard. Win8 is just around the corner, and I'm sure the diehard start menu maniacs will find a way to get it looking just like older versions. Personally I don't mind metro - especially since the "just start typing and bam" search method is awesome for quickly launching programs.
 

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[citation][nom]beayn[/nom]I had the IE9 automatic update hidden so that it wouldn't get installed. One day I load up IE (I use it for my credit card site only, as it doesn't work in FF) and my settings are all reset... then I notice it's IE9!?MS sneakily returned it from my "hidden" updates and automatically stuck it in with other updates... I immediately uninstalled it. That was pretty freaking lame though. I'll probably turn off auto updates as well now because of that BS.[/citation]I don't like silent updates either, but why would you want IE8 over IE9? IE9 is superior in all ways, and it can be customized to look and function almost exactly like older versions if you care. Especially since you only use it for one site anyway, I don't understand what you're thinking here. It's faster, more secure, etc. Just quickly change a few settings so it looks and feels comfortable and don't sweat it. Also, that you would even suggest turning off updates for Windows? You must be insane. Anyone that suggests turning off windows updates is either nuts or stupid.

For example, the last person that told someone I know to turn off Windows Update? A Mac user.
 
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