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IE10 steals user share from IE9, jumps 53%

Gregg Keizer | June 4, 2013
Auto-update pushes more Windows 7 users to newest browser.

The gap between the two companies' numbers for Chrome and IE stems from their different ways of measuring share. Net Applications tallies unique visitors to the sites it monitors to provide a "user share," or an estimate of how many people run each browser. Meanwhile, StatCounter simply counts page views, producing a metric best described as "usage share."

Both companies could accurately describe Chrome's and IE's use, but that would require Chrome users, although smaller in number, to view significantly more pages on average than IE's followers.

IE10's time in the limelight may be brief if Microsoft crafts a version of IE11 for Windows 7. IE11 will make its first appearance in Windows 8.1, an update that will ship as a preview on June 26 and in final form later this year.

Microsoft has not said, however, whether IE11 will run on Windows 7.


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