Considering that it has been released for just three months, 100 million certainly a significant number, even if we take into consideration the contextual decrease in IE 6 which drops from 70.91 to 60.66. The two data, crossed, tell us that much of the success of version 7 must be attributed to the Windows Update mechanism that updates to the most recent version "even my grandmother's computer" – reads a well-known American newspaper (Arstechnica ).
The news reported on IEBlog by Tony Chor, Group Program Manager who also reports a WebSideStory search according to which over 25% of surfers use IE 7 on American sites. To tell the truth, on the same blog there are those who ironically claiming that the data also reports the multiple installations of those who have downloaded the Microsoft browser over and over in a vain attempt to successfully install it.
Net Application shows how the increase in IE 7 is very rapid: from 8.8 in November to the current 18 and beyond a big jump, in fact. But if we observe the trend from January 2006 to December 2006 things get more interesting. In one year, IE went from 85.31 to 79.64, leaving well over five percentage points on the street. The figure is even more significant if you look at how the Microsoft browser loses almost a point a month. Firefox has grown almost steadily from 9.50 to 14.00, but more significant in the last period. Finally, Safari has gnawed ground up to 4.24%, standing firmly in third place in the ranking, offering itself as the only credible alternative to the top of the class.
In the opinion of the writer of the competition – which until some time ago was practically already won by IE – it became more and more open. The Redmond browser is no longer convincing as it once was and even the latest release is unable to curb the bleeding of users migrating to other applications for now. The growth of Firefox is certainly impressive and gives reason for a truly remarkable product in many respects, primarily compatibility and security. In this scenario, the Apple browser grows and consolidates its position, convincing at least the users of the apple. But perhaps the scenario destined to change. The adoption of Safari for the iPhone could play an important, if not decisive, role in its affirmation and at the same time contribute to the halo effect of the iPod. Is it time for Apple to run? (By Fabio Bertoglio)