Internet Explorer still 'key' to Windows

2012-10-30 14:06

Johannesburg - The browser remains critical to the Microsoft operating system, and despite losing market share to Firefox and Chrome, the US-based company is determined to fight back with Internet Explorer 10.

"We continue to make significant investment around Internet Explorer. We cannot afford to lose that piece," Microsoft SA managing director Mteto Nyati told News24.

IE 10 has been retooled for Windows 8 which the company launched on Friday and Nyati said that the challenges posed by the Mozilla and Google browsers had pushed Microsoft to produce a better web browser.

"Right now we have been faced with a lot of challenges, with competitors coming from everywhere, but that is fine with us, because it continues to help us step up our game."

One of the key developments in IE 10 has been the move toward the HTML 5 standard which was introduced in 2011. The standard was originally proposed by Opera Software and it allows for better multimedia content presentation on the internet.

New technology

"If you look at Internet Explorer 10 - its capabilities, how fast it is - the fact that we are basing it on HTML 5: It will do great things that our competitors are unable to do," Nyati asserted.

HTML 5 is a new technology and Microsoft conceded that it was taking a gamble in moving to embrace the standard.

"We have changed the game; we are upping the game and we believe that the route we are choosing is a big bet, but it's a bet that makes sense and it’s a bet that we believe our customers will embrace," said Nyati.

As of September 2012, Internet Explorer had a third place market share of 16.2%. Google's Chrome was the dominant browser with a 44% share, followed by Firefox at 32%.

"It [IE] was declining and right now we have arrested the decline with Internet Explorer 9. Now with the functionality we've put in 10, we believe that it's going, but it's too early for us to be saying anything," Nyati said.

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  • robert.cerff - 2012-10-30 14:15

    Nice to see IE pushing forward. HTML 5 will no doubt replace flash in the near future, so perhaps Apple will finally be more compatible... because of a microsoft action? Although, I am interested to learn where your browser share comes from? I'm sure that IE has ore than 16.2% of the market share. Using W3 Schools again? No matter your source, they'll always be subjective to the end users of a particular market.

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-10-30 14:28

      IE is great for downloading Chrome ;)

      indianajohn - 2012-10-30 15:08

      Huh? Microsoft didn't invent HTML 5, they're just the last browser to embrace it. Again.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-01 11:18

      For me, this is how I rate the three biggest: 1) Chrome 2) Firefox 3) A sandwich 4) Sand 5) IE

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-30 14:25

    IE should be killed with fire!!

  • christo.crous - 2012-10-30 14:43

    Been using Win8 & IE10 for the last two months (Some of us were lucky to have retail versions early) and I've got to say that I'm impressed by IE10 and love Win8. It's definitely different and take some time to get use to some of the features, but I like it..

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-01 11:19

      I was thinking of downloading it today...worth it?

  • Dvdwalt - 2012-10-30 14:55

    Arrested the decline with IE9??!? really? Developing software for web sites would have been so much quicker if it wasn't for the shortcomings of Internet Explorer. It even has more issues working with Microsoft's own development tools as apposed to Chrome and Firefox. If Chrome was Einstein and Firefox was Stephen Hawking, Microsoft Explorer would be Forrest Gump.

  • jacques.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-30 14:58

    Internet Explorer - That application that ships with windows, used to download a browser

  • lungelo.yili - 2012-10-30 15:05

    IE has slacked off far too long to convince people to go back to it. even at work i use Firefox. At home i had chrome but i uninstalled it due to its failure to launch some work apps with .jnlp extensions. IE can do their IE10, im not even gna bother checking it out

  • abram.spamers - 2012-10-30 15:56

    I don't understand the hatred for this web browser... I don't use it either... but its healthy competition to almighty Chrome which is always a good thing. Fine if you don't like it... but why the populist rant comments??

      paul.bester1 - 2012-10-30 16:35

      The reason for the hate is because Microsoft keeps releasing amazing press statements about IE at every release and it always turns out to be a flop. Unless they completely re-do IE from the ground up, i.e: scrap the existing source code and rewrite it, they won't stand a chance of competing against the likes of Chrome and FireFox. Microsoft needs to listen to the users.

      keir.timm - 2012-10-30 22:22

      You've obviously never had to develop web-applications that are supposed to be compatible with IE(The absolute horror)... sadly most people around the world use IE7 and IE8, not many will move to IE10 within the next couple of years due to expensive microsoft licenses and we will be forced to backward support horribly slow browsers... My company is literally telling clients, change your browser or else you won't get any cookies from the cookie jar!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-30 16:08

    Having been involved with computers for many years I am yet to meet anyone who uses a computer on a regular basis that uses IE by choice? the only hard fast users are businesses, and even then most employees will download something else as soon as IT look the other way, Does anyone have any figures on international use, outside business that is?

  • paul.bester1 - 2012-10-30 16:25

    Great going with the integration of HTML 5 but Microsoft, with your dismal performance surrounding IE since version 6 I don't hold out any hope for you "resurrecting" IE. You've had multiple chances to improve on IE but you failed in every single one of them. One of the main reasons for Google's great success in most things they do is that they look at the market and see what users are asking for or fill a gap in the market. You guys over at Microsoft tend to not listen to what users want but instead dictate to the market how it should be. Don't get me wrong, Microsoft did a bang-up job with Windows 7, one of your most successful operating systems to date but then you went and created Windows 8...

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-30 19:34

      Windows NT4.0 Windows 2000 Pro Windows XP Windows 7 good progression if we ignore Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows Me Windows Vista With Windows 98 SE being a mixed bag (I leaving the DOS with separate Windows 3/3.1 & 3.11 for Work Groups out of this as well as NT3.5 - even though the whole 95 to Me range ran on a hidden DOS - the last one was DOS 7? Windows 8.....that switching between interfaces (Metro to normal'ish) i dont know. One thing I have learned over the years - upgrade installations of a newly released OS is not a good idea. Wait for the first service pack - backup your data and config (best clone to a drive) do a fresh install. IE only when you have no choice

      indianajohn - 2012-11-14 08:57

      Not even Chuck Norris could crash Windows NT 4.0

  • tyranvz - 2012-10-31 08:11

    I agree with Ben. KILL IT! Actually, kill Microsoft

  • LanfearM - 2012-11-01 10:37

    Bwahaha! Internet Explorer absolutely sucks! I never use it, always on Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Get rid of Windows too, Linux and other open source applications are much better!

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