Microsoft saw market share for Internet Explorer climb in July, even as some of its rivals fell incrementally. But questions about the browser's privacy settings also forced the company to publicly respond.
Microsoft saw market share for Internet Explorer climb in
July, even as questions arose about the browser's privacy settings.
Applications has estimated Internet Explorer's July market-share at 60.74
, an increase from June's 60.32 percent, followed by Firefox with
22.91 percent, Chrome with 7.16 percent, Safari with 5.09 percent, and Opera
with 2.45 percent.
Chrome dipped 0.08 percent from June, after months of solid
gains, while Firefox declined 0.9 percent. Those losses were highlighted by
an Aug. 1 posting on The Windows Blog
, with Ryan Gavin, senior director of
Microsoft's Internet Explorer business and marketing, crowing that "protection of your security
and privacy by Internet Explorer 8 continues to resonate with customers."
But Microsoft is also facing questions about Internet
Explorer's priorities with regard to privacy. A
widely circulated Aug. 1 article in The Wall Street Journal
the Internet Explorer team's decision to "design...software to automatically
thwart common tracking tools" was fiercely resisted by company executives who
thought those tools would impede their online-ad selling operation.
The article quotes Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel,
as saying the company tried to combine those differing viewpoints into a single
initiative that balanced "the privacy interests of consumers and the critical
role advertising plays in content."
Microsoft responded to those privacy concerns with an
Aug. 1 posting on The Windows Internet Explorer Weblog
, insisting that
"browsing the Web is fundamentally an information exchange" and that "your Web
browser offers information in order to get information." That posting also
highlighted Internet Explorer's InPrivate Filtering, which allows users to
regulate their privacy settings.
User adoption of Internet Explorer 8 continues to rise, even
as market share for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 decline
. In previous
statements, Microsoft executives have attempted to portray those trends as
deliberate on the company's part, as it encourages users to adopt the latest
browser. However, Microsoft has also pledged support for Internet Explorer 6
through April 2014, despite calls from some quarters to phase it out.
Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting July 29
, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said that the company would release a
beta version of the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 in September. Originally
previewed at Microsoft's MIX 2010 conference in Las Vegas, IE 9 will support
HTML5, as well as leverage Web technologies to take full advantage of PC