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Internet Explorer for Mac – usage and stats

Internet Explorer for Mac – usage and stats

In the first decade of the new millennium, Internet Explorer was the world’s most popular browser. In the famous browser war, it quickly and cleanly annihilated Netscape Navigator and sent it to never-to-return-land.

Internet Explorer was launched in 1995 but the first two versions failed to gain a decent market share from Netscape Navigator, the reigning browser at that time. It was with version 3 that Internet Explorer became a force to reckon with. And since that time, the software has gone to become the world’s most popular web browser. The 9th version has recently been released.

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Web browsers on Macintosh systems

Internet Explorer was the default on Apple Macintosh systems for five years and was replaced with the Safari web browser in 1993. Though always behind the Windows version in terms of features and updates, the Mac version of Internet Explorer had its own unique features. However, there have been no updates since March 2000 and its development has now been discontinued by Microsoft. This browser had its own quirks and caused a lot of problems to web developers when it came to cross-browser compatibility issues.

Downloading Internet Explorer for Macintosh

The browser was available for download from the Microsoft web site till January 2006. This link has since been removed and Microsoft recommends that Mac users move on to Safari which is much better and faster.

However, the statistics of my web site still show a small community who continue to use Internet Explorer on their Mac systems. These might be genuine users or developers testing my web site in this browser. Any case, I am not concerned about these visitors at all as the numbers are insignificant.

Internet Explorer for Mac may still be available for download via Softpedia – mac.softpedia.com/get/Internet-Utilities/Internet-Explorer.shtml
Internet Explorer macintosh usage statistics - Updated: 2010-11-02

The numbers clearly show that the browser is losing ground and its usage is negligible on my web site.

Updates

June 8, 2009

Internet Explorer for Macintosh displayed a tiny increase in usage this month; yes, I know the numbers remain very small but I report what I see. This has contributed to the more than 2% jump in usage of the overall traffic from Internet Explorer.

July 10, 2010

Yeah! No one’s using Internet Explorer for Mac nowadays.

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