According to Tony Chor of Microsoft, on January 8, 2007, Internet Explorer was installed on its 100 millionth machine. Probably, if Mozilla
forced asked people to install its browser, Firefox would have an even larger share of the Internet Browser pie.
At any rate, IE7 is the second most used web browser behind IE6. As expected, Chor believes IE7 usage will continue to increase as more people download it and after Vista is released (cough) on January 30, 2007 (it is part of the Vista package).
As I alluded to in the first paragraph, I think the numbers are somewhat misleading. If you are running Windows XP with automatic updates turned on, you automatically installed IE7. You did not really have an easy choice. Although, you can uninstall it and rollback to IE6 if you want.
Additionally, we installed IE7 on our machines, but that is only so we can test web designs in different browsers. Our browser of choice is still Mozilla Firefox, followed by Opera.
Don’t get me wrong, IE7 made a lot of progress, but it is only now reaching the level of customization and security that has already existed in Firefox and Opera. Additionally, Firefox has already released the Alpha version of Firefox 3, so they are certainly not sitting back.
If you want to check out Firefox, here is a link for all the details. If you are interested in Opera, click here. If you are interested in IE7, you are probably already running it and don’t need a link ;).