Internet Explorer 7 has reached the 100 million-installation milestone. Tony Chor, IE Group Program Manager revealed that the browser had reached 100
million installations as of January 8, 2007. Internet Explorer 7 was released on
October 18, 2006. The browser's performance can be explained through Microsoft's adoption strategy.
Following the official release, and beginning with November 8, 2006, the Redmond Company debuted pushing IE7 via Automatic Updates at the rate of 1 million updates per day. Initially, the IE7 updates were released only to 1% of users of English versions of IE6 per day; but - starting on November 15 - IE7 updates started shipping through AU to users of the European language versions of Internet Explorer 6.
However, IE7's distribution through Automatic updates has not reached a complete global status. The IE7 AU updates are scheduled for the Japanese market later in the spring of 2007.
Microsoft additionally informed that IE7 is now the second most used browser in the United States after IE6. The Redmond Company will see these statistics increasing rapidly in February, concomitantly with the customer availability of Windows Vista that ships with its own version of IE7 integrated.
“I’m pleased to report that on January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation. However, even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to websites in the US were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as we complete our final localized versions, scale up AU distribution, and with the consumer availability of Windows Vista on January 30, 2007. You won’t need to download it for Windows Vista as it has IE7 built in with all the same features as the XP version, plus Protected Mode,” stated Tony Chor.