The latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 (IE) browser launched one week ago. Since, its debut, we have been seeing an adoption rate of 5.3% of users on VeriSign.com already on IE 9. And, compared to the previous week, there has been an approximately 3% drop in users to the site on IE 6 . While the percentage of IE 6 users on VeriSign.com is relatively small, the absolute number of users is still notable. Microsoft's IE 6 countdown site is a clear acknowledgment that this 10-year old version of the browser is steadily declining in usage. As of February, 2011, only 12.0% of the world was using Internet Explorer 6, which was 9 percentage points less than the previous year. IE 9, like Firefox, provides support for HTML 5 which eliminates the need for proprietary plug-ins and APIs for multimedia and graphical content. This is a huge user experience win.
Mozilla is also slated to roll out the latest version of it's Firefox 4 browser tomorrow, March 22.
VeriSign.com Homepage in IE9: