Isn't that what the monotonies commision are for
It's widely installed because it's foisted on the unsuspecting masses (and government employees)
The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser is the most widely used web surfing tool, following an investigation of one of the company's ads. The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) probed a complaint about an internet ad in which Microsoft said that Blighty surfers could “Download the …
"We considered that readers were likely to interpret the claim ‘the most widely used browser’ as being specific to Internet Explorer 8, not as referring to all versions of Internet Explorer collectively, and to infer that Internet Explorer 8 was installed on more computers worldwide than any other browser"
I don't think there's any need for interpretation. Most widely used can surely only mean the browser used by the most people.
As for the complainant, what sort of doylem actually supports their complaint with data that doesn't actually support their complaint?
Win 7 + IE 8 is widely recognised as the single most difficult OS / Browser combo to hack. And the browser which has had the highest number of unpatched vunerabilites for the last 4 years running? Firefox. Look it up, I can't be bothered to find a link. If anything the ASA should be looking at Firefoxes "Faster, More secure & Customisable" tagline, as it is demonstrably not the best at any one of those things.
W3schools is a site about web development, it's not exactly representative of a typical web user. This is something they even say on their stats page.
If I stood outside the "poodle lovers club" and conducted a survey on people's favourite dog breed, would I then be able to accurately state that "90% of the world say that poodles are their favourite dog breed"?
I've lost count of the number of arguments/comments on this site where Firefox fanboys keep preaching it's the most popular browser by combining all versions of it against the most recent (and still therefore growing).
When someone says to make that test fair you need to combine all versions of IE, they counter-argue that IE5 and IE6 are obsolete so shouldn't be counted counted (Eh? Talk about clutching at straws).
When you ask whether this means Firefox 1.0 isn't obsolete and can handle most sites as well as the current version of IE from the same time they just get abusive and click the thumbs down icon....
I've lost count of the number of arguments/comments on this site where Firefox fanboys keep preaching it's the most popular browser...
Find one - just one - where someone has said that without quoting the W3Schools stats.
I've seen millions where people say IE is shit and quite a few that say Firefox is buggy/bloated (and quite a few really annoyingly smug posts from Opera users - yeah, I get it it's a good browser, I even use it occasionally - jeez) - but I can't remember having ever seen a post stating "Firefox is teh most used brwsr on teh intarwebs - EVA!1!!!!."
Who cares as long as the person using it is happy with what they are using (bugs/security flaws included) I stopped using IE as I just found it too slow, then I stopped using Firefox because I just found it was too ugly and cumbersome, then I stopped using Safari because it was just plain crap, so now I'm on Chrome. No doubt I will find something else after a while but at the moment I'm happy enough with it.
It would appear that MSIE is the most popular judging by data pulled from the WikiMedia server logs [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers#Wikimedia_.28April_2009_to_present.29 ], which is interestingly a rather different picture than W3CSchools portrays.
That said, I have several non-PC browsers which 'identify' themselves as MSIE7 (instead of their real minority IDs); and my Opera identifies itself as Firefox 3.6. I have IE8, but I only ever use that for Microsoft's own site...
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