The idea that Microsoft will use any opportunity to crow about something proves that the company has lost much of its focus, because back in the old days, when Mr. Gates was at the helm, 4% of anything was nothing that anyone would get excited about, and work would continue to make strides to significant gains in a field where something would matter.

Just because there is a new version of Internet Explorer is not a reason to believe that it is something worthwhile – it is not. The browser exploded onto the scene with a thud, not ever occupying the top spot by anyone’s estimation. Being solidly mediocre is hardly an achievement.

But the company must crow about something, because the fact is, the name Microsoft must be on the lips of many, or things are not right in the Microsoft world. Because the Xbox is doing nothing out of the ordinary right now, and the Kinect wave is beyond the crest, it is necessary to speak of things like Windows 7 passing usage share of Windows XP, but only in the United States, and only using a less than scientifically reliable method of determination. (Statcounter’s methods and measurements have been questioned in the past over many other measurements…).

So, as I had said, Internet Explorer 9 would be downloaded by many, only to be used as a method of last resort, once in place on the hard drives of Windows Vista and Windows XP users. The fact that the claims from Statcounter are 31.x% usage for Windows 7, and Vista at 19.x% usage, a measly 4% usage is poor indeed, as if there really are 50% of the personal computers that don’t bear a fruit symbol able to use IE9, and only 4% are actually making use of the browser, it does not speak well for its performance or abilities to engender an audience.

Actually, it is only 3.6% adoption, if you look closely, and that is even worse. But in usual Microsoft fashion, the clues have already been dropped concerning the upcoming Internet Explorer 10. The only thing good about that is that sites will definitely need to have proper testing and identification for two-digit browser identifiers. Opera and Chrome browsers will be properly identified by default.

It’s the Microsoft way. When something is mediocre and less than popular, the FUD gets spread, and the rumors begin, and the anticipation grows. All the way until the letdown of the actual release.