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Internet Explorer Market Share Dips Below 60%

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Internet Explorer Market Share Dips Below 60%

Always worth a my-browser-is-better-than-your-browser argument is market share and in the bragging stakes Internet Explorer's reputation continues to plummet.

Statistics guru Net Applications has revealed Microsoft's browser saw market share drop below 60 per cent for the first time since it beat out Netscape many years ago. All versions of IE tallied 59.95 per cent of the market in April, down from 60.65 per cent in March and down a massive 8.4 per cent from 68.32 per cent in June last year.

So who are the winners? Well, to be more accurate, the question really needs to be phrased 'winner' since only Google Chrome continues to grow at a helter skelter rate. It jumped from 6.13 per cent in March to 6.73 per cent in April, up 0.6 per cent - virtually as much as all versions of IE dropped. It also continues a remarkable run with the browser not far off tripling its market share of 2.4 per cent back in June.

As for the others, things are rather flat. Firefox and Safari moved from 24.52 per cent and 4.62 per cent in March to 24.59 per cent and 4.72 per cent in April respectively and these represent pretty meagre growth long term with the two browsers already at 22.43 per cent and 3.79 per cent back in June. Meanwhile Opera actually lost share dropping from 2.37 per cent in March to 2.3 per cent in April - hardly in line with its claim the Windows Browser Ballot screen had seen downloads double.

If Microsoft is to arrest this rapid slide from grace it looks like Internet Explorer 9 is going to have to be something very special indeed...


Via Net Applications

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May 4, 2010, 12:56 pm

Internet Explorer gets what it deserves, imho. It's not a dreadful experience, but coming back to it from Opera or Chrome and it just feels bloated and slow. Makes you realise just how far behind the times it is.

Disapointed about Opera taking a dip in market share. It's the browser of choice for me. Admitedly Chrome wins the compatability stakes (there are still websites where Flash and other plugins still don't play nice with Opera) but Opera wins hands-down when it comes to usability.


May 4, 2010, 1:15 pm

I just wish that all browsers (in their latest versions) would support the defined standards - and that web developers would develop to those standards. I get tired of having to use IE for some sites, and Firefox for others when my preferred browser is Chrome.

Oh - and having sites work properly when you're using the 64-bit version rather than having to swap back to the 32-bit version.

OK. Moan over now.


May 4, 2010, 1:24 pm

I must be one of the reasons the Chrome line is creeping up! They have an extension for almost everything I want now (just waiting for a Trashmail one). My only slight gripe is that you have to save downloaded files with no option to automatically open. I know any browser saves them to a temp directory but that does save you the tiny effort of deleting after use. That said, there is a greyed out option so it is obviously something they are working on. Otherwise it is slick and efficient. I never thought I would stop using Firefox ....


May 4, 2010, 2:08 pm

I don't think anyone could see this is as bad news, other than perhaps Microsoft... So much competition in the browser space is the surest way that open standards will continue to win out, and that we'll never again be left with a monopoly browser that can so easily lapse into proprietary functionality and poor security. IE will continue to be a better browser for it.

As for Chrome, Google's motives remain unclear. As a creator of web apps it makes sense that they don't want to rely on third party browser developers to implement the latest standards etc. Plus they want better performance so that their web apps can do more. But I'd be surprised if this was the sole driver of Chrome development.


May 4, 2010, 3:01 pm

Although im dissappointed to see see Opera drop im not that surprised. I do hate the new layout and tweaks they have brought in. Double clicking on the top bar...thingy, no longer makes it fullscreen it opens a new Tab. Unless you click very near the top, pain in the ass. Also moving everything under that Opera icon in the top left hand corner is another click/time waster that wasn't needed in previous versions. Hope they come to their senses and scrape these backward "Tweaks"


May 4, 2010, 4:44 pm

Been using Chrome for so long now mainly because it's so light and snappy. I used to miss all my Firefox extensions but to be honest I got so used to not having them that I hardly use any even now that they're available.

Have noticed a few issues though. Having failed to secure tickets for gigs a few times I've now learned that for some reason it doesn't seem to work properly for Ticketmaster. It just hangs in the searching phase. Firefox works first time.

Also for some reason over the past week Google Maps has stopped working in Chrome. Very annoying.

With all the advertising they're doing it's hardly surprising that their share is going up though. That and it's a great product.


May 4, 2010, 5:17 pm

@Ben, totally agree with everything you have said. I too am becoming more cynical of Google as time goes on - though I am not 100% sure why!?! Guess it is all around one company having too much dominance.


May 4, 2010, 7:04 pm

@ravmania I've had the same problem with chrome and maps as you. Google maps doesn't work for me in chrome, it starts loading but it never finishes. It seems strange that out of all browsers it's chrome which is having problems with maps. Anyway I'm still a chrome devotee and I will be until firefox gets a lot less crashy, a lot faster and cleans up it's looks.


May 4, 2010, 7:05 pm

@ravmania @thebonemachine - no problem with Google Maps on Chrome for me, but - as touched upon in other comments - I do wish website developers would still to the Acid3 standards.


May 4, 2010, 10:32 pm

Absolutely love Firefox - and why not? It's stable, fast has loads of useful plugins, etc.

I don't miss IE one bit.

There was a time when I was forced to use IE because some websites were not compatible with Firefox, but I cannot remember the last time I had to do this.

In fact, last week, I was at a friends house and had to use IE - what a slow, dreay experience!!!!!

I'm not anti-MS, but IE's time has come.


May 4, 2010, 11:33 pm


It's magically started working again today!


May 5, 2010, 2:08 am

Firefox still the winner for me I'm afraid. Tiny visual footprint, quick (lets face it who notices the difference?) and plug ins for everything.

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