Browser Wars: IE falls below record 60%, Chrome continues to grow

April was an interesting month in the browser wars. Computerworld reports that Net Applications' analysis shows Google's Chrome browser increasing it's share of the browser market by .6 of a percentage point. It did significantly better than Firefox or IE, and it's the biggest monthly growth since its release in September 2008. While Firefox did show growth, it was only by .07 of a percentage point, and that's the second month of growth after four straight months of shrinkage starting in November 2009. IE fell to 59.95%, the first time IE has ever fallen below the 60% mark. While Firefox has generally been stable since the release of Chrome, IE has since dropped by 9%, leading analysts to infer that the lost market share is primarily being eaten up by Google. StatCounter posts diffferent numbers for each browser (IE: 51.42%, Firefox: 32.62%, Chrome: 8.82%), but both agree with the trend of IE losing significant share to Google.

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ConceivablyTech sees an explanation for IE's troubles in the numbers. Net Applications shows that 62.6% of its users upgraded to version 3.6, while IE8 is at 27.6% compared to older version of IE. This points to a loyalty among Firefox users who are willing to stick with a product and upgrade it when newer versions of release. According to ConceivablyTech, this shows that IE simply isn't "compelling enough" anymore. 

ConceivablyTech predicts a battle between Google and Microsoft at the end of all this. Even though Chrome's market share is a paltry 6.73% compared to the competition, it has sustained an almost double-digit growth rate (9.79%) growth rate, and doesn't seem to be letting up. ConceivablyTech doesn't see Mozilla as a likely contender due to a simple lack of resources. When up against two of the technology titans, Firefox won't have the size, clout, and money to put up a proper fight.

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I like to give most software a try when it comes to web browsers. Used firefox for a while, use google chrome a lot at the moment, but for IE to ever die would be dreadful. As already commented, you need IE to be there for others to work hard to push good software out. IE 8 is not that bad, come on for a standed computer user it does what it needs to, if your more of a techy person then you might want **** loads of add ons and the like, then clearly firefox is the way to go, for me speed is the biggest factor and i like as little running on the internet browser as possible, don't want add'ons its just my choice, so for me google chrome is used mostly on my systems. But I say yer long live IE for the home user its all you need

Browser wars are meaningless. By the time anything has a chance to overtake IE, the face of the web had better be vastly different and less emphasis better be placed on browser preference. It strikes me as utterly ridiculous that we care so much more about the browsers than the internet itself.

The web is showing extreme signs of age, and the closest we've come to a new face for the internet is handheld computing. Show me some real innovation, not just another way to render the latest version of the same stupid language.

Joshie said,
Browser wars are meaningless. By the time anything has a chance to overtake IE, the face of the web had better be vastly different and less emphasis better be placed on browser preference. It strikes me as utterly ridiculous that we care so much more about the browsers than the internet itself.

That's because browsers are the primary way to access services on the internet. That's why browsers are insanely important. And they are not going away any time soon.

The web is showing extreme signs of age, and the closest we've come to a new face for the internet is handheld computing. Show me some real innovation, not just another way to render the latest version of the same stupid language.

The web has been held back by Microsoft's monopoly, but now's the chance to take it to the next level. If you think the web is going away, you are simply delusional.

Hi, my name's Reading Comprehension, have we met?

Did I say at some point that I wanted the web to go away? That I thought it would? Or are you just doing that thing where a chance to take a pot shot at MS crippled your ability to get the jist of my post?


I want the web to change into something where the browser is much less significant. Is that weird? No less weird, I imagine, than the entire open software community parroting the value of modular software and the dangers of bloat, in the face of the very web standards they support hurtling towards becoming more all-in-one than a toaster with an egg poacher.

Joshie said,
I want the web to change into something where the browser is much less significant.

What is a "browser"? It is a client that connects to web server. The browser will always be significant. In fact, it will be vital.

PreKe said,

What is a "browser"? It is a client that connects to web server. The browser will always be significant. In fact, it will be vital.

Actually what I believe Joshie is trying to say is that the browser brand (Chrome, Opera, FF, IE) would not be important but the browser is important. Your experience should be the same no matter what brand you use.

Joyette S said,
Actually what I believe Joshie is trying to say is that the browser brand (Chrome, Opera, FF, IE) would not be important but the browser is important. Your experience should be the same no matter what brand you use.

It won't be. Hopefully they will all support the standards the way they should, but there's no reason why they should be exactly the same beyond that. There is a lot of room for innovation and differentiation.

It doesn't matter when IE9 comes out...Microsoft seems to be having troubles getting their users to upgrade to 7 or 8 as it is anyways. 9 wont help all that much. Maybe a small rise with tech people trying it out, but thats all...
As for Opera whining, name a company that hasn't done anything 'wrong'. Microsoft has gotten in trouble for business tactics, yet how many of the people whining about Opera use a Microsoft product?
Anyways, I'm loving my Opera.

I use internet explorer only when I have a problem opening some pages with other browser.Internet explorer come like an windows update and I dont know why is on the list ?

amko77 said,
I use internet explorer only when I have a problem opening some pages with other browser.Internet explorer come like an windows update and I dont know why is on the list ?

part of the os and the only failsafe when things start to go south.
trident is still the best at rendering broken pages, so that makes ie the most reliable brower, and reliablility is the 1st on the list most enterprise users need.

The only time I ever use IE - is to download another browser after a clean install of Windows = basically ANY other browser will do fine!

I love how people complain about IE9 not running on XP even though 80-85% of those XP installs are in corporate/government/IT/education/business/etc., which aren't upgrading IE most of the time anyway. Some reason why MS isn't making Live Essentials available for XP.

warwagon said,
The reason Firefox isn't growing is because they aren't bundling themselves in with applications like chrome is.

Firefox was a good choice when it was only competing against IE and Opera, with Chrome around Firefox is not going to get any new market share unless they speed up development of new features, and that's not going to happen, but even if they do Google will always be able to put 100x more money on Chrome than Mozilla in Firefox.

warwagon said,
The reason Firefox isn't growing is because they aren't bundling themselves in with applications like chrome is.

No, the reason is that Google stopped promoting Firefox and started promoting Chrome using their online ad monopoly.

The the world: See it wasn't that hard to force people to move to newer gen browsers. Having major sites drop support for old browsers and the EUs work. Next year I hope the trend continues and we drop support again for previous gen browsers (IE 7, Safari 3 etc etc).

So is Opera happy now? Only logical for IE to fall when better browsers finally appeared with decent support.

shakey said,
So is Opera happy now? Only logical for IE to fall when better browsers finally appeared with decent support.

Opera seemed to be pretty happy, as they saw both an increase in downloads and in active users. They crossed 100 million users a while ago.

Firefox, as a comparison, has 300 million users or so.

shakey said,
So is Opera happy now? Only logical for IE to fall when better browsers finally appeared with decent support.

Opera will not be happy until it is the dominate browser.

neufuse said,
Opera will not be happy until it is the dominate browser.

Actually, Opera's CEO said he doesn't even want Opera to be completely dominant. He wants a healthy, competitive market. Not single dominant vendors.

Jose_49 said,
Let's wait and see for IE 9

in the meantime let Google keep pouring resources into Chrome let's see how much faster will it be even without help from the hardware..
even Firefox is already getting behind Chrome in functionality and speed.. it is only a matter of time until Chrome gets to 50%

Jose_49 said,
Let's wait and see for IE 9

Except most IE users don't know that much about PC's so unless they have a new PC with Windows vista or 7 on it then once the latest version of IE doesnt work for them anymore, they will start looking for an alternative when websites don't work properly.

Opera can't even beat Safari's marketshare? Now that's gotta hurt. Time to whine to the EU about a ballot box on OS X I guess. What else can they do?

C_Guy said,
Opera can't even beat Safari's marketshare? Now that's gotta hurt. Time to whine to the EU about a ballot box on OS X I guess. What else can they do?

Opera's always gonna trail the big players, don't see that changing any time soon.

C_Guy said,
Opera can't even beat Safari's marketshare? Now that's gotta hurt. Time to whine to the EU about a ballot box on OS X I guess. What else can they do?

First of all, Safari is bundled with Mac OS. Opera has to stand on its own, as an independent browser.

And considering that Opera has more than 100 millioner users and growing, your Opera whining fails as always. Also, why are you only whining about Opera? Google and Mozilla "whined to the EU" as well?

Finally, the ballot screen was Microsoft's own suggestion, but I guess facts don't matter if one is a bit of a hypocrite...

thealexweb said,
Opera's always gonna trail the big players, don't see that changing any time soon.

Actually, Opera is the dominant mobile browser.

PreKe said,

Actually, Opera is the dominant mobile browser.

Opera is dominant in the mobile world in the same way Symbian is, e.g. big user base in the low-end devices but not much in the high end devices. With more and more people getting smartphones this is a problem for Opera.

Digital Tonic said,

I still prefer cheese on a Jacobs cream cracker. What's your point?

Good to know. What does that have with the article to do?

IE8 is for me the best browser on Windows 7. It has its problems but overall offers the best Windows 7 experience. Best integration, good rendering speed (real life speed - not benchmarks), and works with most websites. There are also enough plugins to make IE8 work even better.

Petvas said,

Good to know. What does that have with the article to do?

IE8 is for me the best browser on Windows 7. It has its problems but overall offers the best Windows 7 experience. Best integration, good rendering speed (real life speed - not benchmarks), and works with most websites. There are also enough plugins to make IE8 work even better.

Thanks. Now why not post that first instead of "I still prefer IE8 on Windows 7".

Couldn't care less about market share.

As long as I like the browser I'm using then I'm fine.

'Browser Wars' - What has humanity come too.

Tekkerson said,
I wouldn't take 'wars' literally if I were you

Ha ha.

I wasn't. Just thought it was really sad to refer to it as a "war". We're talking about web browsers for Christ sake.

astroX said,
lol at Safari and Opera x))

Opera just announced that they had more than 100 million active users. Firefox apparently has something like 300 million active users. LOL?

PreKe said,

Opera just announced that they had more than 100 million active users. Firefox apparently has something like 300 million active users. LOL?
Yeah, LOL.

Define "active users".

XP1 said,
Define "active users".

People who are actually using Opera for browsing. Not just downloads. Not just installations. Actual usage.

Google Chrome, data mining at it's best. First it was what you entered in the search bar. Now it's what you do everywhere in their browser. If and when there is a Chrome OS for Windows they will be able to grab even more on your computer. Remember, Google is EVIL.

street wolf said,
Google Chrome, data mining at it's best. First it was what you entered in the search bar. Now it's what you do everywhere in their browser. If and when there is a Chrome OS for Windows they will be able to grab even more on your computer. Remember, Google is EVIL.

Just use the Iron version without all that.

I use chrome, firefox..but major of time, i stay with IE...and if it is a bank or shopping, i am still not convinced myself to run anything expect IE.
Hopefully IE9 and upcoming versions will run ahed of others...

Field Commander A9 said,

100% of banks and online bussiness sites in my country use activex.

100% of your banking and bossiness are unsecure according to CERT which advises to drop using activex.
US-CERT: Turn Off ActiveX for Security

IE9 will be huge and gets lots of market share, granted its only for Vista or newer but thats like 99% of all PC users now so how can it fail?

Hmm..

Actually most PC users still have Windows XP installed...

The thing Internet Explorer 9 has against it from the very start is the fact it's called "Internet Explorer".

.Neo said,
Actually most PC users still have Windows XP installed...

The thing Internet Explorer 9 has against it from the very start is the fact it's called "Internet Explorer".

What's wrong with the name? It makes sense and people understand what it does just from that. It explores the internet, that's a browser in a nutshell.

As for the XP thing, it doesn't matter, since IE9 isn't out yet or going to be soon, by the time it does start to show up win7 and XP marketshare could be pretty close for all we know.

.Neo said,
Actually most PC users still have Windows XP installed...

The thing Internet Explorer 9 has against it from the very start is the fact it's called "Internet Explorer".

For us tech guys...
Normal people want to use the internet, so they use... guess what? Internet Explorer.
They don't even get the concept of the browser, they don't get that it's an application like any other. For them it's just what the name implies, "the thing you click on when you want to explore the internet".
And personnaly, if IE9 is any good, I won't waste anymore time trying to get people to switch to Firefox. If they're are other tech savy people thinking like I am, they'll probably get back some market share.

Edited by Kwanza, May 3 2010, 7:40pm : spelling

Kwanza said,
Normal people want to use the internet, so they use... guess what? Internet Explorer.

The drop of Internet Explorer's market share isn't only due to tech-savy users switching. Even the avarage joe installs alternative browsers these days.
GP007 said,
What's wrong with the name?

Nothing. But quite a few people associate "Internet Explorer" with a poor product.

Orange Battery said,
IE9 will be huge and gets lots of market share, granted its only for Vista or newer but thats like 99% of all PC users now so how can it fail?

Hmm..

It will fail because 7 + vita won't pass the 30-35 % market share in the next 2-3 years
and 100 million of 7 licenses sold doesn't mean 100 million users, very far from it.

Edited by ilev, May 4 2010, 5:14am :

[quote=.Neo said,]
Even the avarage joe installs alternative browsers these days.
[quote]

This is due mainly because every time you install a program anymore, you get a damn browser attached to it. This is the main reason I will not use Chrome. Just try installing anything from Google (or anywhere else for that matter) and you have be extremely carefull that you don't get Chrome installed too.

Edited by IndyLateNite, May 4 2010, 3:19pm :

Whenever I hear news that IE's share is dropping, it worries me, but I have absolutely no idea why. I'm a web designer, so if anything, I should be pleased. And yet I'm not for some reason....

Meph said,
Whenever I hear news that IE's share is dropping, it worries me, but I have absolutely no idea why. I'm a web designer, so if anything, I should be pleased. And yet I'm not for some reason....

Because that means other "Foundations" or corporations will take over, maybe even multiple companies. Then they'll all compete and try setting their own standards and chances are they will start having sloppy releases full of errors and make us have to create cascading hack sheets for each one.

Opera should have more market share than they have
After all, they have contributed more to web browsing than anyone else.
Other browsers just seem to copy Opera

I expect a Firefox fanboy to quote and say "Opera whines." but the matter of the fact is, Firefox were behind Opera in the situation with the EU. So... quiet

Purify said,
Opera should have more market share than they have
After all, they have contributed more to web browsing than anyone else.
Other browsers just seem to copy Opera

I expect a Firefox fanboy to quote and say "Opera whines." but the matter of the fact is, Firefox were behind Opera in the situation with the EU. So... quiet


Opera whines.... i am a chrome user.

still1 said,
Opera whines.... i am a chrome user.

That's interesting, because Google joined and fully supported the EU antitrust case.

Worse yet, Google has filed its own antitrust complaints!

So are you going to say "Google whines" now, or are you a hypocrite?

PreKe said,

That's interesting, because Google joined and fully supported the EU antitrust case.

Worse yet, Google has filed its own antitrust complaints!

So are you going to say "Google whines" now, or are you a hypocrite?


at least they whine less and not like opera *****ing about everything

still1 said,

at least they whine less and not like opera *****ing about everything

LOL if it wasn't for Opera .. Microsoft will never let the users choose a browser .. I think Google/Mozilla/Apple ect should Thank Opera!!

There is lot's of monopoly going on here (Microsoft and Apple).

Edited by Cashtro, May 3 2010, 11:57pm : spell type

still1 said,
at least they whine less and not like opera *****ing about everything

So what you are saying is that you are a hypocrite who willfully rejects facts?

Pathetic.

Sorry but Opera is terrible. They used to charge for it but nobody wanted it so they began giving it away and they can't even do that. All that's left is to cry and try to get it bundled with Windows.

Edited by Saburac, May 4 2010, 5:18pm :

Saburac said,
Sorry but Opera is terrible. They used to charge for it but nobody wanted it so they began giving it away and they can't even do that.

Actually, Opera's user base is more than 100 million at this point, and it's been about four years since they removed the ads. Opera's desktop revenue consistently increases by 50-100% each quarter. So you fail.

All that's left is to cry and try to get it bundled with Windows.

Actually, the ballot screen was Microsoft's own idea, and Mozilla and Google fully supported and joined the antitrust case. So why are you only whining about Opera? Hypocrisy? Ignorance? Plain old trolling?

Anyway, you fail.

Opera's user base has been growing ever since they removed the ads.

And Mozilla was much more vocal than Opera in the antitrust case. All Opera did was to answer direct questions from journalists.

Edited by PreKe, May 4 2010, 5:54pm :

I left IE a while ago, but IE9 does sound interesting. The thing with IE though, is that it never feels as fast as the competition.

djpailo said,
I left IE a while ago, but IE9 does sound interesting. The thing with IE though, is that it never feels as fast as the competition.

That will probably change, actually I'm sure it will, with IE9.

GP007 said,

That will probably change, actually I'm sure it will, with IE9.


There's nothing saying it will. It's far from the competition in the latest public build, and it has to be compared to the competition's trunk builds to be fair. If doing that, it's still on a different level of performance. I doubt the hardware acceleration will mean a huge difference; experimental tests on Firefox hasn't revealed that anyway.

Edited by Northgrove, May 4 2010, 11:20am :

Just curious, is anyone surprised by this?

I'm actually surprised it isn't sinking faster. And finally, we can be free from a locked web!
Die IE, and your family!

Tpiom said,
Just curious, is anyone surprised by this?

I'm actually surprised it isn't sinking faster. And finally, we can be free from a locked web!
Die IE, and your family!

Isn't IE one of the reasons that the internet boomed because of standards and syncronizations? I'm probably wrong about that... but if true, bittersweet for you huh?

Also, the features just aren't there, it's not like they were locking it on purpose.

Edited by ccoltmanm, May 3 2010, 6:52pm :

ccoltmanm said,

Isn't IE one of the reasons that the internet boomed because of standards and syncronizations? I'm probably wrong about that... but if true, bittersweet for you huh?

Also, the features just aren't there, it's not like they were locking it on purpose.

yes they were locking it on purpose, that has been proved over and over in court, no denying that. Microsoft has a very dark history

However, in the beginning the browser wars really did speed up the web development. A few things that were ie proprietary first but now accepted as standards are httpxmlrequest (the basis of ajax and web 2.0) and css pseudo classes (:hover). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), once the browser wars were done and netscape dead and buried Microsoft decided to stop developing IE, we all know what happened next

XerXis said,

yes they were locking it on purpose, that has been proved over and over in court, no denying that. Microsoft has a very dark history

However, in the beginning the browser wars really did speed up the web development. A few things that were ie proprietary first but now accepted as standards are httpxmlrequest (the basis of ajax and web 2.0) and css pseudo classes (:hover). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), once the browser wars were done and netscape dead and buried Microsoft decided to stop developing IE, we all know what happened next

I thought he meant locked down as in no addons and stuff, sorry.

Firefox will keep climbing once version 4.0 is released. It will be the thing that keeps them strong. The only reason I see Chrome beating Firefox is because Google is the main source on Mozilla's income. It's possible that we could see the two browsers merge in the near future. Perhaps Google would buy Mozilla?

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Firefox will keep climbing once version 4.0 is released. It will be the thing that keeps them strong. The only reason I see Chrome beating Firefox is because Google is the main source on Mozilla's income. It's possible that we could see the two browsers merge in the near future. Perhaps Google would buy Mozilla?

The Mozilla Foundation isn't a company so you can't buy it as such.

thealexweb said,

The Mozilla Foundation isn't a company so you can't buy it as such.


but google could chuck away chrome and use firefox...

Why is this important to us as "consumers." We can get all of these for free, and are able to switch between them freely. I think it is good that the competition is forcing everyone to be competitive and inovative. I wonder what will happen when IE goes below FF or C. What will people talk about then?

The good thing about IE is that we know it will be supported and funded for a long time.

Yeah, I guess this is the future going forth. I really doubt IE will dominate they way they used to. Microsoft needs to revamp the design and performance of IE to really be a heavy weight a few years from now.

I see Firefox and Chrome dominating/growing more rapidly going forth.

dimithrak said,
Yeah, I guess this is the future going forth. I really doubt IE will dominate they way they used to. Microsoft needs to revamp the design and performance of IE to really be a heavy weight a few years from now.

I see Firefox and Chrome dominating/growing more rapidly going forth.


Problem is, Firefox hasn't grown significantly at all as of late. In this business, that's a very bad position to be in.

dimithrak said,
Yeah, I guess this is the future going forth. I really doubt IE will dominate they way they used to. Microsoft needs to revamp the design and performance of IE to really be a heavy weight a few years from now.

I see Firefox and Chrome dominating/growing more rapidly going forth.


That's exactly what they are doing. We haven't seen IE9's UI yet probably because it's going to be WPF. It's engine is hardware accelerated so it's not too far off to believe it's WPF with all sorts of features like those Longhorn tabs in the aero glass titlebar. Dreaming is best!

Ruler of the Interwebs said,

Problem is, Firefox hasn't grown significantly at all as of late. In this business, that's a very bad position to be in.

At least there growing again unlike Opera who continues to shrink for all their whining.

thealexweb said,

At least there growing again unlike Opera who continues to shrink for all their whining.


You do realize mozilla was right behind opera in the eu thing.

Electric Jolt said,


That's exactly what they are doing. We haven't seen IE9's UI yet probably because it's going to be WPF. It's engine is hardware accelerated so it's not too far off to believe it's WPF with all sorts of features like those Longhorn tabs in the aero glass titlebar. Dreaming is best!

No they are not. There are 600 million XP user who won't be able to run IE9. The majority will switch to Firefox or Chrome to get new browsers with updates and new features.

ViperAFK said,

You do realize mozilla was right behind opera in the eu thing.

Providing moral support to a cause is not the same as starting a cause, anyway Opera is the one still moaning that things aren't fair still.

ilev said,

No they are not. There are 600 million XP user who won't be able to run IE9. The majority will switch to Firefox or Chrome to get new browsers with updates and new features.

No, the Majority are in a Corporate and are likely going to upgrade to 7, as their support for XP will vanish.

Ruler of the Interwebs said,

Problem is, Firefox hasn't grown significantly at all as of late. In this business, that's a very bad position to be in.


A stable solid marketshare at ~25% is bad?

After Chrome, Firefox is still the second fastest growing browser as of later. Its hardly a bad position. Safari, Opera and IE are in more worrying positions. Firefox is the only one that currently has a solid and substantial ground in the Market - something no-one else has.

thealexweb said,
At least there growing again unlike Opera who continues to shrink for all their whining.

Actually, Opera's user base has continued to grow. It just went up from 46 million a few weeks ago to 50 million last week or so.

Also, Mozilla was much more vocal about the EU antitrust case in official blogs. All Opera did was to report a crime.

Google and Mozilla fully supported the antitrust complaint, and yet the whiners are only whining about Opera. Hypocrisy rocks, dude!

PreKe said,

Actually, Opera's user base has continued to grow. It just went up from 46 million a few weeks ago to 50 million last week or so.

Also, Mozilla was much more vocal about the EU antitrust case in official blogs. All Opera did was to report a crime.

Google and Mozilla fully supported the antitrust complaint, and yet the whiners are only whining about Opera. Hypocrisy rocks, dude!

You know, it may have something to do with all the bitching that Opera did at EVERY iteration of the ballot screen (which they are still not happy with) while the other two companies seem (at least) to be satiated

Sraf said,
You know, it may have something to do with all the bitching that Opera did at EVERY iteration of the ballot screen (which they are still not happy with) while the other two companies seem (at least) to be satiated

No, you are completely wrong. Mozilla has been much more vocal in their criticism through their own official blogs. For example, they complained about the lack of randomness. All Opera has been doing is basically to answer direct questions from journalists.

Also, Opera have said that they are indeed happy with the ballot screen.

You fail.

-TV- said,
WOOOOOO

Man.. chrome is dominating......
Opera share fell a bit... we will see a cry from opera officials soon in the news section.

still1 said,

Man.. chrome is dominating......
Opera share fell a bit... we will see a cry from opera officials soon in the news section.


Yup, the fastest browser "killed" by a benchmark.

still1 said,
Opera share fell a bit... we will see a cry from opera officials soon in the news section.

What on earth are you talking about? Opera just reached 50 million desktop users, up from 46 million users a few weeks before. Opera's user base is growing.

And why would you see "see a cry from opera officials"?

PreKe said,

And why would you see "see a cry from opera officials"?
Because they b**** and moan about anything and everything.

Bhav said,
Because they b**** and moan about anything and everything.

Really! Such as?

Why are you not saying the same thing about Mozilla, who blogged extensively about the EU case after they joined and fully and vocally supported it?

Why are you not saying the same thing about Google, who joined and fully supported the EU antitrust case? Or who filed their own antitrust complaints against Microsoft?

Why are you not saying the same thing about Microsoft, who filed antitrust complaints against Google?

Hypocrisy, perhaps?

PreKe said,

What on earth are you talking about? Opera just reached 50 million desktop users, up from 46 million users a few weeks before. Opera's user base is growing.

And why would you see "see a cry from opera officials"?


lol. Seems you are unable to differentiate between "share" and "users".
I have to agree with still1. I love Opera, it's a great browser, but in regards to all that's happened in the EU, Opera is a whiney cow. You obviously haven't been keeping all that up to date.

Mikeyx11 said,
lol. Seems you are unable to differentiate between "share" and "users".
I have to agree with still1. I love Opera, it's a great browser, but in regards to all that's happened in the EU, Opera is a whiney cow. You obviously haven't been keeping all that up to date.

Actually, it is you who are not only whiny, but also hypocritical. Mozilla was much more vocal in its official blogs about the EU case. They joined and fully supported the complaint. All Opera did was to answer direct questions from journalists.

And lastly, "share" is impossible to measure. But we do know that Opera has more than 100 million active users in total. How much market share that amounts to, I have no idea.