IE marketshare lowers as Firefox and Chrome gain

The two biggest players in the browser market saw the outcome of their new releases today as the new market share statistics were released by Hitslink.

It saw Internet Explorers market share drop by 0.85% placing it at 55.92% overall whereas its rival Firefox saw a gain of 0.06%. Although not a huge gain by Firefox, it places them at 21.80%.

The biggest surprise is the great deal of market-share that IE has lost despite early figures suggesting that their newest release, IE9 was doing exceedingly well. Neowin reported last month that the IE9 RTM had been downloaded 2.35 million times in 24 hours which was a great target for Mozilla to beat when they released Firefox 4. Not so surprisingly, Mozilla did beat the 2.35 million and racked up 7.1 million in its first 24 hours.

Overall however, IE9 did see an increase of 0.05% with the biggest loss of IE market-share coming from the previous versions of the browser, significantly from IE8 which lost 0.54%

It could be said that Firefox had the high ground on Microsoft straight away, as they released their browser with support for Windows XP whereas IE9 is only Vista/7 compatible.

Unsurprisingly, Google Chrome again had a huge jump in market-share and taking the biggest chunk, with a jump of 0.64% placing it at 11.57%. Safari also gained with a jump from 6.36% to 6.61% - a gain of 0.25%. Unfortunately for Opera, they saw no change and remain at 2.15%.

 

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I used XP for the first time in maybe 8 months the other day. Man that thing is dated. If you cant get to IE9 goodness because you are on XP I feel sorry for you.

I think its obvious. Its limited to windows 7 and they dont even support XP, so, what the expect?. They are boycotting themself with this.

ThePitt said,
I think its obvious. Its limited to windows 7 and they dont even support XP, so, what the expect?. They are boycotting themself with this.

I think there is still someone there from the old days. I can imagine a meeting where IE9 and all its standards and introduced showing a clear way to get everyone updated to a browser MS can show about when it comes to standards, and speed. A light weight IE9 for XP, and one that uses the additional features Visat and 7 offer.

"Standards, nah... lets take XP support away then they will all buy Win 7"

Think MS is a little to blame here. I was a loyal user of IE since Win 95, I tried FF and Chrome but was always back within 15 minutes. I had no need to upgrade from XP on loads of my computers so moved them to Chrome when I couldn't get IE9.

Ive since moved my main computers over to Chrome and stopped using IE after 15 years. MS should be trying to keep its long term users and we all know how many are still on XP for whatever reason. Don't pass people to the competition..

The biggest surprise is the great deal of market-share that IE has lost despite early figures suggesting that their newest release, IE9 was doing exceedingly well

Which also marks the start of IE on XP ending, so XP installations are signing off of IE6, and now IE8, and moving to Firefox and Chrome until they upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.

So even as IE9 does well, it is only impacting communities that IE already had a fairly solid userbase, Vista and Win7.

This report says nothing about IE9 other than it is a marker for XP users to let go of IE completely.

Opera should just die, serves them right for how they bribed the European Union to force that browser choice thing.

Bern@rd said,
Opera should just die, serves them right for how they bribed the European Union to force that browser choice thing.

I like Opera

Bern@rd said,
Opera should just die, serves them right for how they bribed the European Union to force that browser choice thing.

Oh give it a damn rest already with that crap. no one cares about that anymore.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

Oh give it a damn rest already with that crap. no one cares about that anymore.

Yep, even less ppl care about Opera, as seen by their market numbers.

Bern@rd said,
Opera should just die, serves them right for how they bribed the European Union to force that browser choice thing.
You mean like how Mozilla and Google did the same thing?

If you were talking about Opera only, you would simply use "it". If you were talking about Opera, Mozilla, and Google, you would use "they" and "them" (like you evidently used in your post).

Bern@rd said,

Yep, even less ppl care about Opera, as seen by their market numbers.

"its", not "their"

Edited by XP1, Apr 2 2011, 5:45pm :

XP1 said,
You mean like how Mozilla and Google did the same thing?

If you were talking about Opera only, you would simply use "it". If you were talking about Opera, Mozilla, and Google, you would use "they" and "them" (like you evidently used in your post).

"its", not "their"


Does an organisation consist of one person? or many? Grammatically speaking, singular and plural are both acceptable, so you are incorrect. If someone is referring to the individuals of a collective noun, then a plural is often used; when referring to the entire group often a singular, but I view them as interchangeable.

Your grammatical prescriptions are based on your own preferences, not a universally accepted standard.

As much as I like IE9, and I really do, having choice is nice and I still lean on Safari on my MacBook and FireFox 4 is my new mainstay on Windows.

Well...At least Opera isn't losing ground...If only they could gain lol
IE needs to work on more often...Otherwise they could continue to lose even more ground. Even if they are small upgrades...

I'm confused.

According to an article by Brad Sams currently on Neowin's homepage, "Adoption rate of IE9 is 'about five times higher than IE8'"

Somebody please explain in layman's terms, since to these articles seem to contradict themselves. Of course, I'm not the brightest bulb on the strand.

I love Firefox 4 much more than the previous versions, but it's still not capable of peeling me away from Chrome. Good on them though!

Good for Google Chrome! I keep reading about Firefox 4, but from what I can see, it's mostly a copy-cat version of Chrome's best features, right down to the interface. Surprisingly enough, I've found that IE 9 (which we use where I work) pretty snappy and I'm rather impressed, but Chrome is still the browser that seems to lead the way in innovation and speed.

shle896 said,
Good for Google Chrome! I keep reading about Firefox 4, but from what I can see, it's mostly a copy-cat version of Chrome's best features, right down to the interface. Surprisingly enough, I've found that IE 9 (which we use where I work) pretty snappy and I'm rather impressed, but Chrome is still the browser that seems to lead the way in innovation and speed.

They all copy each other really, and while some people will bitch and moan about it, I personally feel that good ideas should become the standard.

Didn't use IE for years until installed Win7, then started using IE 8 till final version of 9 came out, which is what am using now.
Been using Firefox for years, but idk really, with Windows 7 IE seems to work just fine for all the major websites I visit.

I suspect a lot of people (non-techie) use Chrome simply because it is made by Google.
Google obviously means you're a lot better than other creators

This coming from someone who used Chrome for months, Firefox for years and Opera for one month.

Mr Spoon said,
I suspect a lot of people (non-techie) use Chrome simply because it is made by Google.
Google obviously means you're a lot better than other creators

This coming from someone who used Chrome for months, Firefox for years and Opera for one month.


I think advertising really has more to do with it. Seems more people were actually willing to give it a try when the ads were presented to their faces.

And considering previous versions of IE, it was probably a big upgrade.

KavazovAngel said,
It is understandable. Microsoft are abandoning XP with IE9, which still holds a high market share.

XP needs to die though, the more companies that dump support for it the better.

TRC said,

XP needs to die though, the more companies that dump support for it the better.


I have to wonder if IE 9 is attractive enough that it'll push XP users into Windows 7 though... Especially when competing browsers are at least as powerful, and run XP to boot. This could therefore instead keep XP alive and to the contrary make users abandon IE.

I'm using Firefox 4, and I'm hoping it continues to do well, even if it has some areas that could be improved upon. Sadly, Chrome will eventually overtake, but it won't stop me recommending Firefox to friends and family!

xMP44x said,
I'm using Firefox 4, and I'm hoping it continues to do well, even if it has some areas that could be improved upon. Sadly, Chrome will eventually overtake, but it won't stop me recommending Firefox to friends and family!

Yeah, I like Firefox 4 a lot. It's pretty snappy, and with the exception of a couple of odd bugs that I'm sure will be ironed out in maintenance releases, it's pretty solid. I switched over to it for my main browsing from Chrome when 4 came out.

Meh, I'm using RockMelt right now because I like the RSS feed sidebar and facebook chat bar on the left. But it's like using Chromium 10 since they updated to that

IE will continue to fall, and soon enough Chrome will be ahead of Firefox.

Microsoft need to push Internet Explorer 9 through Automatic Update and do it fast. As far as average users are concern, IE9 doesn't exist until it comes through the automatic update.

day2die said,
Microsoft need to push Internet Explorer 9 through Automatic Update and do it fast. As far as average users are concern, IE9 doesn't exist until it comes through the automatic update.

I was wondering that and havent't had a chance to look this up but is firefox's 7.1 million downloads just direct downloads from thier website or both automatic updates AND direct downloads from their site?

primortal said,

I was wondering that and havent't had a chance to look this up but is firefox's 7.1 million downloads just direct downloads from thier website or both automatic updates AND direct downloads from their site?

That 7.1 million only covers fresh downloads from it's website, that figure doesn't include updates done through the updater.

Source? If that number came from glow.mozilla.org then thats wrong

"glow.mozilla.org tracks downloads for Firefox 4. When someone clicks the download button on mozilla.com or asks for an upgrade from inside Firefox"

day2die said,
Microsoft need to push Internet Explorer 9 through Automatic Update and do it fast. As far as average users are concern, IE9 doesn't exist until it comes through the automatic update.

Except that only Vista/7 will get IE9. That means that the majority of Windows users (XP), will never use. Microsoft shoots themself in the foot once again lol.

day2die said,
Microsoft need to push Internet Explorer 9 through Automatic Update and do it fast. As far as average users are concern, IE9 doesn't exist until it comes through the automatic update.

It wouldn't matter as far as market share. If people don't use IE, they don't use IE. It doesn't make any difference if IE9 gets installed automatically or not.

primortal said,

I was wondering that and havent't had a chance to look this up but is firefox's 7.1 million downloads just direct downloads from thier website or both automatic updates AND direct downloads from their site?

thealexweb
That 7.1 million only covers fresh downloads from it's website, that figure doesn't include updates done through the updater.

Also, Firefox 3.x users aren't even auto-updated to Firefox 4 yet.

nub said,
Source? If that number came from glow.mozilla.org then thats wrong

"glow.mozilla.org tracks downloads for Firefox 4. When someone clicks the download button on mozilla.com or asks for an upgrade from inside Firefox"

Ther is no upgrade to FF4 from inside Firefox, just to 3.6.16

CoMMo said,
The Linux version of Firefox 4 is still not as snappy as Google Chrome, :-(

Feels pretty snappy on my Ubuntu box.