Internet Explorer and Firefox market share declines in April

Despite the March release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has seen its browser shares decline once more according to web usage data published on Sunday.

According to Network World, Internet Explorer dropped eight-tenths of a percent in browser share during April, falling to 55.1% overall, the lowest figure Microsoft has seen for years.

Microsoft was not the only browser based company to see percentages fall however, with Firefox dropping two-tenths of a percentage to 21.6%.

It was Apple’s Safari browser that grew the most during April, posting a rise of five-tenths to a record 7.2% for the browser that ships with Mac OS X and iOS, along with a downloadable version for the Windows operating system. Net Applications tracking stated that this one-month gain was the biggest-ever by the Safari browser.

Google’s Chrome browser increased once more, with a four-tenths of a percentage rise, making up an 11.9% share of the browser market for April.  Despite this, the increase was lower than their previous average seen over the last 12 months.

The article went on to state that other analytics companies showed differing share amounts for each browser, but the same trends remained, with Internet Explorer and Firefox losing market share, while both Chrome and Safari gained.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 browser has been heralded as one of the company’s best releases in years, but despite it accounting for 2.4% of all browser share, the growth was offset by a 1.4% drop in the older Internet Explorer 8 release to 33.1%. This trend also hit all of Microsoft’s other browsers, with IE6 falling to 10.9% and Internet Explorer 7 landing at 7.4%.

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Gaffney said,

Usage in UK probably comes entirely from London, who are uptight and act like their better than everyone else because they paid £1500 for a apple laptop.

that's why i hate london, cause everyone in that city is a dbag apparently

Byron_Hinson said,

Don't forget Cambridge too - we're all uptight and upper class for paying much less than £1000 for our apple laptops.

This. +1

Byron_Hinson said,

Don't forget Cambridge too - we're all uptight and upper class for paying much less than £1000 for our apple laptops.

Very good, you present further insight into your Mac fetishes. In the USA we call it being cool and trendy, but it is a class system none the less.

At least I understand where you are coming from a bit better, and no longer just assume you are a tool of Apple's marketing, which reminds me of watching a Derren Brown presentation more than a product launch.

eliokh said,
No one beats firefox...
no one maybe yes. but as I last checked google chrome isn't really alive..

Plus, Chrome is included with almost any free software you install off the net. At which case it probably also sets it as someones default browser.

warwagon said,
Plus, Chrome is included with almost any free software you install off the net. At which case it probably also sets it as someones default browser.

I've yet to come across any. Curious though, which programs?

Panda X said,

I've yet to come across any. Curious though, which programs?

ccleaner, defraggler, I think maybe imgburn, bunch of freeware. A large percentage of the stuff on filehippo.

Panda X said,

I've yet to come across any. Curious though, which programs?

Skype, Avast Antivirus. That's alot of penetrating power.

Sadelwo said,
Skype, Avast Antivirus. That's alot of penetrating power.

This is why I do not use these products. I should be able to choose my browser independently. Don't install it as a part of the base install for a free utility because "I might want it".

All these companies are doing is adding another attack vector to my PC.
No thank you.

Maybe if I stopped using IE, FF and Opera on one PC I'd have a reduced infectible surface area. But no thanks utility providers and information hoarders.

Ye Chrome is a bugger, I found my Mum's PC (and she's pretty good) had it on, AND it had taken over all file-associations related to anything html, AND didn't restore associations when I uninstalled the damn thing.
If you have a google toolbar or Google earth, the google updater will just automatically install the rest of the ****. ****es me off.

cleverclogs said,
Ye Chrome is a bugger, I found my Mum's PC (and she's pretty good) had it on, AND it had taken over all file-associations related to anything html, AND didn't restore associations when I uninstalled the damn thing.
If you have a google toolbar or Google earth, the google updater will just automatically install the rest of the ****. ****es me off.

Partially why I despise ANYTHING Google related! That percent for Chrome will NEVER rise because of me using it. Firefox is right behind it, in that category too.

Back to Firefox (from Chrome): fantastic integration into Unity.
Opera, occasionally.
Internet Explorer is not a Web Browser, PLEASE!!!

It would be nice if they differentiated between desktop/laptop and embedded devices like phones and tablets. What is Microsoft's share on the desktop/laptop versus other devices? how much of Safari's market share due to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch devices and nothing to do with desktop/laptops running it? the statistics really don't show much into the numbers make up. Oh, and lets remember too that Windows Phone 7's reporting itself as an older version of Internet Explorer until Mango is released as well hence the numbers aren't particularly accurate.

At the end of the day does it all really matter given that a browser is merely a means to an end rather than an end in and of itself. Microsoft creates a browser but I think people ignore the fact that the more important side of the equation is the service itself - whether you access it via Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome, Microsoft doesn't care as long as you pay the monthly bill and use their service.

Botton line, IE9 is definately strong enough to let Microsoft hold where they are at, instead of the massive decline they were facing, as even performance hungry and technical savy people are once again picking it up for occasional use.

In terms of the IE9 rewrite, the laying and the concepts introduced of treating all web data and concent more like code and shoving it closer to compiled code even without the GPU acceleration aspects is smart and a first step that will be built upon and refined in IE10 and later versions.

As the web does move to more dynamic graphical RIA content, IE9 as it stands now will garner the attention of users that previous might have ran from it, as even an older netbook with IE9 can outpeform Chrome on a high end Core i7 system because of the GPU hardware acceleration and the async and threading model used in IE9 that is perfect for fetching, compiling, understanding, rendering, displaying, interacting with content.

So a few jumps here and there is all good for everyone, and no one is running away with the market, which is keeping Google and Apple a bit on edge, as they still don't have a way to get the GPU acceleration concepts into Webkit2 in a way that equates to a large performance gain. Even FireFox with their Direct2D rendering is a step in the right direction, but still falls far short of IE9's GPU accelertion.

So good for everyone, and better browsers to come? I say heck ya...

Could this be because of the holidays? means less people browsing from work etc. I would say chekcing usage on a monthly basis is a bad idea.

Where is Internet Explorer 9? Have you seen it?

You'll have to look real hard to find IE9 in NetApplications April browser user share data. IE9 doesn't even make NetApp's browser-version breakdown chart for all operating systems, although its usage share was 2.41 percent. By comparison, Firefox 4.0, which launched 7 days later, snatched 5.43 percent usage share. Both browsers debuted in March.
The kicker: Windows 7. Microsoft only released IE9 for that operating system and Windows Vista. By comparison, Firefox 4 runs on XP, which is still the majority of the Windows install base. Whoops, Firefox 4 has higher usage share there, too -- 8.40 percent to IE9's 7.46 percent. But don't cry for Microsoft. IE8 has 47.54 percent usage share.
Still, NetApps data isn't good for IE9. Chrome 10 also launched in March, and its Windows 7 usage share is 14.75 percent, making it second to IE8. From the all-OS viewpoint, Chrome 10 has 9.91 percent usage share, or about four times IE9's....

http://www.betanews.com/joewil...Have-you-seen-it/1304382355

I think Chrome market share will continue to increase. I don't get why it took Microsoft 3 versions to get the right sort of compatibility with the latest standards we find in other browsers, and to get the browser UI right.

i only use Chrome and Firefox, when i get annoyed with the one i switch to the other, this happens all the time, i tried Opera, Maxthon, Safari, Sleipnir and probably every alternative out there, but Firefox and Chrome are the only ones that have the features i need trough add-ons

as the saying goes "the others aint my cup of tea"

i want IE to reach the level of Opera, even lower, because every browser is better than IE, and im happy to see IE going down, it has so much share, because its bundled with Windows and some people dont even care or know, or are just too lazy to do something about it. the first thing i do when i install/reinstall Windows is to download a new browser (Firefox or Chrome, depending on my mood)

Chrome > Maxthon 3 > Firefox 4 > IE9 > Opera > Safari.
(best to worst)

the only reason safari is up is thanks to the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. It's a horrible browser though. Never touching it again on any of my PC's.

IE9 is a total s*it. M$ is not even capable to provide an installer for it, the web is full of people complaining about the cr*ppy installer hosing machines, reporting conflict with any common software, offering pages over pages of possible errors and "solution".
I've tried for 3 days to install IE9 on an otherwise perfectly working machine, all original software, all up to date, letting apart the FACT I've installed Opera, Chrome and FF in 5 minutes on the same machines while that s*it of IE9 was crawling hopelessly in background just to fail installing for the 100th time!
Would you trust a development team that IS NOT EVEN CAPABLE OF PROVIDING AN INSTALLER?
I no longer trust them, so after 3 lost working days I've removed that cr*p of IE9 from Windows update and I'LL NO LONGER USE ANY M$ BROWSER and I'll RECOMMEND TO ANYONE TO NOT EVEN TOUCH WITH A STICK THAT S*IT THAT IE9 IS!

Reading my post in a more calm state of mind, I can say: I WAS TOO KIND WITH M$ AND ITS HORRIBLE BROWSER IE!

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