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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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!

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Safari is nowhere over 4% in worldwide usage. It's popular in USA only. Just like Opera in CIS only.

coth said,
Safari is nowhere over 4% in worldwide usage. It's popular in USA only. Just like Opera in CIS only.

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.

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.

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

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.

Byron_Hinson said,
Nothing seems to be able to get me away from Safari and I'm not even sure why!

Same here, there is nothing better in the mac platform than Safari.

Byron_Hinson said,
Nothing seems to be able to get me away from Safari and I'm not even sure why!

I always found it odd that you would create an article, then immediately need to back up your article with your own comment backing up the article you wrote as if you feel you need to justify it.

Safari, BTW, is the reason I will no longer use my Mac mini. It made my experience with Apple even that much more worse.

nohone said,

I always found it odd that you would create an article, then immediately need to back up your article with your own comment backing up the article you wrote as if you feel you need to justify it.

Safari, BTW, is the reason I will no longer use my Mac mini. It made my experience with Apple even that much more worse.

then just use another browser...

rajputwarrior said,

then just use another browser...

"It made my experience with Apple even that much more worse."

Meaning I thought the Appple experience was not too great, got even worse with Snow Leopard, but the browser that is supposed to be great (Byron treats it as a fetish) was the final straw. People complain that even though they use an alt browser on Windows, the OS will sometimes display pages in IE, the same happens on Mac - they ignore the default browser at times if it is not Safari.

Byron_Hinson said,
Nothing seems to be able to get me away from Safari and I'm not even sure why!

It's hard to get away from (on windows at least) when Apple sneaks it onto your system unless you happen to notice it and un-check it while updating iTunes and Quicktime

nohone said,

I always found it odd that you would create an article, then immediately need to back up your article with your own comment backing up the article you wrote as if you feel you need to justify it.

Safari, BTW, is the reason I will no longer use my Mac mini. It made my experience with Apple even that much more worse.

Actually, I run Firefox in OS X (both SL and Lion) - I loathe Safari that much.

Byron_Hinson said,
Nothing seems to be able to get me away from Safari and I'm not even sure why!

Let me help you with this conudrum...

1) You are a Mac user and still believe that things are 'magical' and probably still want a pet unicorn.

2) See #1 - on OS X for usability that conforms to OS X's UI model it is the hands down favorite for ease, and it 'just fits'.

3) You don't care about security, as Safari, especially on OS X is the mose insecure browser. Although, it is also true that Google DOES NOT tout the security of Chrome on OS X either, as they only defend Chrome's security with the (*) disclaimer that it only applies to Chrome running on Windows7 64bit.
(On OS X they can't do the same security and sandbox features that they can on Windows 7, which is also true of Chrome on Linux and Google's own Android/HoneyComb, so it isn't a knock to OS X directly, just a reflection of the aged security model that is common between the UNIX models that are used.)

4) Finally, you haven't been forced to use Safari on Windows, as it brings back memories of when software bugs and crashes were common. Apple really is bad at Windows software, we still trace so many user problems and crash to iTunes and QuickTime on PCs, I personally think Microsoft should flag it as malware.

Why are you writing articles about Browsers and marketshare, without any background research on the data you are basing your article on? Especially when you are a Mac user, which is a tiny segment of the population?

If you look at the data beyond the base numbers, and even apply your own consideration of how Safari iOS added to the marketshare, you can cross reference the surge in Android phones on the market, where a lot of the users set the browser (and some carriers) to appear as the desktop version of Chrome, you can strip away the Chrome on the desktop gains and see where IE9 actually gained on the desktop. However when you mix the Android Chrome numbers into the desktop numbers, it makes it look like IE9 and FF dropped, and Chrome gained, which it did, but primarily on phones..

If I am wrong, i would welcome you following up on the Chrome/Android numbers and showing how they have no correlation to the Chrome 'desktop' gains. I like seeing someone do research, even if it proves me wrong.

thealexweb said,
Well Firefox won me back with the launch of FF4

Yeah, Firefox has been my overall browser of choice since a little prior to v1.0 and i doubt ill be switching anytime soon as it's features and overall smoothness make it the overall best if you ask me.

but with Chrome's popularity it's no surprise IE is taking a even further hit in market share.

as at this point 'The Big 3' are... IE9/Firefox 4/Chrome.