Internet Explorer's global market share drops below 50 percent

Internet Explorer may not be everyone's favorite browser of choice, but Microsoft may be disheartened to hear that Microsoft's once-great browser is in further decline. Internet Explorer's global share of the market (Mobile and desktop browsing) has dropped below 50 percent for the first time. This latest data comes from information received last month. The data comes courtesy of Net Applications and Ars Technica. The pie charts of last month's desktop browser market share and combined market share are contained below.

 


Images and data courtesy of: Ars Technica and Net Applications


As shown in the chart above, Internet Explorer still retains 52.63 percent of the market share in desktop browsing. This is still significant, due to the fact that Internet Explorer is pretty much non-existent in the mobile sector, unless you use Windows Phone or Windows Mobile. Microsoft's browser obtained a majority share in the late 1990s and reached a peak of 95 percent market share in 2004. Ever since then, the browser has been on the decline.

Microsoft has continually tried to revamp the browser since Internet Explorer 7, yet every time they continue to lose market share. Part of the problem seems to be that they cannot push out new features as quickly as Google or Mozilla can. Based on the latest data, Google Chrome seems to be the browser snatching market share from Microsoft, Firefox's share remained flat in October.

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Joey S said,
IE is way lower than 49%.
http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp (22.9 %)
https://secure.wikimedia.org/w...n/wiki/Browser_market_share (38.9%)

And even most of that is businesses, not individual users. As people get more net savvy, they will defect even faster.

Get more net savvy = what?

Move to Chrome, Firefox, or Opera and lose 500x the HTML5 graphical performance IE9 holds over them?

Move to Firefox or Opera and lose the NT security sandbox and brokered locks?
*BTW Account for the majority of malware entry on Windows 7, especially running JAVA.

So by 'net savvy' you mean, they choose to lose performance, security, and stability?

Wow, I'm glad my computer science degree doesn't require me to be 'net savvy'.

*Ignorance is a choice to 'ignore' information and facts*

Is it possible that settings from Firefox (passwords etc) can be transferred to chrome and my plugins etc. Silly maybe but is it possible. To try chrome I would miss things as last time I looked at chrome it didn't seem finished, ready, a lot of features missing.

NinjaGinger said,
Is it possible that settings from Firefox (passwords etc) can be transferred to chrome and my plugins etc. Silly maybe but is it possible. To try chrome I would miss things as last time I looked at chrome it didn't seem finished, ready, a lot of features missing.

I have Chrome installed because it actually has a built-in version of Flash Player (which means I don't have to keep the AX control/plug-in updated, as I do IE/FF/WF) and due to sites that have issues with the other browsers. However, I ran into a Facebook-based (social) game that only works in *Opera* - not IE, not Firefox, not Waterfox (x64-native version of FF 7.0) and not Chrome. For that reason (it's a good game otherwise) I have my sixth browser, and I normally prefer x64 browsers, and IE9 x64 in particular, for performance reasons. Hence my complaint of favoritism (not just anti-IE, but even pro-IE in some different cases). I actually think that some site developers are aiming for *browser Balkanization*.

I love Chrome, for now is good, the only problem used to be pandora, the google sync works flawless between my desktop and laptop, bookmarks, passwords, extensions, apps, i used to reinstall windows, once every year, and installing freaking plugins in Firefox was kinda painful. Also some older plugins doesn't work with new versions of FF, so... sometimes you just have to go back to an earlier version of FF.
Used to like FF, but t started to ate all my memory, taking minutes to load. Chrome works fast and with.

IE 9 it's fast and robust. I use it like 2 times at week.

I guess I'm one of those moron users... I use IE9 exclusively. It works perfectly, it's fast, and *checks* nope, no malware.

s3n4te said,
IE9 for life!

Useless fanboy comment of the day. I would never say that about anything. That would be extremely foolish of me. I would just move on to the next best thing.

You remind of that ***** who tattooed himself with the Zune Logo. Did you tattoo yourself with a blue E?

I use IE9 with no problem, I also use Firefox every once in a while. The only thing I don't like about IE9 is the download manager and the fact that there are no good plugins like in Firefox to download flash videos

well i guess ie's just for those ppl who want to browse and dont care about custimization and since ie 9 is simple fast and gets the job done i prefer it. id use chrome but its design and tabs look overall like some kiddy applicaiton

fenderMarky said,
Share in going down because IE9 doesn't support xp... google and mozilla prefer to support unsafe os. Good for them...

I thought Windows 7 surpassed Windows XP?

All you anti-ie zelots. Seriously, you're calling people dumb for using IE. Because you're so smart, right? With all that FUD floating in your hipster heads. I like how you all have these add-ons to sync passwords... sure, because that's not infallible is it? Do you realise that on a Windows system you too can have favourites synced - just use Live Mesh, yes, it requires an additional program, but then Live Mesh can do a heckuvalot more anyway that you'll probably use.
I really think you should actually try using IE now rather than just basing all this FUD on past experiences from using an ancient version. Try opening your eyes, forget all this **** about add-ons being required. Just use ie9 and see that this fast, stable browser doesn't get in the way of anything and ultimately has more security than Firefox or Chrome.

cleverclogs said,
All you anti-ie zelots. Seriously, you're calling people dumb for using IE. Because you're so smart, right? With all that FUD floating in your hipster heads. I like how you all have these add-ons to sync passwords... sure, because that's not infallible is it? Do you realise that on a Windows system you too can have favourites synced - just use Live Mesh, yes, it requires an additional program, but then Live Mesh can do a heckuvalot more anyway that you'll probably use.
I really think you should actually try using IE now rather than just basing all this FUD on past experiences from using an ancient version. Try opening your eyes, forget all this **** about add-ons being required. Just use ie9 and see that this fast, stable browser doesn't get in the way of anything and ultimately has more security than Firefox or Chrome.

Sure install Live Mesh. Except if you're on a corporate environment where a typical user has no admin rights. Fortunately there is a portable version of Chrome and Firefox that doesn't require admin rights.

People like me love their add-ons in Firefox or the speed of Chrome. It's difficult to convince people to come back to IE.

Microsoft can compete with FF and Chrome at any time by allowing for a better install base (extensions) and addons in a way that isn't painless. Also, IE9 pops up with a, disable addons to speed things up, well, that just made a lot of people scratch their heads.

Let's see, even with a small degree in statistics...

IE9 is not available on WinXP that consists of 3/4 of the Windows Marketshare, where users are being encouraged to move to a browser that has HTML5 features.

Hmm... I wonder if IE's marketshare might drop.

OMG, simple math is magical, the marketshare drop prediction actually happened. Maybe math and statistics come from psychics?


Really?

thenetavenger said,
Let's see, even with a small degree in statistics...

IE9 is not available on WinXP that consists of 3/4 of the Windows Marketshare, where users are being encouraged to move to a browser that has HTML5 features.

Hmm... I wonder if IE's marketshare might drop.

OMG, simple math is magical, the marketshare drop prediction actually happened. Maybe math and statistics come from psychics?


Really?

What has it to do with IE9 not available on XP ? If it were, you think XP users would install IE9 in doves ? no. XP has IE6,7,8 , yet, users run away from IE like from a plague.

alexalex said,

What has it to do with IE9 not available on XP ? If it were, you think XP users would install IE9 in doves ? no. XP has IE6,7,8 , yet, users run away from IE like from a plague.


You wish.

Why people bitch too much about Internet Explorer? I use all of them (Safari, Chrome, IE, FF, Opera) because I need to be sure Web sites are displayed correctly in all....

And do you know what? Even though IE is not a standardized browser (which sucks when developing Events and some DOM in JavaScript), at least works. Instead, Opera (For Example), which is my fav. browser, can't render all pages correctly missing lots and lots of JavaScript (And I see that daily) from being processed.

While I personally use IE8 on XP and IE9 on later OSes, dropping XP support for IE9 was certainly a further boost to IE's downfall.

xpclient said,
While I personally use IE8 on XP and IE9 on later OSes, dropping XP support for IE9 was certainly a further boost to IE's downfall.

Me too.

When in MacOS, I use Safari. In Ubuntu, I use Firefox. I don't like Google Chrome because of several issues such as: (1) Install to User Data folder (Windows), (2) Install a service to automatically update, (3) Invade privacy.

If someone still wants Chrome, I recommend Srware Iron (built from Chromium). You can customize the way you want, supporting Wins, Mac and Linux.

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