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StatCounter: Internet Explorer share drops below 50 percent

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 05 Oct 2010 13:41 User comments (10)

StatCounter: Internet Explorer share drops below 50 percent According to market researcher StatCounter, Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has dropped below 50 percent market share for the first time in many years. The figures showed that Internet Explorer's share had fallen to 49.87 percent in September, compared to 51.4 percent in August and 58.4 percent a year ago.
Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser followed IE with 31.5 percent of the market, up from 30.09 percent. Google's Chrome browser increased its share to 11.54 percent, which is more than three times its share from September 2009. "This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter.

"Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%." The firm suspects that a deal between Microsoft and the European Union to reach a settlement in an anti-trust lawsuit which saw Microsoft's Update service push out a "Browser Choice" application to millions of Windows users may have been the blow that knocked Internet Explorer below 50 percent.

In Europe, Internet Explorer claims a 40.26 percent share of the market, down from 46.44 percent last year. Competition for dominance in the browser market has lead to much more choice for Internet users, and has pushed vendors to focus on speed, security and stability. Even Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 betas have impressed reviewers for its improvements over IE8 in terms of speed.

Of course, StatCounter is only one firm that tracks browser usage, and just last week, Net Applications credited IE with a 59.7 percent share during September. Nevertheless, the downward trend for Internet Explorer is clearly continuing, while Firefox and Chrome continue to consume more of the pie.

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15.10.2010 14:08
davidike
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id expect this to drop further with Microsoft's internet explorer 9, that has blacklisted XP & is trying to force ppl to update their working already operating system.

IE is pro advertisers anti end user.

firefox with adblockplus, noscript, betterprivacy, googlesharing, https everywhere, skipscreen, etc is the dogs........

25.10.2010 14:34

I have been using all the browsers, I have Opera, Chrome(two builds), IE, Safari, and Firefox (two builds).

The point here, the web presence has fragmented and you need varying browsers depending on what you are looking at. In addition I have different browsers configured in different ways depending on where I am going on the Net and what intend to do.

35.10.2010 15:44

Originally posted by davidike:
id expect this to drop further with Microsoft's internet explorer 9, that has blacklisted XP & is trying to force ppl to update their working already operating system.

IE is pro advertisers anti end user.

firefox with adblockplus, noscript, betterprivacy, googlesharing, https everywhere, skipscreen, etc is the dogs........
Yeah I know that they want people to upgrade but its a pretty dumb move. I know a lot of you agree because XP is very old but so people act as if everyone has money to go and buy a new system or a $150 product. You shouldn't force people to upgrade.


45.10.2010 16:11

Originally posted by davidike:
id expect this to drop further with Microsoft's internet explorer 9, that has blacklisted XP & is trying to force ppl to update their working already operating system.

IE is pro advertisers anti end user.
Just because IE doesn't have an ad-blocking extension doesn't mean it's "anti end user". Also, since IE 9 is the most web-standards compliant IE ever released it might cause an increase in usage once it officially is released. Only time will tell, however.

As for them "forcing" users to switch to a new OS, Microsoft is a for profit company. Obviously they are going to encourage users to buy their newest product. Apple is the exact same way.

Regarding Windows 7, Microsoft has been actively promoting it since before it's release. They've also offer upgrade packs that are pretty good priced, such as this package. It's 3 licenses for $150.

XP is close to ten years old. Do you think Microsoft should have still supported Windows 95 after XP was released?
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55.10.2010 19:38

havent used ie in about a year.it will have to be pretty damn special to get me using it again.

65.10.2010 20:05

Also, since IE 9 is the most web-standards compliant IE ever released

yeah.. for IE .. and not because they wanted to... believe.. and it's STILL not fully standards compliant.. unlike all the open source ones eh?

Theres no need whatsoever to upgrade to this pile of steaming crap.. no need at all.. you can change the browser id with the open source ones if you just MUST have the weekly M$ DRM updates.. hahahahaha




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76.10.2010 15:37

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Originally posted by davidike:
XP is close to ten years old. Do you think Microsoft should have still supported Windows 95 after XP was released?
That is analogous to saying that a car maker need not support last years model. XP will have a significant presence for perhaps another decade, maybe more. And if people want it and Mozilla together, Microsoft would be exhibiting good business strategy to support the two. Think about it.

86.10.2010 18:26

Originally posted by Blessedon:
That is analogous to saying that a car maker need not support last years model. XP will have a significant presence for perhaps another decade, maybe more. Think about it.
I never said Microsoft is completely stopping support for XP; they are going to continue to provide support and patches for the OS until 2014. At that time XP will be 13.5 years old.

While there isn't much in common with an OS and cars, if you want to compare it to a car, a security patch on a OS is most similar to a recall on a car. It fixes major problems, some of which are found on decade-old cars, at no cost to the user.

Also, this article is about IE. Microsoft isn't required to build an XP-compatible IE9. It would be nice but isn't necessary. Windows 7 is an excellent OS and can be legally-obtained for as low as $44.50.

Originally posted by Blessedon:
And if people want it and Mozilla together, Microsoft would be exhibiting good business strategy to support the two.
Firefox 3 (and probably 4) work perfectly fine on XP. Also, what does this have to do with IE, which is what the article is concerning?

96.10.2010 19:02

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Windows 7 is an excellent OS and can be legally-obtained for as low as $44.50.
Windows 7 is an excellent OS; I own it.
It is exceptionally disingenuous of you to use the family pack price for your example; The single unit is $100 and outsells it at retail...what, 30 to 1, or so? Perhaps you have the figures.
Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Firefox 3 (and probably 4) work perfectly fine on XP. Also, what does this have to do with IE, which is what the article is concerning?
Agree with you on the Firefox part; I was tying in a previous comment by another poster.
It has to do with IE because of it's struggle to retain market share. Cross-platforming IE9 into XP would have been more than nice, it would have been Strategic.

106.10.2010 20:17

Originally posted by Blessedon:
It is exceptionally disingenuous of you to use the family pack price for your example; The single unit is $100 and outsells it at retail...what, 30 to 1, or so? Perhaps you have the figures.
I don't have any sales figures but I used the family pack because if someone already has XP there is no reason to spend three-times the amount of money and buy a "retail upgrade" version. The family three-pack is the exact same product for much cheaper.

I pointed out the upgrade pack because people are complaining that IE 9 isn't XP compatible. I wanted to point out that it costs less than $45 to legally upgrade from XP to Windows 7, no one is required to pay $179 or $112 to upgrade from XP.

I wonder how many purchasers of the retail Windows 7 are using it to simply upgrade their existing XP machine. Chances are good it's a decent amount of people that don't know any better.

Originally posted by Blessedon:
Windows 7 is an excellent OS; I own it.
I also have Windows 7 on my laptop and I enjoy it as well. I found it a nice upgrade from XP.

Back on the topic: I wonder how far IE's global share would drop if the U.S. also had the "Browser Choice" application.
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