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October Web browser market share: Firefox continues its fall, IE11 now on top

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Nov 2014 16:38 User comments (7)

October Web browser market share: Firefox continues its fall, IE11 now on top Every month, NetMarketshare releases their Web browser market share data and there is always something interesting to gain from the figures.
For October, a few notable milestones occurred. Internet Explorer, as it has been since the 1990s, stayed on top holding on to a large 58.49 percent share. Google's Chrome continued its slow and steady ascent, now up to 21.25 percent share and good for second place. Firefox, which has been losing followers daily for over two years, fell once again, with share now down below 14 percent for the first time since 2010.

Firefox's fall is notable as the market is quickly becoming a two-horse race. Chrome has always been the fastest and safest of the brand name browsers and it appears as more and more people buy Android devices, Chrome and its syncing ability is becoming more popular. Firefox on the other hand, has been losing fans ever since they decided to move away from large annual updates to nightly and more regular background updates, just like Chrome. The change was confusing, and Mozilla has not been great with advertising new or exciting features. Most of the time, it seems like the devs are playing catchup with Chrome or Safari.

Speaking of Safari, Apple's browser continued to be stagnant (at 5% share) as Mac sales are relatively stagnant, as well.

Check out the rest of the numbers here.

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7 user comments

11.11.2014 19:39

Anyone else find that green chunk of pie in the picture to be very depressing? (It's IE8 for those who can't read the lettering.)


21.11.2014 23:03

the IE 8 numbers are because in other country's where they can't afford high speed internet they are on dial up and cannot update to internet explorer 9 or even 11

32.11.2014 11:34

Originally posted by megadunderhead:
the IE 8 numbers are because in other country's where they can't afford high speed internet they are on dial up and cannot update to internet explorer 9 or even 11
Sadly, it's not just foreign countries. There are U.S. corporations that still use Windows 7 + IE8 for their employees.

44.11.2014 12:35

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by megadunderhead:
the IE 8 numbers are because in other country's where they can't afford high speed internet they are on dial up and cannot update to internet explorer 9 or even 11
Sadly, it's not just foreign countries. There are U.S. corporations that still use Windows 7 + IE8 for their employees.
Due to certain enterprise software that's either stuck in the dark ages, or those companies refuse to pay to upgrade. Working with some of these clients, they only use IE for those applications and usually have Google Chrome and/or Firefox installed for their regular web browsing.

54.11.2014 12:36

As for Firefox, they need to debloat the program. It uses way too much memory and often locks up.

64.11.2014 15:22

Perhaps if stupid end-users asked the pros what is best, IE wouldn't be as accepted.

As for the truth, IE-ANYTHING is popup laden. Crappy, untrustworthy browser....PERIOD. I try to ban from my network.

Firefox has proven time and time to be the FASTEST browser and Waterfox is even BETTER!

Chrome sucks! Too many sites that it doesn't play nice with. Brutal RAM hog and treats every tab as a separate instance (process) of Chrome running.

While I am exclusive (for the most part) to Waterfox (current version 32.0.3), Chrome is a notably better choice to IE.

715.11.2014 14:32

I stopped using Firefox a long time ago when they refused to fix that memory leak bug.

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