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Internet Explorer’s market share has dropped below 60%

Posted By Adrian On May 5, 2010 @ 6:20 PM In General Tech,Tips 'n Tricks | 33 Comments

According to Net Applications [1], an authority on Internet browser usage statistics, Internet Explorer (all the versions added together) is continually losing market share, and has finally dropped below 60%:

[2]

Meanwhile, as you can see from the graph, Firefox’s market share is at 24.59%, Opera and 2.3%, and Chrome at 6.73%. Chrome had the largest increase in market share at a increase from 2.4% only last year. This chart [3] gives a better idea about the browse usage trend over the years:

[4]

It is interesting to note that other sources, such as W3Counter [5], say Internet Explorer market share is even lower than the 59% stated by Net Applications:

[6]

Further it is even more interesting to note that Firefox has already surpassed Internet Explorer as the most popular browser used by dotTechies (50% vs 30% roughly).

Of course no one knows exactly why Internet Explorer is losing market share (it is impossible to know exactly), but chances are it is because

  • Other browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome, are offering enhanced features via extensions/addons. Internet Explorer also supports addons, but not to the extent of Firefox and Chrome.
  • Other browsers are boasting better speeds.
  • Awareness among users is being raised to the fact that Internet Explorer is not the only browser out there. Internet Explorer has a really bad reputation (particularly thanks to Internet Explorer 6) so when users find out about other browsers, many make the move.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter.


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[1] According to Net Applications: http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=0&qpcal=1&qptimeframe=Q&qpsp=45

[2] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2010-05-05_023645.png

[3] This chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Usage_share_of_web_browsers_%28Source_Net_Applications%29.svg

[4] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2010-05-05_025049.png

[5] W3Counter: http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php

[6] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2010-05-05_025633.png

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