Firefox, Chrome, Safari, And Opera Become More Popular Than IE
What we talk about when we talk about browsers: the imminent demise of IE. But don't hold your breath -- reports of IE's demise have been greatly exaggerated. For every blissful migration to Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera, there are as many as 6 users clinging to IE. The statistics don't lie: IE's market share remains almost 70%
Now that's not to say there are no signs of erosion, even free fall, to Microsoft's dominance. "Almost 70%" disguises a 10% steep decline over the last year; from December 2007 to December 2008, IE's market share slumped from 78.58% to 68.15%
according to Net Applications.
To be sure, the aforementioned browsers-in-waiting are chipping away at Microsoft's lead with Firefox the front runner at 21.35% market share, Safari at 7.93%, Opera at 0.71%, and Johnny-come-lately Chrome at 1.04%. Even if these small cracks in the dominance doubled in size (collectively) they wouldn't catch the market leader -- though some argue there's no browser market to chase
. And the upcoming debuts of Opera 10 and IE 8 won't significantly alter the trajectory; even with the current rate of decline, IE won't slip into minority status for another 2 years (given the number of users clinging to IE6
, the rate may even slow).
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