IT IS LOOKING LIKE Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which once held the world in its iron grip, is slowly dying.
The Vole's share of web browser use has dropped to an historic low below 60 per cent for the first time since Internet Exploder 4 passed Netscape in 1999.
According to beancounters at Net Applications, IE held 59.95 per cent share of its observed traffic. About 30 months ago it had 80 per cent of the market and the world was its lobster.
Mozilla's open source Firefox has nibbled away to claim a quarter of the market with the rest being taken up by Google's Chrome, at 6.7 per cent and Apple's Safari at 4.72 per cent. Opera now has 2.3 per cent.
Despite a lack of mourning in the IT community for IE, it is not likely to be disappearing off the pages of history any time soon. Even if it keeps losing market share at the present rate it will take another seven years to die off completely. µ
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