SOFTWARE FLOGGER Microsoft has seen its Internet Explorer use fall below 50 per cent of global marketshare as Chrome has continued to rise.
Research published by Statcounter indicates that the Vole's once ubiquitous web browser, what we like to fondly call Internet Exploder, has taken a massive tumble. The findings suggest that web surfers' use of Microsoft's flagship browser has dropped to 49.87 per cent. Firefox comes in second place with 31.5 per cent, while the use of Google's Chrome web browser has tripled. Chrome has gone from 3.69 per cent this time last year up to 11.54 per cent lately.
"This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. "Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67 [per cent]."
The Vole had better hope that the use of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) beta follows the promise of its reportedly - by Microsoft - high download rate. The INQUIRER reported at the end of September that Microsoft was all in a lather because it claimed to have hit two million downloads of its IE9 beta within just a couple of weeks.
If Microsoft can convert those downloads into users when IE9 comes out, that will boost numbers. However, it will need a lot more than two million to be anything more than a raindrop in the ocean of global web browser use.
Statcounter claimed that use of Microsoft's Internet Explorer plummeted because the European Commission forced the company to offer a choice of alternative browser with its Windows operating system.
The INQUIRER reported in March that the Vole was legally bound to advertise other web browsers and Statcounter's results seem to reflect this, as well as the fact that apparently people in Europe, when given a choice, make some good choices.
In Europe, Internet Explorer's market share fell from 46.44 per cent to 40.26 per cent, but it seems that US web surfers are somewhat less discerning, because IE's market share remained at 52 per cent in the US. µ
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