I.E. Usage Drops Below 60%, Firefox & Chrome Continue To Gain Marketshare

In what appears to be a continuing slide, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose market share falling below 60% for the first time. Firefox gained a small share with an increase from 24.52% in March to 24.59% in April. But the browser that stole most of the gain from I.E. was Chrome that increased from 6.13% in March to 6.73% in April. Using these figures it seems that 3 of 5 web connections are from users of I.E.

Here are the results from April of browser usage:

There is one thing for sure. Microsoft will need to have Internet Explorer 9 be a knock your socks off experience to keep their market-share from sliding further. From the chart above it appears that Firefox is holding steady, but that Google’s Chrome browser is starting to pick up more users.

But is I.E. losing market-share because the other browsers are better or because of the fact that consumers now have more of a choice?

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  • Dick

    Market share might have more meaning for Microsoft if they were actually selling IE. Market means selling. Like a farmers market. They hand me a pumpkin, I hand them money.

    I’m a little bored with the detailed analysis of each browser. If a browser is 1/2 second faster opening a web page I’m supposed to jump ship from my current browser or I’m a Luddite. Forget the fact that I have over 200 bookmarks arranged so that I don’t even have to look to find one. Or the spell check that is keeping me from looking like a putz even as I type this. Or more importantly, the location of all the controls is exactly where I know they are. So if I change browsers, I can spend 10 seconds looking for a control to save 1/2 second opening a web page? Silly rabbits.

    More interesting to me is why Firefox looks like crap on any version of Linux, and looks great on any version of Windows. Anybody got an answer for that? Also, I have no interest in working for 20 minutes in Linux getting it to look barely “Not Crappy”.

    If MS can make IE9 more functional than Firefox, that would be a big leap. I mean everyday functional, like how much extra mousing, keyboarding, and eyeballing it takes to get stuff I do everyday done.

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