Internet Explorer has less than 50% of the market
Internet Explorer has less than 50% of the market
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

While most surveys have indicated that IE is gaining market share, the latest suggests the reverse. The question is why? Is it just that the opposition is too strong?

 

Banner

Despite Microsoft rushing IE 9 out in beta to capture some additional market share it looks as if IE is still on the decline. Data from StatCounter reveals that IE only has 49.87% of the market - that's around 50% to most numerate techies. Firefox has around 31% with 12% using Chrome.

Given that IE's market share was 67% just two years ago this looks like a real change. Of course you have to take into account the fact that there is more choice now. It is a standard marketing technique to introduce new brands simply to reduce your opponent's market share - even though there is no suggestion that the introduction of new browsers is orchestrated, additional choices reduce everyone's share.

IE9

Another interesting factor is inertia. Users who find IE on their machines tend not to bother to change even though the alternatives are free. In Europe Microsoft has been forced to give Windows users an initial choice of browser and indeed IE use has dropped to around 40%.

Microsoft's attempts to increase its market share by releasing IE 9 beta might not be working as well as they might for the simple reason that it doesn't run on XP. Recent data indicates that 50% of Windows users are still running XP and hence can't upgrade to IE9, not so with Chrome and FireFox. If things continue in this way Microsoft may have to think again and release a version that does work on XP.

 

Banner


Get Ready for Expanded Pwn2Own 2017
19/01/2017

This year's Pwn2Own hacking contest will be the 10th anniversary edition and the first to be entirely run by Trend Micro. It will feature more targets and more prize money for security researchers who [ ... ]



Micro:bit Coming Soon to USA
23/12/2016

Adafruit has posted a notice reminding its customers that the micro:bit will soon be available, inviting people to sign up to be notified when they are available. If you can't wait, UK-based Tech Will [ ... ]


More News

<ASIN:1430228539>

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 )
 
 

   
Banner
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2017 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.
Banner