Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Internet Explorer falls below 50 percent global marketshare, Chrome usage triples



By Tim Stevens  posted Oct 5th 2010 7:19AM
Oh, IE, it pains us to do this to you. You who once so mightily won in the battle against Netscape Navigator now seem to be losing your war against a battalion of upstarts, relatively fresh faces like Firefox and Chrome. According to StatCounter, IE's global usage stats have fallen to 49.87 percent, a fraction of a tick beneath half. Firefox makes up the lion share of the rest, at 31.5 percent, while Chrome usage tripled since last year, up to 11.54 percent. Two years ago IE had two thirds of the global market locked down, and even if Internet Explorer 9 is the best thing since ActiveX, well, we just don't see the tide of this battle turning without MS calling in some serious reinforcements.

Update: If you needed more proof of Chrome's increasing popularity, we got a tip on this report from Softpedia confirming that Chrome is the fastest growing browser of the moment. Firefox is more or less flat and, well, you know all about how IE is faring.

Press Release--
Microsoft's Internet Explorer Browser Falls Below 50% of Worldwide Market for First Time – StatCounter

BOSTON & DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time according to StatCounter. The company's research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that Microsoft IE fell to 49.87% in September followed by Firefox with 31.5%. Google's Chrome continues to increase market share at an impressive rate and has more than tripled from 3.69% in September 2009 to 11.54% in September this year.

"This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars"
"This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%."

He added that Microsoft's agreement with European Commission competition authorities to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March may have tipped IE below 50% globally.

In Europe, IE market share has fallen to 40.26% in September this year from 46.44% in September last year. In North America IE is still above 50% at 52.3% followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%.

The rise of Google Chrome in North America has also been impressive and in June it overtook Safari for the first time.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites. StatCounter, which provides free website traffic information, publishes browser stats in its StatCounter Global Stats, a free online research tool. It also monitors Internet market share battles including Search Engines, Social Media and Operating Systems including mobile.

For individual country analysis go to:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200909-201009

Further information on our analysis is available at:
http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

About StatCounter
StatCounter, a free online visitor stats tool, was founded in 1999. It offers its members the chance to grow and improve their online businesses by allowing them to monitor the number of hits to their website; the geographical location of visitors; the various pages a visitor views; keywords used to find the site plus other features. For information on this real-time, user-friendly, and free visitor stats tool, please visit www.statcounter.com.

42 comments:

  1. although i tried chrome for a while, i still prefer firefox.

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  2. I like chrome the best, but firefox has a lot of features chrome doesnt

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  3. There's a reason their market share has been plummeting :3

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  4. Well, having used most browsers, it's only right. Chrome is that much better.

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  5. internet explorer is so blasee, it's not popular for a reason.

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  6. as they say,
    "internet explorer is the best browser to download other browsers."

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  7. Nice~ Lots of nice information~

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  8. Finish him!

    Yah, this was a long time coming. Microsoft is extremely short sighted when it comes to their browser and it was about time for the average user to start seeing it.

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  9. still using firefox...
    but I think I'll try chrome soon too ;p

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  10. I am a firefox fan myself, but i do use chrome as a secondary browser just in case something is broken in firefox.

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  11. I'm one of the ones who switched to FF and chrome....poor IE

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  12. good follow up post to yesterday's

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  13. I wonder why? Oh yeah IE fucking sucks and is probably the most easily or readily exploited browser out there. FREE MARKET WORKS.

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  14. Im a firefox fan personally but IE is still the worst browser out hands down.

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  15. I don't like IE it's slow, Firefox Rocks!

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  16. Why do people still use IE? I don't get it

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  17. Finally, it took long enough to happen. Btw. I can back this up with my blog stats, IE is nearby dead on my site.

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  18. I still love it when the Mac fanboys say that Safari will beat Chrome.

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  19. not really suprising. IE should of expected it

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  20. google's going to take over the world!! lol i really like chrome to be honest though, its really fast and easy to use.

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  21. chrome has exploded but I dont see how its that great

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  22. Yep, Microsoft stuff is so damn disgusting :(

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  23. The only reason I use firefox instead of chrome is in chrome, you can't press alt+b and then "g" to get to the "Gmail" bookmark I made. It's standard in EVERY browser to have that. Why google didn't include it is beyond me.

    I asked on their forums or FAQ or whatever, and there is no way to get this util they include it in an update themselves.

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  24. IE is fine for the average user but obviously people that have a clue use different browsers /firefox master race reporting in

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  25. Thats what you get for having the worst product on the market

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  26. Surprised Firefox isn't higher, I guess quite a few people are reluctant to switch from IE.

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  27. Using chrome :) internet explorer is really slow, i hate it

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  28. hellll yeah.. IE was dead to me yeaaars ago

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  29. Wow, I saw this on another site. IE lost the battle a long time ago IMO. What I really really really hate about it is all these clicking sounds and default settings, and it is just a mess to deal with. Good that they are slipping. I never thought MS really cared anyway.

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  30. i haven't used IE in years, always gave me problems!

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