Firefox continues to swallow IE's market share

By on September 1, 2009, 3:33 PM
Over the years, Mozilla Firefox has steadily chipped away at Internet Explorer's market share. Last month, Microsoft's browser lost its greatest slice of the pie since November 2008 -- and Firefox ate most of it. Internet Explorer's share dropped 1.1% to 66.6% during August, and slipped 8.6% in the last 12 months. All the while, Firefox's cut grew .8% to 23.8% in August.

Within the ranks of Internet Explorer, IE6 lost 2.4%, slipping to 24.8%, IE7 dropped 1.9% to 21.2%, and IE8 rose 2.7%, claiming 15.2% of the browser's total share. Apple's Safari gained slightly, up to 4.1%, Google's Chrome saw a .3% rise to 2.9%, and Opera grew .1% to 2.1%. These figures may change significantly in the months to come, though.

Following a suit in the EU, Microsoft has proposed to include a "ballot screen" with its upcoming operating system, Windows 7. Slated for an October 22 launch, European versions of Windows 7 will prompt users with a list of major web browsers. The ballot will contain the top five web browsers, and market share will determine their position on the list.

In addition, Google recently landed a deal with Sony which will have Chrome pre-installed on Vaio-branded laptops sold in the US. Where do you think the shares will stand a year from now?

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EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

I installed Firefox on a whole bunch of computers this past month, I wonder if I contributed to that

Guest said:

I would like to see schools & government institutions mandate that any/all browsers used are fully compliant to open web standards.

Try the following acid3 test on IE and compare the results to Firefox/Chrome/Safari/Opera. IE 8 is certainly better than IE6/7, but still fails miserably.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have a lot of friends jumping on the Chrome bandwagon. It's still too basic for my tastes. Been a Firefox user for 2-3 years now. As far as what the percentage shares will be a year from now? Idon't think it will be that dramatically different from what it is now. You still have a huge share of users that simply don't care and are perfectly happy with IE8. Also, large businesses and corporations use IE simply because it's packaged with the OS licensing agreement.

poundsmack said:

"Firefox continues to swallow IE's market share"

so thats what the kids are calling it these days... sorry, my mind went to an odd place while reading a tech headline.

Honestly I must have been giving the average user far to little credit. I deal with users on a daily basis that think the internet it that "e" logo on their desktop. I supose more users are becoming educated, or at least trying something new. I don't see firefox bundled to much on new pc's any more than it ever was, so this is kind of interesting to see this kind of adoption.

tengeta tengeta said:

And what do you know, people actually try Opera.

But seriously... its nice to see the percentages go up, especially since it wasn't the stupid Windows 7 ballot box in Europe that did it.

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