Chrome, IE market share creeps upward, Firefox losing ground

By Rick ยท 37 replies
May 1, 2012
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  1. According to data from analytics firm Net Applications, Internet Explorer may be making a slow come back after years of being on the decline. Although IE's market share only ticked...

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    So, since February IE is the only major browser to gain share while all of the others have declined. That's interesting.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    IE must be doing something right...
  4. is it safe to stop avoiding IE now? *feels war torn*
  5. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    Yeah, it comes with windows 7. Casual user will just grab what ever windows has. I prefer firefox, but i have ie,chrome and firefox on my quicklaunch.
  6. I'm a Firefox user. Chrome doesn't offer side tabs anymore, so I am forced to use Firefox. Not that I would switch to Chrome, I love Firefox and am happy with a couple other Firefox exclusive add-ons.
  7. ie user all the way. Tried all the rest extensively and came to the conclusion they don't offer me anything ie doesn't for my particular needs. Also never really had issues with ie like many seem to. Go figure.
  8. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 510   +152

    Uh... its not like its still IE6 people. IE runs fine. And since FF isn't floating people's boats anymore, inevitably some are going back to IE and finding it sufficient. The others are trying chrome. But yeah, IE last time I used it wasn't bad. Just so used to FF.
  9. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    And this clearly has nothing to do with FireFox knocking out a major release every other week? We're at FireFox 12 right now. Two months ago, we were only at FireFox 7. Give it six months and we'll be running FireFox 73.
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    Firefox is just super buggy for me now.

    I am NOT using internet explorer. It sucks for me as a user, and it pisses me off as a developer for IE to block half of the webpage.
  11. if any ppl behind firefox read this, then do it without thinking!

    do as the others, intergrate your browser into to everything. then the throne will be yours again. google did it, and now they are strong, but only becouse of their trojan horse trick!

    some few years ago, you could just click next all the way through an install. but today you have to be careful. becouse of all the intergrated stuff that google and the others put on.
  12. Firefox is the only one with a decent bookmarks sidebar, and thus it is the browser I will use.
  13. Carleton Wu

    Carleton Wu TS Rookie Posts: 19

    When Chrome (if?) gets a Bookmarks sidebar, Firefox is sooooooo gone. Until then, I will use both.
  14. Opera has a fabulous bookmarks sidebar.
    It actually has a sidebar for anything.
  15. It is amazing that Maxthon is still flying under the radar; it is a great browser!
  16. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    Does a side bookmark bar really matter that much? I see so many people complaining about not having a sidebar, but I dont get it.

    Chrome is the number one used browser on my system, but I also have IE and Firefox on my quick launch bar.
  17. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Only time I use IE is on a fresh installation of Windows, and it's because I'm going to Mozilla's site...
  18. igotdembombs

    igotdembombs TS Rookie Posts: 19

    More so, it is the default browser on Windows 8 and you cannot select another.
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Generally I tend to run software 'minimalistic' approach, i.e. install only what 'I can't live without'. So that kinda rule out most of the instabilities. Having said that, I regularly use IE9 + FF12 + FFx64 nightlies, without having a single crash for many years. I distinctly remember last time FF crashed on me was with FF4 Beta 4/5, never again. I suspect MS's implementation of SPDY (once implemented properly) should bring IE on par with Chrome.
  20. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Opera is my main browser, but I also have Firefox and IE open at the same time for different purposes (mainly other web email accounts). I tried Chrome but didn't like it, and I don't trust Google with my browsing data.
  21. Trying to pass off your opinion as popular opinion? It's unwise to believe everything you read in tech press articles... Firefox is still popular and popularity isn't everything anyway.
    It's alienated some, but Chrome are doing much the same thing - I disagree with the new Firefox release schedule, but that alone wouldn't force me to abandon Firefox. The good thing is that there is an ESR release which has longer term support. Some people like to conveniently ignore that...
    I'm glad you said "for me".

    Opera is a great browser - quite arguably better than Chrome and IE in every way, better than Firefox in many ways - but tiny "market share"... work it out.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    Which browser is the best for porn....? Cuz that's the one I'll go with.....!
  23. IE6
  24. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    FapFap.... FireFox i mean
    with NoScript ofc
  25. HafizNafes89

    HafizNafes89 TS Enthusiast Posts: 24   +9

    I totally agree been using maxthon for 2yrs and love the reliability and the dual view feature. It is my most used browser for my desktop computer, however I use chrome for the laptop and netbook.

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