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Internet Explorer market share keeps slipping
To drop below 50 per cent in 2011

 1:27 pm on May 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

IE market share keeps slipping
To drop below 50 per cent in 2011

MICROSOFT'S WEB BROWSER market share continued to slide last month, despite the Vole's release of its latest incarnation of Internet Explorer in IE8.

Net Applications reported that IE had 66.1 per cent market share in April, down significantly from prior years when it dominated the web browser marketplace.

IE's losses are mostly to Firefox, which had 22.5 per cent market share. Apple's Safari had 8.2 per cent of the market and Google's Chrome trailed with 1.4 per cent. Opera and other browsers together apparently made up the remaining 0.8 per cent.

Firefox is projected to reach 25 per cent market share by the end of November, according to NetApp. It added that if the current rate of IE's decline in market share continues, it will fall below 50 per cent market share within about two years.

[theinquirer.net ]



 4:43 pm on May 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Considering that MS are reducing staffing levels, you would think that someone would realise that continued development of IE is a waste of time, money and manpower.

An exit strategy is long overdue, but it will come eventually.



 8:43 pm on May 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't mind that IE's near-monopoly is slipping. But if all those users migrate to Firefox, that will make it a much tastier target for malware authors.


 2:02 am on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

firefox users are like apple users right now.

secure cause nobody is bothering to target them so they are fooled into a false sence of security. That will soon change.


 11:15 am on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

There should be zero security holes in properly written software. It is entirely possible that Firefox code is cleaner and intrinsically more secure than Internet Explorer.

Given that Firefox is open-source, programmers are more likely to write clean code (since it's on public show) and clean code will always be more secure that dirty code.



 6:21 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

don't forget that people install 10000 plug ins to FF, even if the code is clean the plugins can still be exploited


 6:27 pm on May 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

The only time I use IE is Windows Update. I can't use IE 64, am forced to use IE 32. Makes you wonder as to accessibility for Update in the future. :)

As for FF plugins, I use very few, but the ones I do are strong. All the rest are toys of some kind or other.

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