Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome

by djbaxter on January 2, 2010

I’ve seen several articles recently proclaiming loudly that Google’s Chrome browser has taken over the number three spot from Safari (e.g., Google Chrome is Now the No. 3 Browser | Search Engine Journal).

One would think this were a huge accomplishment from all the excitement. But in reality, beating out Safari, the Apple browser, is a small accomplishment, given that it has never had more than 5% market share, especially since this follows the recent release of the Apple version of Google Chrome.

Here is the way the statistics stack up currently, according to Net Applications’ web browser usage data for December:

Browser Percent of Market
Microsoft Internet Explorer 62.69%
Firefox 24.61%
Google Chrome 4.63%
Apple Safari 4.46%
Opera 2.40%
Opera Mini (mobile browser) 0.53%
Other 0.63%

After all the furious negative publicity over the past 5 years, Internet Explorer still has two-thirds of the market, although that is a slip from 80-90% before Firefox was introduced. Meanwhile, Firefox has risen to approximately one quarter of the market.

So what this all boils down to is that Google Chrome now has about a thundering third of the one-eighth market share left over after Internet Explorer and Firefox have taken their cuts.

That wouldn’t seem to me to be a reason for breaking out the champagne just yet.

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 Now, from Computerworld via PC World comes this:

Windows Loses Market Share to Mobile Operating Systems
by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Jan 3, 2010

Microsoft’s Windows resumed its usual losing form in December as the operating system’s usage share dropped by about a third of a point even as the new Windows 7 posted a second straight month of impressive gains, Web metrics firm Net Applications said Friday.

Although rival desktop operating systems — Mac and Linux — essentially remained flat, mobile OSes, including Google‘s Android and Apple‘s iPhone OS, took up the slack created by Windows’ dip. Mobile operating systems, said Net Applications, now power 1.3% of all the hardware that surfs the Internet.

Windows finished the year with a 92.2% share, down 0.3 of a percentage point. It was the eighth month in 2009 during which Windows lost share.

So more people are using mobile operating systems. And Microsoft Windows has “fallen” to a lowly 92.2% share of all operating systems when mobile OSs are included.

Does anyone seriously believe that having a 92.2% market share is going to worry Microsoft or its shareholders?

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Brent Rangen January 4, 2010 at 10:47 am

92% is still a huge number.

What’s the percentage without mobile OS’s?

I see ComputerWorld’s blog is talking about how IE will be down to less than half of the market by the end of the year.

It has to be hard for Microsoft. Google is no small competitor. They defined and perfected the Search Engine. Then they enter the browser market with little to lose.

Microsoft could have even more profits by having a successful, yet-popular search engine. Whatever the case: mobile web will always be somewhat of a novelty and not a de facto, so i would go “Guns a Blazin'” after the desktop browser market.

Adryana December 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

This is what we need – an insight to make everyone think.

djbaxter December 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

This post is now almost 6 years old and a lot has changed since then. My personal choice has been Firefox for several years now and the statistics as to market share gave changed drastically. Additionally, with the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has a new browser called Edge.

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