January 4, 2011

Global Internet Explorer Usage On The Delcine

Microsoft's Internet Explorer online browser suffered its largest loss of market share in two years, and has been replaced by Mozilla's Firefox as the most popular Web-surfing software in Europe, web tracking firm StatCounter is reporting.

Internet Explorer lost 1.4% of its usage share in December 2010, Gregg Keizer of Computerworld wrote in an article Monday. Benefiting from Microsoft's misfortune were Google and Apple, whose Chrome and Safari browsers saw their market share increase to 10% and 5.9% respectively.

Both are records, Keizer says, while Internet Explorer also set a new record, reaching an all-time low of 57.1%. The Microsoft program has lost a total of 5.6% of total user base over the past 12 months, and 10.7% since the introduction of Internet Explorer 8 in March 2009, notes Computerworld.

Globally, Reuters Technology Correspondent Tarmo Virki notes that Internet Explorer possesses just 46.9% of the total browser market share, followed by Firefox with 30.8% and Chrome at 14.9%. In Europe, Firefox claimed 38.1% of the user base, while Microsoft's browser dropped to just 37.5% and Google's software jumped from 5.1% share in December 2009 to 14.6% last month.

"This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share," Aodhan Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter, said in a statement, according to Reuters.

"We are probably seeing the impact of the agreement between European Commission competition authorities and Microsoft, to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March last year," Virki added, citing a December 2009 deal between Microsoft and the European Union to settle an antitrust dispute by offering customers greater access to other web browsers.

Keizer notes that Internet Explorer "typically loses a greater-than-average share in December, with the fall credited by most experts to an increase in browsing time at home during the holidays. Home computers are thought to have a higher percentage of non-Microsoft browsers than at-work systems, where IE dominates."


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