Internet Explorer market share hits a new low of 60%

by: Bradley Wint on May 4th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

As more and more browsers pop up, Internet Explorer continues to suffer. At the end of April 2010, Net Applications stats showed that IE fell below 60%, landing at around 59.95% coming from about 68% this time last year. It’s not a huge drop per se but still is noticeable, because other competitors like Chrome, Safari and Firefox are slowly encroaching on its market space.

Firefox has shown a bit of slow down recently, hovering between 22-24% between the April 2009-2010 period. I predict a slowdown with Fox’s progress though because the number of complaints are rising that Firefox is just becoming the next IE: slow and bulky. Google Chrome has gained quite a lot of popularity, growing by about 5% from last year which represents the biggest change among all the browsers compared. It’s sitting around 6.73% right now, with more expected growth in the future. Safari did relatively well but their growth rate has been not near that of Chrome’s.

So what can we expect? Internet Explorer 8 was never a favoured browser among many. IE has still maintained a huge share simply because it is made the default browser on almost all computers, and many users are simply too lazy to try out new browsers. Also, many corporate firms still use IE, most of them surprisingly using IE6! However, if Microsoft doesn’t bring out a smash hit with their new Internet Explorer 9, their market share is only going to spiral downwards. However, there is potential. With their new Javascript turbo options, HTML5 and more, it seems that IE9 may have a chance to pull some of their ex-users back onto the train.

Chrome in my opinion, seems to be going in the direction Firefox should have been going. Their browser is light-weight, has a few decent add-ons and is the most secure (so far). Firefox has unfortunately become quite bulky with tons of add-ons and scripts, and its 3.6 series seems to be quite bug-filled. Also, they have been lagging in the tech department, only offering features like HTML5 in the upcoming 3.7, which Chrome offered HTML5 from a long time ago.

It’s hard to say now who will have the advantage. With new web technologies popping up, the new winners will be the ones who adapt quickly rather than living on their high horse saddle and just improving on what they have currently.

The first image shows the overall market growth while the second shows browser % market change (relative per browser).

All data provided by Net Applications.

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