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Windows 7: Internet Explorer Slips Closer to 50 Percent Browser Market Share

01 Nov 2011   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Internet Explorer Slips Closer to 50 Percent Browser Market Share

With few exceptions, Microsoft's share of the browser market has been steadily declining since at least November 2009, which is how far back Net Marketshare lets us look. Back then, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was the dominant browser on desktops with a 64.46 percent share. And today? It's still dominant with a 52.63 percent share of the market, but the gap is quickly narrowing.
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Maximum PC | Internet Explorer Slips Closer to 50 Percent Browser Market Share

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10 Nov 2011   #2

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there

Stats like this need to be interpreted VERY CAREFULLY.

Back in 2009 there weren't many tablets or Ipads -- most of these run non MS OS'es such as Android etc.

I agree that the snippet mentions DESKTOPS but the desktop market itself has been steadily declining as people use other devices or a combination of devices for Internet, Office apps etc etc.

If I were Microsoft this particular piece of information woudn't worry me at all -- especially as IE10 (available on the W8 developer preview edition) seems really good and certainly overcomes a lot of the problems that IE9 has had.

Browsers like Firefox (or Mozilla) having had their day for a while are becoming (common mistake with a lot of Software) more and more bloated with all sorts of addons and get more complex to use by the day.

Browsers like OPERA which have basically stuck to their remit -- by being small, bloat free and fast will survive and are very easy to use on Smartphones as well as laptops.

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