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Internet Explorer is Now Losing the Browser Wars? Magic 8-Ball Says: Doubtful

Internet Explorer is Now Losing the Browser Wars? Magic 8-Ball Says: Doubtful

Internet Explorer has been slowly but steadily losing ground in the “browser wars” since the invention of that little hot little vulpine browser, Firefox. Google Chrome shook up the market even more and is continuing what’s considered to be a fast upward climb. Safari is Safari, and Opera is largely underestimated.

In the article I read about IE’s plummet, on Mashable, the tone was very much in the negative for Internet Explorer, citing phrases such as “to little, to late” and “Hail Mary” in reference to the coming improvements of IE9. Now, I am no fan of Internet Explorer (my web-designer-self hates it with a furious feral fire), and no disrespect intended to the knowledgeable minds over at Mashable, but I think a little bit of perspective may be called for.

Yes, IE has finally hit a downward slide (thank you, powers that be!) — but even with the European ruling that dropped IE from Microsoft Windows installations, and the rise of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer still holds 49.87% of the browser market (as stated in the Mashable article). Another unfortunate truth is that a good percentage of that percentage still uses IE6. The fact that anyone is still using that piece of crap is proof positive that people aren’t as far advanced into the world of technology as we might have hoped. But I digress…

Browser Market Share Chart | Mashable

The point I am making here is that 49.87%, while still a hefty drop for IE when compared to the gains of other browsers, is still the largest segment of the market by nearly 20%. Internet Explorer 9 may be a bit late, but it is still going to compete soundly with the other browsers out there. IE9 may not win back Microsoft’s haters (count me in that batch), but it will win back some people — and it will keep even more. If Internet Explorer is going anywhere, I don’t think it will be anytime soon.

What do you think?

With Less than 50% Market Share, IE Is Now Losing the Browser Wars [Mashable]

 

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10 Responses to Internet Explorer is Now Losing the Browser Wars? Magic 8-Ball Says: Doubtful

  1. I really liked the debut of IE 9. At last, Microsoft showed signs that they were moving to the 21st century. Too bad, they showed so damn late to the party.

    • Agreed. Their obstinacy is what made browsers like Firefox and Chrome viable. I thank them for that, though. Options are always better and make for quicker product advancements.

  2. Certainly, it’s a misleading article.

    If there are 10 movies playing in a given weekend, and the top movie only generate 49% of the revenue, did they “lose” to the other 9? Of course not.

    Has Microsoft lost market share over the past several year? Yes. Will they continue to do so in the future? I think so – albeit at a slower rate. But IE certainly isn’t “losing” yet.

  3. Firefox is vulpine, not canine.

    • You are absolutely right about that! That’s what happens when one writes in a hurry — foxen become dogs, birds become dinosaurs, cats become dragons… It’s been corrected. Thanks for paying attention! :D

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