EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

Summary: Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share fell below the 50 percent mark globally for the first time, according to StatCounter.

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share fell below the 50 percent mark globally for the first time, according to StatCounter.

StatCounter found that IE market share fell to 49.87 percent worldwide in September. Firefox ended the month with 31.5 percent market share. Google's Chrome browser surged to 11.54 percent, up from 3.69 percent in September 2009.

StatCounter said that IE's market share fall globally had a lot to do with the European Commission mandating browser choice. In Europe, IE's market share is 40.26 percent, down from 46.44 percent a year ago. In North America, IE has a 52.3 percent market share, followed by Firefox at 27.21 percent and Chrome at 9.87 percent.

Net Applications, however, has IE at 60 percent market share.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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  • No not the EU, it was the EU consumer who willingly did it

    When given a choice he opted out of IE, plain and simple.

    That also explains why Microsoft fears and actively fights <b>freedom of choice</b> so much.
    OS Reload
    • Nah

      @OS Reload <br><br>You can have ANY OS or browser you want, as long as it is made/sold by MS. ;-)
      Economister
    • Maybe it was a time for change

      @OS Reload

      I have been using Netscape since 1995 so that freedom of choice has always been there. Now I choose to use Firefox over IE. MS has never held a gun to my head or anyone else's. It is the cell phone carriers that are the real bastages.
      osreinstall
      • Still, if users can freely choose, there is no reason to make IE the

        default. Let them really choose.
        DonnieBoy
      • You're still using Netscape!?

        @osreinstall

        Please tell me I am reading that wrong!
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

        Ford makes Philco the default and Chevrolet makes Delco-Remy the default and Chrysler makes Mopar the default and then there is Autozone. Don't like Autozone, there is always NAPA. Your argument Donnieboy is mute.<br><br>Now I choose to use Firefox is the clue that I do not use Netscape, Cylon.
        osreinstall
    • Youre right

      @OS Reload <br><br>Microsoft was stopping everyone from using anything other than Internet Explorer. I remember in XP trying to download Opera, and a picture of Bill Gates showed up and said no.<br><br>Wait... no. That didn't happen. Damn. I'm sure there was something there stopping everyone from choosing something else, though, and I'll think of it. Give me time.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • But wait...

        @goff256

        Recently I reinstalled XP SP3 on an old notebook and I tried to use IE which came with the OS to DL Firefox. For some bizarre reason, the page loaded fine but the DL button did no show. I scratched my head over that one for a while. I have no idea if it is a Mozilla web page coding issue or MS messing with me, but I do know I can't trust MS.
        Economister
  • RE: EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

    Bad statistics. The EU purposely didn't make IE the first choice and should be scolded for such actions. Now we see how they treat Microsoft. Microsoft did them the favor of having IE already installed so they wouldn't have to install a browser. You can thank the EU for making users do extra work now. Besides, people are waiting for IE9 to be released.

    Boycott the EU today!
    Loverock Davidson
    • Don't worry, Windows users are super intelligent. If they know that IE is

      the best, they will search for it, even if it is not first on the list.

      Or will they?????
      DonnieBoy
      • We get it, Donnie

        @DonnieBoy

        You hate IE, Microsoft, Windows users, and so forth. It's not clever anymore.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

        @DonnieBoy
        That doesn't excuse the EU from doing its citizens a disfavor.
        Loverock Davidson
      • No, Windows users come from all walks of life, they are not necessarily

        propeller heads like you guys.
        DonnieBoy
  • RE: EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

    I'm a EU Citizen and I'm proud of moves to stop MS exploiting its position to foist a shoddy browser upon our citizens. It's an example the US ought to follow.<br><br>Next up stop pre-installing of Windows. <br><br>
    Chipesh
    • RE: EU dings Microsoft's IE browser market share, says Statcounter

      @Chipesh

      Build your own PC, put anything on it, or order one with Linux on it. Naw, too easy. You would rather complain because that was always a great problem solving solution.
      osreinstall