Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

Summary: Internet Explorer's market share has reached an all time low, falling below 60% last month. Is it time to give up and pull the plug for good?

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Internet Explorer's market share has reached an all time low, falling below 60% in April with Firefox and Chrome steadily increasing their share.

According to Conceivably Tech, Internet Explorer users have declined since August 2009 by nearly 10%, while Firefox users have slightly increased by 5% or so, with Chrome taking a leap and increasing to a near 10% market share.

StatCounter sees it slightly differently showing a more clear decline in Internet Explorer users with Chrome clearly catching up. Though Ars Technica argue that Firefox may never reach the 25% mark, I'm quietly confident that Chrome in particular could tip the balance in time to come, with Firefox having the potential to take the lead.

With a bit of maths and a PhotoShopping frenzy, using StatCounter statistics and considering the current trends alone, this is how I see the market share going.

Of course, the world isn't as simple as that and Firefox may or may not overtake Internet Explorer in the long run. We can only hope, really.

But Internet Explorer is old and sluggish. It occasionally pees on the rug, and you have to take it for a check-up every few months - and it always ends up costing you dearly. It's a bit like an old dog which you have, and you care about, and will sincerely miss it when its gone, but it's starting to become a bit of a burden.

For the home user, there are two sides to consider:

  1. Simple users who don't particularly care about their choice of browser, and are happy to use what they recognise as "access to the Internet" through the trademark blue-'e' on the deskop. The EU enforced browser screen may increase awareness of other browsers, but those in the US will not think any different.
  2. Advanced users who do care about their browser, and are shifting away from Internet Explorer for their own personal reasons.

And as I have said before, for university environments, it's far simpler to keep Internet Explorer as default, with access to other browsers as well. But even today, I still cannot pinpoint a particular, specific reason as to why it still holds so much sway in the corporate environment.

With my shift from Firefox alone to multiple browsers for various reasons and productivity aspects, I rarely use Internet Explorer anymore. I have simply had enough of it. But seeing as patterns change and attitudes shift, I can bet my bottom dollar that I'll end up using it again in the long run.

Because let's face it, it's an old dog and there's no new tricks, but it would hurt too much to pull the plug for good.

Topics: Browser, Google, Microsoft

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  • Seriously?

    IE is just short of a 2/3 market share, and you want them to pull the plug on the product?

    By your logic, Chrome and Opera should'nt even be a footnote in history at this point.
    Zathros
    • Exactly, this guy is an idiot

      I dont usually troll but this entire article(post?) is stupid.

      Hey since walmart only has 60% of the market, lets close all their stores!

      You sir, are retarded.
      Been_Done_Before
      • Retarded?

        Who is stupid, retarded? It's not about the share, it's about the TREND!!! Is the Walmart market share trend going down or going up? Is the IE share going up or down despite all business effort to shore it up??? MS has no-one to blame but themselves, IE6 was a piece of neglected crap for years, then some better product competition got in the game and now we are at IE9???
        nyyet
      • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

        I think the essence of this article is demonstrate IE is losing its grip on the NET, not that Microsoft should drop out of the game. As Microsoft has demonstrated, they can recreate themselves and produce novel new products.
        DrMDodd@...
    • Looking at the trends...

      IE was in the 95%+ market share at one point after having crushed Netscape. Now it's in a downward trend. Considering that other than the European market, every copy of Windows still ships with IE installed, it says that people are taking the time and effort to locate and install alternate browsers. When a third of your customers have voted with their feet, it suggests you have a serious issue.

      My not so humble opinion is that Microsoft is going to have do a major overhaul to IE to reverse this trend. IE 9 may be the answer but going by what I've seen of the platform demos, it's not likely. IE9, according to Microsoft, will not install on Windows XP which hurts it in the corporate market where XP is still the OS of choice.

      OTOH, I use IE. I also use Chrome, Firefox, Opera and even Lynx (mostly for web page testing for visually impaired users without needing to install a screen reader/web browser). Safari, I've tried but don't use all that often.

      Now if the slightly less intelligent than a half-witted watermelon people who maintain our web pages would get themselves into the 21st century, I could drop IE for 90% of my current uses. "We've always done it that way" is not an acceptable answer for continuing bad habits.
      DNSB
      • Not meant to be a defense of IE but..

        I find that many people have associated their spyware and virus attacks on IE and many of them were not the fault of a browser at all. Just because they saw the pop ups and effects of IE suffering because of the infection. I have fixed many computers in my day and many of them have been due to infections. However, when you look at the root cause of these infections I found most had expired or no security software at all, most were not properly patched, and many were downloading music, movies, and programs illegally using P2P software. Now MOST of these people told me that they heard from a friend of a friend that Internet explorer was the cause and not the obvious facts I mentioned above. IE is not perfect and it has it's flaws and yes it took IE to version 7/8 to realize many of those flaws. But today every browser (or Operating System or Software) has the risk of being exploited. The ultimate protection is not in the choice of software you use, but knowing what to do to protect yourself.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

        @DNSB test
        David Grober
      • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

        @DNSB IE's early massive market share was a consequence of lack of competition. When that changed, the IE share eroded, even with a growing market.

        None of which changes the fact that multiple browsers can reside on the same machine and no one is locked into a contract to use this one, that one or the other.
        cdmsr
    • RE: Among those who know, IE is not even a footnote

      Here is proof.<br><br><a href="http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp</a><br><br>Those who visit this site are geeks, and look <br>at the stats.<br><br>Firefox has a larger share than IE and Chrome's <br>share is just as much as each IE and growing.<br><br>Keep your IE8. I, like those who know, use <br>Chrome. (Try Chrome 5 and you just might get <br>it!).
      Uralbas
      • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

        @Uralbas
        Hmmm...base on the stat on the link you gave, IE8 has the fastest growing users: from 0.6 percent to 16.2 percent in just one year and four months.

        And you suggest Microsoft gives up on that?
        gsacramento
      • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

        @Uralbas

        @Uralbas

        gsacramento: on the same period IE went from 44.8 to 33.4. That's the thing
        TristanGrimaux
      • RE: RE: IE may be losing market share! ...but is a good backup browser!

        @Uralbas I wouldn't claiming those numbers as being proof of anything. Admittedly ie is limping (ok on two crutches), but not quite off the field. I still use it for backup, when I load up Chrome and Firefox with so many tabs, I lose my place. Chrome is my first choice, Go To browser for sure now. But it having ie tab like Firefox (that I can also drag out into a separate window) is sweet in a pinch.<br><br>As far as Opera goes, it was going strong with me, until Chrome came out!<br><br>Apple's Safari? ... well I give it a try every once in a while. But it's the biggest piece of crapola out there. I refuse to install iTunes and Quicktime? ...doesn't even come close to being like it's name. Slow, ugly piece of junk!<br><br>So what I'm wondering, is when Chrome OS comes out, will MS step up and make a browser for it? Not likely! ...and therein lies the rub. Even if Chome OS was to become the Dominant OS, Microsoft would still not bow down to Google and admit they do stuff better.<br><br>NO..... they rather die or kill ie rather than admit open cross platform is the future! Sad really and it's all because companies like Apple or Microsoft are control freak Corporations, bent on killing competition rather than making friends and expanding it's horizons!

        All demagogues eventually have perished because of their arrogance. I hope Microsoft sees the light and begins to compete, rather than using their "Extend Expand Extinguish" tactics. If they do they could survive. Apple seems to have adopted these tactics. They too, now think micromanaging their employees and users like a dictatorship is the wave of the future. Make a product, set on it and then kill your competition!<br><br>The reason Google is so competitive (or rule search and web video, etc), is they believe in being and having friends cross platform and OPEN. You can fight that with arrogance! &lt;img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/grin.gif" alt="grin">
        i2fun@...
      • @gsacramento - IE8 has the fastest growing users?

        Your statement ignores the majority of the data.

        In the W3Schools' statistical evidence, the month before Chrome was introduced, Microsoft had a total of 50.5&#37; market share (IE6 had 24.5&#37; and IE7 had 26.0&#37;) and Firefox had 43.7&#37;.

        As of this past April and since Chrome's introduction, Microsoft had lost 16.9&#37; of the market and is down to 33.4&#37; combining IE6's 7.9&#37;, IE7's 9.3&#37;, and IE8's 16.2&#37;. IE6's loss of 16.6&#37; of the market, combined with IE7's loss of 16.7&#37; and IE8's gain of 16.2&#37; results in Microsoft's 16.9&#37; market loss to Firefox's 2.7&#37; market gain and Chrome's 13.6&#37; for their combined 16.3&#37; market gain.

        At the end of Chrome's first month in the market, it had garnered 3.1&#37; of the market while Microsoft lost 2.5&#37; (IE6 dropped 2.2&#37; and IE7 dropped 0.3&#37;) and Firefox lost 1.1&#37;. By the time IE8 was introduced in January 2009, Microsoft's market share had already dropped 3.9&#37; to 46.6&#37;. At the end of IE8's first month, it had only 0.6&#37; market share but IE6 dropped 1.1&#37; and IE7 dropped 0.4&#37; while Firefox gained 1.1&#37; and Chrome gained 0.3&#37;.

        Therefore, your statement was absolutely ludicrous. IE8's market share obviously came from migrations from IE6 and IE7 and not from users of other browsers. In addition, as more people learned about alternative browsers through Google's advertised introduction of Chrome, people who had stayed with IE out of ignorance abandoned it to the tune of 16.9&#37; of the market! Recent data from March to April alone is telling: As IE8 increased only 0.9&#37; of the market, IE6 lost 1.0&#37; and IE7 lost 1.4&#37; (for a total Microsoft loss of 1.5&#37;) of the market as Firefox gained 0.2&#37; and Chrome gained 1.3&#37; (for a combined gain of 1.5&#37;) of the market. Look again at Zack Whittaker's chart. The numbers prove that Microsoft is trending down while Firefox and Chrome are trending up.
        Isocrates
      • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

        @Uralbas hate to tell you this, since it may lead to suicide, but geeks are no more "in the know" that anyone else. You are NOT superior in ANY WAY...including internet intelligence than anyone else. I know you desperately want to beleive you are since your whole life your mother has told you what a disappontment you are...but you are not special. The very fact htat you equate browser usage with intelligence shows how UNintelligenyou are.
        jkfan87
    • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

      @Zathros I personally hate Internet Exployer But It is embedded in yahoo and hard to remove.
      joelynn
    • Eactly , this guy is an idiot , Part Two

      @Zathros

      Retarded? - that's not P.C (not to be confused with your PC)
      Biassed, seriously flawed in his thinking....well, I could go on, but don't let's forget that people hate winners who make a lot of money.
      michel@...
  • Why, IE works fine

    I use IE8 and Firefox 3.6.x and both work very well. IE8 is very responsive in Windows 7 more so then in Vista or XP and Firefox works well too. I didn't care much for Chrome and no matter how much I try Safari or Opera I do not like them at all.

    Not sure why you think people should give up. Let them choose and if they prefer Firefox or Chrome (Or Safari or Opera) then that is their choice, right?
    bobiroc
    • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

      @bobiroc

      When using apps like Facebook you fill the difference, any other browser is faster.
      TristanGrimaux
  • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

    What an idiotic headline. You only have 60% of the market, time to give up. I used to use Firefox but got tired of the way it always leaked memory. Don't have that problem with IE.
    RonCri
    • RE: Internet Explorer market share at all time low: Time to give up?

      Ditto on your Firefox experience
      PeteG_5