Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

Summary: With Internet Explorer 9 set to be finalized in weeks, it is entirely possible that Microsoft should worry more about Chrome's increasing marketshare, rather than focusing on its war with Mozilla.

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The browser race is hotting up once again. With the Internet Explorer release candidate already out and prepped to be the most advanced, quickest browser to date, Mozilla is pushing forward its draft roadmap to complete four major revisions by the end of this year.

But if you take a look at the marketshare stats, and combine a free thinking mind of theory for a moment, the numbers may not be in either Microsoft or Mozilla's favour for long.

Why? Blame Europe.

Since the browser ballot rollout across Europe in March 2010, where regulators forced Microsoft to issue an update to Windows giving users the option to switch browser, the browser marketshare in Europe has been steadily declining. The update is indicated below as the vertical red line.

It doesn't quite explain the growth of Chrome, however. Arguably, had the browser ballot not been rolled out, Chrome's marketshare growth would still have increased though not as exponentially as though seen.

The EU wser ballot has indeed shown to impact on the global marketshare. It is entirely possible that Europe, with a population nearly twice that of the United States, could make all the difference.

The current state of the marketshare from a worldwide perspective can be seen below. Internet Explorer has been on a decline since the browser ballot while Firefox maintains relatively consistently, as Chrome rockets nearly doubling its user base in as little as a year.

So where does this leave Microsoft and Mozilla?

On the presumption that both Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 let us not forget have no significant impact on the marketshare, it is entirely possible that Chrome could kick the stool underneath the crown of Internet Explorer in Europe and take the top spot in as little as a year from now.

Around this time next year, based on some basic maths and averages, Internet Explorer could be taken over by Chrome. Then again, stats are notoriously difficult to predict.

The problem with the ongoing browser war is the vast number of variables involved, the technological guesswork behind the statistics and the natural fluctuation in people's needs.

Yet the figures do show that in Europe, the browser marketshare has been impacted greatly by the browser ballot. Chrome's jump in users will only perpetuate as the new kid on the block, while Firefox users are sticking to their guns on the most part, but in many cases are defecting to Chrome, which would explain the slight decline in their numbers.

Do you think Chrome be the true contender for Internet Explorer?

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  • Replace BLAME with CONGRATULATE.

    NT
    jacksonjohn
    • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

      @johnfenjackson@...

      I second that.
      idiot101
    • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

      @johnfenjackson@... NO, I like to BLAME Europe, any problem??
      nomorebs
      • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

        Its called choice, get over it.
        daikon
  • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

    It would be interesting to see the stats on the browser ballot choices people make. I am not convinced the browser ballot is the main factor driving the swing to chrome - I just think on Win XP (which most people still use) chrome is by far the best browser. Even on Win7, IE9 (which is very good IMO) is not offered in the browser ballot as it's not a released product. MS have built a really good product in IE9, which can compete with Chrome, but they really should have had a competing product out years ago.
    RonanSail
  • And Google Shoud Worry about tracking protection featured in IE9

    Just downloaded IE9.. Great browser, fast as Chrome and very well integrated with Win 7. Google who's revenus are based on advertisengin should worry about the tracking protection feature found in IE9. Download IE9, turn tracking protection on and see what I mean.
    gbouchard99@...
    • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

      @gbouchard99@...

      IE9 *is* awesome. FF4B11 is awesome. And Chrome is awesome. No reason to critisize any of these browsers, all are doing excellent and innovative things. This is what competition does. Best case scenario: each browser winds up with about 1/3 of the market and keeps it! Great time to be browsing!
      x I'm tc
      • YES, IE9 is the real deal and a huge step up form IE8, but, Chrome also

        rocks.
        DonnieBoy
      • Oh, and the best of all worlds would be 20% each for IE, Chrome, Firefox,

        Safari, Opera. That would really spark innovation and standards.
        DonnieBoy
      • They're all awesome.. execpt at html5. there IE9 blows the others away

        neither chrome nor ff comes anywhere close to IE9 performance. They are orders of magnitude slower.
        Johnny Vegas
      • 20% for each?

        That'd be awesome, but I doubt it will ever happen.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • I'm proud of you DB

        @DB

        I'm sure that was a difficult thing to say. I'll probably continue to use Chrome as my primary browser but I'll use IE9 for the sites that have the stupid embedded ads in text. I hate that, nothing worse than scrolling down a page and having a video pop up because your mouse hovered over some random text somewhere. IE9 is surprisingly fast, kudos to MS.

        XP's marketshare will probably turn more people to Chrome. Sad to say I have a client we just setup on BPOS. One of their users is contracted to a major DoD and Aerospace company. He couldn't change his password because they still only allow IE6. Scary eh?
        LiquidLearner
    • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

      @gbouchard99@... You're right, Google will never implement a tracking protection feature in Chrome, so possibly you'll never have privacy in Chrome Browser. On the other side, IE 9 uses native hardware acceleration in IE9 since it access the Hardware graphics drivers the same way Windows games run the graphics card drivers natively, so depending on the graphics card you have it would increase your faster experience in IE 9 that most computers will run better in IE9 than on Chrome when running modern HTML5 canvas animation games.
      Gabriel Hernandez
  • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

    I think it has been obvious for about a year that Chrome is the biggest threat because FF has been staying flat. I'm not sure how high Chrome can go though. For one thing its secret updating is going to keep it out of many a enterprise. Also those who value privacy will have great incentive to both use IE9 and to avoid Chrome. That is the case with me--my goto browser is IE9 and FF is my secondary.
    Mythos7
    • Well, Firefox is still gaining on IE, but losing share to Chrome. The

      updating is not secret, it is AUTOMATIC as it needs to be in order to make sure that all browsers are patched right away. The security problems for the enterprise lie in Windows and IE.
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

        @DonnieBoy

        We know that doing the opposite of anything you say would always be the best course so I rest my case.
        Mythos7
      • In Enterprise

        @DonnieBoy

        Automatic updating can be a very bad thing, especially on a piece of software as critical as the browser. One of my clients had this happen recently, although they aren't an enterprise. Their software worked fine in Chrome 6 (I think, versions change so f'in fast...) but then one day about half their users couldn't work on the site. The next version of Chrome came out, updated, and broke compatability with the application. And yes, the vendor officially supports Chrome. Well, since there is no way to stop the update it became a big issue. Most switched back to IE8 unfortunately. Now that's an office with 20 people. Imagine if you had thousands of users and you were standardized on Chrome throughout. What a nightmare.

        At least with IE you can use WSUS and do your own testing before pushing the update out. I really think that's where FF and Chrome need the most work, enterprise environments.
        LiquidLearner
      • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

        @DonnieBoy
        In an enterprise with a Windows network I can control every aspect of IE with GPOs. Absolutely nothing can happen unless I allow it. I specify which add-ons can be used, I control the security settings, I can even prevent users from downloading files. Can't do that with any other browser. Upgrading to the next version without losing user bookmarks or config is no problem with IE. Not so with the others.
        *Hutch*
      • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

        @cmartell wow, i hope i never have you as a sysadmin, that sounds ridiculous
        DevonS
      • RE: Internet Explorer should worry about Chrome, not Firefox: Blame Europe?

        @DonnieBoy

        It's not just security that enterprise worries about. IT departments want to plan updates so they can prepare for the unexpected. No IT department wants to walk in one morning to dozens of emails and voicemails from half the company who can't do this or that because the browser got updated.
        RGC6789