Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

Summary: I can see why Microsoft is considering adding radical new features -- such as the proposed "Do Not Track" tool to Internet Explorer 9.The proprietary browser continued losing market share to its open source rivals in 2010, namely to Google's Chrome browser, whose share has roughly doubled in a year's time.

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I can see why Microsoft is considering adding radical new features -- such as the proposed "Do Not Track" tool to Internet Explorer 9.

The proprietary browser continued losing market share to its open source rivals in 2010, namely to Google's Chrome browser, whose share has roughly doubled in a year's time.

According to Net Applications' figures for November 2010,  Internet Explorer's share of the market has declined another five percent to 58.44 percent in November, compared to about 63.62 percent during the same month last year.  In mid 2008, IE held a commanding lead of 75 percent market share.*

Meanwhile, Google's Chrome browser now owns 9.26 percent share of the browser usage market, up from about four percent this time last year, according to NetApplications.

Meanwhile, the other leading open source browser, Mozilla Firefox, garnered almost 23 percent market share during last month, down about two percentage points from November of 2009.

It will be interesting to watch usage patterns in 2011.  Microsoft is preparing its much anticipated Internet Explorer 9 for release in the first quarter, while Mozilla's also much anticipated Firefox 4 is expected to make its market debut in the same timeframe.

Of course, most eyes will be on Chrome's ascent (or less likely, its descent) as Google's Chrome operating system -- with Chrome browser in tow -- makes its market debut on netbooks. As Microsoft knows, integrating the browser into an operating system tends to elevate market share considerably.  Mozill'a Firefox team is also feeling the heat of the up-and-coming other open source browser.

 The extent to which the ChromeOS succeeds in the coming year will no doubt shake up the browser market considerably.  The public reacted mostly favorably to a recent preview of the code provided by Google. Although ChromeOS was expected to be here and in the hands of millions of users before this holiday season, it is making an early debut on some machines and will have a market impact by mid 2011.

It's also important to note that market shares can fluctuate month to month.  An early preview of December 2010 figures as displayed today show Internet Explorer's share at 60.17 percent, while Firefox is at 23.65 and Chrome  down at 7.2 percent.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Open Source

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  • Of course

    If you're not going to develop the hell out of it and release more updates and not just when a new OS comes out, of course you're going to sink into oblivion. <br><br>However, IE 9 has become my secondary browser after Firefox.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • The work that MS did on IE is nothing short of amazing! It seems like they

    were awoken from the dead!! I imagine those in favor of going at HTML5 100%, nothing held back won some internal battles.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

      @DonnieBoy

      Yes, amazing what competition will do to complacency isn't it?

      -M
      betelgeuse68
  • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

    Not a hard task to achieve.
    james347
  • Ok, so which figures should we believe? November's or December's?

    IE was "down" to 58.44%, then in December it was back up to 60.17%.

    So, why the heck even report a "decline" of 5% in November when IE went back up in December?

    Did you need the hyperbolic headline in order to get people to click on your blog?

    If the figures for December were showing an increase, why even bother to report the November figures?

    And then, you report that Google Chrome is back down to 7.2, down from 9.26%, a 22.24% decline.

    Wouldn't it be even more spectacular to report a decline of 22.24% for Chrome, even if it's just month-to-month?

    Look, percentage changes from month-to-month are not very significant. Perhaps the more significant figures might come out on a quarterly or half-yearly or even yearly basis. So, why even bother with the insignificant if you have contradictory figures/facts in the same article?
    adornoe
    • It's SJV...he's not known for his unbiased reporting.

      @adornoe@...: To the contrary he tends to be heavily biased towards OSS. Don't look here for objectivity.
      ye
    • My god, any way you look at it, IE is on a downward spiral. There is never

      a way to measure anything perfectly. We have yet to see if IE9 will stop the bleeding. No more needs to be said.
      DonnieBoy
      • Look, DonnieBoy, I don't need for you to even respond to my posts

        because, you're nothing but a joke. No one here who reads any of the blogs or posts, ever takes you seriously.

        So, don't expect me to reply to any of your posts with any kind of serious response. Notice that I didn't respond to the contents of your post above, because, it's not worth it to play the "fanboism" game.
        adornoe
      • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

        @DonnieBoy Very true Donnie, if a message popped up asking people to pick a browser, including Safari which was missing here, they wouldn't pick IE nearly so much. It has a consumer reputation of failure connected to workplace problems that only IT staff can fix. Very few people want to take office problems home.
        jeff.fostermedia@...
  • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

    Love this. Two open source fanatics claiming that the open source browsers are slowly chipping away at IE's dominancy. Biased? Yup.

    Meanwhile you have the once darling Firefox continuously having problems with Firefox 3 [how many updates so far this past year?] and issues even with beta Firefox 4 - and its bloatness.

    Not to be outdone, Google Chrome browser is still the buggiest piece of crap out there. And now they added a built in PDF plug-in? What for? Now you have to update a plug-in and the regular PDF viewer whenever there is a bug.
    Gis Bun
    • Not sure what you are arguing about. The trend for IE has been a spiral,

      the exact figures one month are not important. IE9 may slow or end the slide. That is yet to be seen.
      DonnieBoy
    • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

      @Gis Bun Open source has lead to losses by Microsoft.
      The popularity of ipad and iphone web pages.
      safari (the browser behind mac and ios) is powered by webkit, which is also the same open source tech that goes into google chrome.
      Not to mention, it's also availible for several other cellphones.
      Android is killing windows mobile, but so is apple.
      Apple actually profits from opensource projects as well, and they don't need to tell people it's open source, they just need to show them it's hip cool and new, and people will buy it up.
      Google is profiting off opensource.
      Open source is a valid business method when used correctly.
      Internet explorer 7 adopted firefox features.
      google chrome get's in the race, and now it's all about how fast the browser is.
      why else would Microsoft be clamoring to make IE9 look good if not for the competition it faces.
      It certainly can't be all those kids on their fancy ipads.
      Especially when it started way before that.
      Microsoft is also routing for opensource anyway, They want to profit off it too.
      Just not with their browser. on a different note, why is it called patch Tuesday if Microsoft updates never happen
      Just recently Microsoft had a security update for December, 7 fixes, and it was labeled critical.
      Needing updates is not equal to having problems.
      Every browser has a security hole of some kind. www.crashie.com can show how badly internet explorer sucks, and it's not a talking point, it's an easily viewable vulnerability, that could be used anywhere.
      Atomic1fire
      • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

        @Atomic1fire If I'm not mistaken Apple owns webKit.
        jeff.fostermedia@...
    • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

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  • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

    It is beyond me why anyone would anyone use the very inaccurate Net App stats.<br>IE has been under 50% for quite a while. FF has plateaued at 30-35 and Chrome is on the rise. Even my MS loving IT organization has plans to officially allow FF and Chrome. Actually, unofficially most people use those anyway.<br>You have to be blind to miss that the trend.
    kirovs@...
    • I suppose pulling your stats out of thin air makes them better?

      Look, stats are meaningless when there are people with biases doing the studies and people quoting their favorite parts of the surveys.

      Now, you came out with your own set of stats, like IE being under 50%, yet most other studies has them around 60% or more. So, what is it that you know that most other people and companies doing the surveys don't?

      Would you kindly point to the studies you're quoting? If the stats you mentioned are from your experiences, then would you mind explaining how you arrived at them? If the stats are from other studies, would you mind linking us to them? Inquiring minds want to know the facts.
      adornoe
  • The stats may be mileading

    2 desktops +2 laptops in my house. All have Chrome & Firefox, desktops also have IE 8. and the IE based AOL.
    on all 4, most browsing is on FireFox, w/AOL a close second on 1 desktop. How do they figure that up??
    olddogv
  • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

    If I recall... IE used to be shipped with Mac OS-X until they tried to leverage the /dev/null ... Apple wasn't scared. They don't need IE. What's so great about IE? It makes decisions for you about what security is? How ironic.
    Asher Bond
  • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

    So IE is approx. 3 times more popular than any of the 'other' players. Firefox is in perpetual Beta mode.

    (some people remember, when you could not have a full release number and beta at the same time, beta means under test, and probably will crash, and has bugs).

    Chrome, open ? its also crap, no one cares about it, nor FF..

    Once upon a time there used to be a real competition between IE and netscape, that resulted in netscape being quite popular for a time..

    Trouble is, allthough netscape offered a free alternative to IE, (that we got free anyway), netscape was CRAP,, bad bad crap.

    Like most OSS offerings FF (netscapes legacy, still crap), try to compete on cost, and forget about quality, and functionality.

    So FF is appropriate for it, it is fanboy fodder. with little substance.

    I know you hate it, when people are willing to pay for what they want. and not accept something free, but not wanted..

    If you could work that out, and start to give what is wanted, not what you want to give. OSS might start to gain some traction.

    25 years is about how long you have had to work that out, how long does it take ?
    Aussie_Troll
  • RE: Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010

    Its odd to me that people who claim to be so computer savvy, so in touch with the technology world, and all its in and outs. can spend year after year, living in blissfull ignorance of what is happening around them..

    They perceive something is happening, but they cant quite work out why Bill Gates makes squillions of dollars, and why people are willing to pay good hard earned money for products and services they want..

    You appear to have the "why pay for his stuff, when you can have our crap for free,,, FOR FREE"..

    ever heard of the term "you could not pay me to own that".

    Why cant you understand, after years of studying the 'industry' that people want quality, and they want products that are functional and that do the job they require of them..

    Why cant you understand, that people KNOW that quality takes effort and money to achieve, that is why they are willing to pay good money for good quality.

    You can say proprietary software is not good quality, but the world begs to differ.

    People know what quality and functionality is, they expect it when they pay money for a product.

    They understand to achieve that level of quality it costs money, we accept that, we do not accpet that we deserve to gain that for free.

    We dont expect our hourse, or car or computer for free, we are willing to pay a fair price for that thing.

    Just because that thing is software, makes zero difference, and that is something else it appears the OSS crowd seem incapable of working out.

    It does not matter, a painting is only paint on canvas, a book is only words on paper they all have value.

    That value is in the effort, and the skill, and creativity in its creation. Not in its physical makeup.

    If that was the case, a car would only cost $50 dollars, as that would be the cost of the materials.

    But its much more expensive, because people have to put in effort to create something of value and quality..

    OSS people have not worked this out yet, they cannot see the difference in a pile of Iron ore, and a finished car.
    Aussie_Troll