Internet Explorer market share drops below 50%

By on October 5, 2010
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Firefox and Google Chrome take on the lead.

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Once the ‘King of Web Browsing’, a software that commanded a massive 90% of the total market share, Internet Explorer has been falling behind, and steadily, with the likes of Firefox, Chrome and Opera chipping away at an alarmingly fast rate.

According to recent stats, Internet Explorer’s worldwide market share fell to 49.87% in September, down from 51.3% in August and 58.4% a year ago. The loss was other’s treasure: Firefox rose from 30.09% to 31.5% in market share, and Google Chrome scored 11.54% share, more than triple compared to September 2009. The stats are provided by StatCounter.

“This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, in a statement. “Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%.”

With the impending release of IE 9, Microsoft is hoping that it can give a challenging fight back in regaining its lost glory. The recently released beta of its new browser has reviewers impressed with its speed and development tools that features support of the latest web technologies. The browser still has some way to go in terms of other implemented functionalities, but once that is fitted in, it will be interesting times ahead for War of the Web Browsers.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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