Not quite ready to throw in the towel.
While I can’t remember the last time I fired up Internet Explorer, the browser isn’t going to be quitting any time soon. According to NetMarketShare’s global browser statistics, Microsoft’s browser grew from 53.8% to 54.1%, while Mozilla’s Firefox dropped from 20.6% to 20.2%. Not staggering changes we’ll admit, but it is an indication that the competition is still going strong.
Microsoft has been pushing hard with IE9 in Windows 7 with a series of promotional campaigns both offline and online. The company has also been trying its best to move users from the archaic IE6, which was plagued with security issues and plugin compatibility. Next on the horizon is IE10, which bundles with Microsoft’s upcoming OS, Windows 8.
But one area where the browser has been struggling is in the mobile sphere – while other browsers such as Safari, Opera, and Firefox offer mobile alternatives of its desktop browsers, Microsoft continues to struggle with its browser only being available on its Windows Phone platform.