Internet Explorer's Market Share Slips in Europe

According to the latest stats from web tracking firm Statcounter, Internet Explorer has been losing ground in Europe, including big markets like France, Britain, and Italy. Hardly surprising given the sanctions imposed on Redmond by the European Union to include a so-called browser ballot with Windows.

So far in March, IE's web surfing share is down in France by 2.5 percent from one month prior, while shares are down 1.3 percentage points and 1 point in Italy and Britain, respectively.

"We have seen significant growth in the number of new Firefox users as a result of the Ballot Choice screen," Mozilla recently stated. "We expect these numbers to increase as the Ballot Choice screen fully rolls out across all countries."



Opera Software, currently the fourth largest browser firm, has also benefited from the browser ballot. The company claims Opera downloads have more than doubled in Europe, noting particularly strong results in Italy, Spain, and Poland, where downloads have reportedly tripled.

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