IE, Windows Market Share Take Hits in 2008

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News Posted: Fri, Jan 2 2009 2:39 PM

In December of 2007, Internet Explorer's market share was 76.04%. By December 2008, it had dropped to 68.15%, or 10.4%. Meanwhile, Firefox increased its market share from 16.8% to 21.34%, a rise of 27%.



These figures come from the latest browser share report from Net Applications.



Additionally, Safari rose from 5.59% in December 2007 to 7.93% in December 2008, which iis a 41.9% increase.



Google's Chrome only recently exited beta, and despite that has managed to reach a 1.04% market share by December 2008.





If instead you drill down into platform usage, you see that in December 2007 Windows still held over 90% of the market (remember, this is based on browser usage per OS) while MacOS was holding 7.31%. By December 2008, MacOS had risen 31.7% to 9.63%, while Windows had dropped to 88.68%.



If, however, you add in the iPhone market share, .44% in December of 2008, up 267% from .12% in December of 2007, Apple had over 10% of browser market share on a platform basis.



Net Applications’ monthly surveys are conducted by sampling browser data from some 160 million visits to Web sites operated by the firm’s clients. It's an atypical way of measuring market share, but it is a consistent form of measurement, at least.



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Kiristo replied on Fri, Jan 2 2009 3:17 PM

Dammit, Opera needs to re-take Chrome. I am eagerly anticipating Opera 10's release.

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Its good to see the open source browsers gaining market share.

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Working on peoples PCs I have started randomly seening FF installed. Glad to see it is not that random though

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replied on Sat, Jan 3 2009 9:12 AM

Firefox FTW!

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Jan 3 2009 12:58 PM

Yeah Firefox has been my browser for years now. I have used it ever since initial alpha, although at that time I used IE and Firefox when it would work. However the reliability, interface, speed etc. have grown every year. I really like the open source setup though. Rather than having only Microsoft's development team, working on what they want too implement, I have members of the general worldwide public working on mine. I find that fits much better for me!!!

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 3 2009 10:09 PM

When I was still using Windows, I preferred Opera (more compatible than FF), but that was quite a while back.

On Linux, I prefer FF for 99.9% of things. I only have Opera installed for compatibility with the local ISD school-website (wife's a teacher), which insists that it won't work with Firefox (the site's defective, basically).

I installed IE6 under Wine, but that's basically only for compatibility with a few Windows games that insist it must be installed before they'll work, and occasional testing of web design.

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3vi1:
I installed IE6 under Wine, but that's basically only for compatibility with a few Windows games that insist it must be installed before they'll work, and occasional testing of web design.

Like SteamAngry

Opera is nice, I am just used to the way FF acts. Opera does things that make me say WTF which I am sure are nice to some people. Like they way it opens links right next to the tab you are in. Nice, but I am used to them being at the end. So I get all confused and lose my tabs. I will have 20 open at some times.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Jan 15 2009 10:24 AM

bob_on_the_cob:

Like SteamAngry

Steam doesn't require IE6 to be installed under Wine.  I have IE6 installed to a completely different prefix than the one I use for Steam.

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It needs the Gecko browser

wine iexplore http://appdb.winehq.com/

Unless I have been waisting my time with installing it. idk?

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Jan 15 2009 10:14 PM

Yes it does, but Gecko = Firefox layout engine, not IE.

I don't think you need to run iexplore first anymore, btw:  The last time I installed steam, wine prompted me to download the gecko engine as soon as Steam displayed html.

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3vi1:

Yes it does, but Gecko = Firefox layout engine, not IE.

I don't think you need to run iexplore first anymore, btw:  The last time I installed steam, wine prompted me to download the gecko engine as soon as Steam displayed html.

Cool. Figured I would be wrong on this oneStick out tongue

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