Internet Explorer Losing Ground

Asa Dotzler recently pointed out that since October 2004, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been losing market share to Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome (yeah, Google Chrome). Here’s graph from Mr. Dotzler’s post:

From the data, you can see the steady decline of Internet Explorer’s share from a high of 90% to somewhere below 70%. 20 percent in five years is not a drastic slide, but I think it’s alarming nonetheless. On the other had, Firefox has broken through the 20% ceiling and Safari approaching 10%. Google Chrome is the little browser that could with 1%.

If this trend continues, we may see Firefox and Internet Explorer having an almost even split in two to three years. Barring any significant moves from the browser makers, Firefox would be the preferred browser in half a decade.

If the estimate is that one in five people are using Firefox, one in ten people are using Safari and one in a hundred people are using Chrome, I could infer that browser users are slowly “out-growing” the default browser offering in Windows and more people are buying Macs. Could this mean that the online experience delivered by Internet Explorer is getting to people?

In any case, this is a good trend for Web Standards as the data is moving in a faforable direction.

  • Yes it is loosing ground & will loose more when browsers like Google Chrome will establish itself.

  • Shruti

    I do not think Inter Explorer is going anywhere.

    In fact, I find the new version – IE8 – quite robust and useful. Have been testing it for a while now.

    I specially liked the new Tab Crash Recovery feature – not yet introduced by Firefox.

    Here is a video link demonstrating the feature – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFTUqK-cOuE

  • @Shruti:

    Nice points, but what do you think will take to reverse the trend?

  • You’ve probably seen this but if StatCounter is to be believed, Firefox is the #1 browser in the Philippines since late last year: http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-PH-daily-20080701-20090514

  • Google Chrome is not secure. Acid Test Firefox and Safari, i think Safari would be a great browser in the years to come.

  • @Eugene:

    Thanks for the share. I don’t think I’vc seen that data. 🙂

  • I like firefox most, it’s faster,safe and there’s a lot of plugins that you’ll find interesting plus you can hack the internals of it(google it) . . . .

  • I don’t think Internet Explorer can still recover from their gradual plunge. Internet Explorer had enough negative reviews these past years. Boo!

    Add the advent of the netbooks which comes with Linux preinstalled, there’s no IE in Linux!

  • Considering that I gave up IE two years ago, I’m not surprised at the way the graph is going.

  • nice, very interesting

  • Mae

    yes, is very interesting,good

  • And it is a very good trend that IE is loosing ground! Especially I cant wait until IE6 will die out 😛

    cheers,
    Tom

  • In my opinion, Mozilla is the best browser. Google Chrome is the lighter and faster to load. Microsoft's IE… I just don't know what to say. I think it's the beginning of the end of IE rule, after Netscape's death.

  • Yeah thats right now a days internet explorer are losing ground a most of the browser like Mozilla, Firefox, safari and Google chrome came up with a good and better speed. For these EI the upgrade is not that fast as compare with the upgrade of other browser. I think internet explorer will come up if they design more attractive top make the user more interested like Mozilla and the speed too. If the upgrade is not good than one day the EI will be completely down and will over take by other fast and attractive browser.

  • Yeah thats right now a days internet explorer are losing ground a most of the browser like Mozilla, Firefox, safari and Google chrome came up with a good and better speed. For these EI the upgrade is not that fast as compare with the upgrade of other browser. I think internet explorer will come up if they design more attractive top make the user more interested like Mozilla and the speed too. If the upgrade is not good than one day the EI will be completely down and will over take by other fast and attractive browser.