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Internet Explorer 8 Drops Below 25% Market Share
Internet Explorer (IE) is about to get its 10th iteration when new Windows 8 computers ship in the coming weeks but its older off-springs are not doing so well. Earlier this year Microsoft announced that it will cease support for IE6 and now data is revealing a decline in market share for IE8.
According to Net Applications’ latest report, IE as a browser is still dominant with 53.63% of global browser market share. Within that overarching dominance though, a few pillars are coming loose. IE9 has 19.45% of the global market, now defunct IE6 still has a few people using it with 7.22% global share, IE7 has 2.51% of the market share and IE8 has slipped below 25% global share to 24.09%.
So who is eating way at IE’s share of the browser market? The culprits seem to be Safari and Mozilla Firefox—the pair gained 0.16 and 0.03 percentage points respectively. These gains puts Safari as the 4th most popular browser globally and gives Firefox a solid place as number 2 globally with 20.08% of the global market share.
Of course this leaves the other market giant somewhat nonplussed; Google Chrome has fallen behind Firefox yet again with an 18.6% global share of the browser market. Only subsequent iterations of the Chrome browser will determine if it claws back market share from Firefox.
For now I think Steve Ballmer and Microsoft are saying “thanks very much” to Google Chrome and Firefox for the second place scrap.