Stuck in the shackles of a subpar browsing experience because your boss swears by the robust feature set offered in IE6? Want IE9's HTML5 support, but can't get it because your company's still using Windows XP? Google wants to help. They've offered the "Chrome Frame" plug-in for older versions of IE as a technological band-aid for years, but you've always needed admin privileges to install it. Not anymore – the newest Chrome Frame iteration bypasses the need for admin rights entirely, allowing tech-savvy corporate computers users to give the middle finger to IT departments throughout the world.
We're still trying to get used to the look and feel of Internet Explorer 9, and if Microsoft was in the same mindset as it was in 2001, we'd have 5 years to play around with it before Redmond would release a new browser. Apparently Microsoft is officially over its malaise in the browser wars, and lest you don't believe it, the world's largest software maker just unveiled the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 at Microsoft's MIX11 conference.
Technology is sort of like Father Time, in that it waits for no one. So while you're getting acquainted with Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 9 browser, the Redmond outfit is already paving a path to IE10, proof of which can be found hidden inside IE9. If you dig deep enough, you'll find a dialog box referencing Microsoft's next-generation browser.
For the first time ever, Google's Chrome browser busted through the 10 percent global market share threshold in January, according to market research firm Net Applications.
Chrome's market share has been steadily rising every month, while both Internet Explorer and Firefox go in the wrong direction. According to Net Applications, Chrome's share of the browser market was 5.22 percent in January 2010, less than half of what it is now (10.7 percent). Compare that to Firefox, which has gone from a 24.43 percent share in January 2010 to 22.75 percent in January 2011.
Microsoft still owns the largest chunk of the market, but its share has fallen from 62.12 percent in the beginning of 2010 to 56 percent to start off 2011. As for the other browsers, Safari now claims a 6.3 percent share of the market and Opera remains steady at around 2.28 percent.
Call it merely a regional victory if you will, but Firefox's rise to become the most used browser in Europe is a victory nonetheless. According to the free website analytics firm StatCounter, Firefox took 38.11 percent of the European browser market in December 2010, enough to inch ahead of Internet Explorer (37.52 percent).
"This is the first time that IE has been dethroned from the number one spot in a major territory," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share."
A similar trend was noted by Net Market Share, whose data showed Chrome nearly doubling its market share in 2010 while IE dropped 5 percentage points. But as far as Europe is concerned, it's pretty clear the so-called Browser Ballot is having an impact on browser usage.
Google's Chrome browser is now the go-to browser for 1 out of every 10 PC users, suggests new data by Net Market Share. Let's put that in perspective. At the beginning of 2010, Chrome's share of the browser market hovered around 5.6 percent. By the end of December 2010, Chrome's share has almost doubled, finishing the year with just under 10 percent.
Much of that has come at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, still the most used browser on the planet, but no longer uncatchable. It's hard to scoff at a 57.08 percent share of the market, which is where IE ended 2010 at, but that's more than 5 percentage points down from January 2010.
It's also been a rocky year for Mozilla's Firefox browser, which started 2010 with a 24.43 percent share of the market and ended with 22.81 percent. As for the other browsers, Opera barely budged (dropping slightly from 2.38 percent to 2.23 percent), while Safari climbed more than a percentage point from 4.53 percent in January 2010 to 5.89 percent in December 2010.
Another month has gone by, and these days that usually means the gap between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and most other browsers tightens up. November was no exception.
According to Web analytics firm Net Applications, IE's market share slipped 0.9 percent in November, which is largely the result of IE6 giving up 1.3 percentage points during the same month. For IE6, that's the biggest drop in eight months.
It was another good month for Google's Chrome browser, which increased its total share from 8.5 percent to 9.25 percent, while Mozilla's Firefox went in the other direction, dropping from 22.83 percent to 22.75 percent. Safari now holds a 5.55 percent stake in the browser sweepstakes, which means IE, despite have lost more ground, still holds a larger chunk than all other browsers combined with a 58.26 percent share.
There's no reason to panic in Redmond, Internet Explorer is still the most dominant browser on the planet with a 59.3 percent share of the market. But at the same time, IE continues to trend in the wrong direction (for Microsoft), slipping slightly from the 59.7 percent share it claimed one month ago, and down from 62.1 percent to begin the year, according to Net Applications.
Meanwhile, Chrome has increased the size of its grip from 5.2 percent in January 2010 to 8.5 percent in October 2010. That's also half a percentage point higher than what it was last month.
Chrome is now the fastest growing browser out of the bunch, while Firefox, Safari, and Opera haven't been showing much movement as of late. Firefox, for example, dropped from 23 percent last month to 22.9 percent currently, while Safari didn't budge at 5.3 percent and Opera dropped from 2.4 percent to 2.3 percent.
The latest browser market share statistics are out from Web analytics firm Net Applications, and of all the browsers, only Google's Chrome made any kind of notable gain.
Chrome bumped up its position from 7.52 percent in August to nearly 8 percent in September, which is more than twice the market share it held one year ago.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer continued to slip, dropping from 60.40 percent to 59.65 percent in that same time frame. Both Firefox and Opera held steady by increasing their share a nominal 0.03 and 0.02 percent, respectively, while Apple's Safari browser continued its slow but steady climb, rising from 5.16 percent to 5.27 percent.
Released in the middle of September, Microsoft's IE9 Beta accounted for 0.25 percent of browser usage in the last two weeks of the month.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser turned 15 years old this week, and after a decade and a half, it still has plenty of friends to party with, more so than any other browser on the planet.
Despite losing some ground to Firefox and relative newcomer Chrome, IE still claims a dominating 60.74 percent of the market. The latest version, as well as the upcoming IE9 release, are also light years ahead of where IE first started way back in 1995. Consider that the first official release checked in at just over 1MB and was based on Mosaic. Just three months later (November 1995), Microsoft would release Internet Explorer 2, the first cross-platform browser to support both Windows and Mac.
The big question mark is where will IE stand in another 15 years? Microsoft has been able to gain back some ground in recent months, but the overall trend in the past year or so has the competition gaining on IE, perhaps not swiftly, but steadily. It will be interesting to see how long IE can maintain its market share dominance.