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Old 04. May 2010, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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According to this report IE's market share has now dropped below 60% for the first time, losing ground to Firefox and Chrome.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10095730.stm
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Old 04. May 2010, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wonder how long it will take for governmental organizations, financial institutions such as banks, and other service providers in India to accept that other browsers can be better. They all seem to believe that Internet Explorer is the thing. Even more funny is the insistence on IE6.

What is not funny is that many of these sites do not function properly with other browsers.
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A lot of public and school computers I've noticed have both Firefox and IE on them. Usually both way out-of-date!
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I think the article is right that it will be a slow climb for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc. Microsoft may not be as vigilant at pressing IE, but it's still quite sneaky about it. You can't really get the thing off your system, and many programs seem to use the connection settings of a control panel regular, "Internet Options", which looks very much like a component of IE!
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Old 04. May 2010, 06:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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For anyone who's interested you can view the charts on the netmarketshare site. You can view the 'browser version market share' here

.. and you can view the 'operating system market share' here

You can mouse over the the 'reports' menu at the left hand side of the page and use the drop downs to view other charts and trends for search engines, OS and browsers, although you can't view all of them unless you're registered. Even so, it gives you a bit of insight into what people are using.

Just for those who take an interest in such stuff.
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Thanks deya, this really does put some meat onto my link's bones
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Old 04. May 2010, 10:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Looking at those stats it's interesting to consider why MS are going to launch a new browser this year (IE 9) that 'they say' won't work with XP, which has the largest OS market share by a long way and probably will have for several years to come. As vasa1 and Rizar have mentioned, IE is used in many organisations the world over, and it will be running on XP.

Companies that I know all use XP, although some do now use FF as an alternative to IE, but there is no way they're all going to start using Win 7 any time soon, and none use Vista. A massive percentage of businesses run on XP worldwide, and in the current economic climate none that I know of are looking to change. So why try to keep up with the browser competition by releasing one that doesn't work on maybe three quarters of Windows OS ? I reckon MS will have to have a re think otherwise Chrome, FF etc will be rubbing their hands with glee.

By the way, if anyone is interested, the three PDF's that can be downloaded from the netmarket website make for a good read, especially if you own or maintain websites. Commercial or otherwise.
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I think the choice to not target XP makes sense from a financial sense.
XP, as popular and stable as it may be, is old and it doesnt' make much, if any, money for MS anymore. By leaving them out on new softwares such as IE9 and windows media 12 and coupled with a massive advertising budget, it could be a way of encouraging users to upgrade their systems. (keep up with the jones effect) and make more money for MS. While the transition to Win7 may take some time (though the avg person changes around once every 2-3yrs with the younger generation changing even faster), it is unlikely that MS will lose huge browser shares even if xp can only use versions up to ie8. Afterall, ie6 is still hanging in existence and its unlikely ie8 would just suddenly disappear from xp systems
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I think the choice to not target XP makes sense from a financial sense.
XP, as popular and stable as it may be, is old and it doesnt' make much, if any, money for MS anymore. By leaving them out on new softwares such as IE9 and windows media 12 and coupled with a massive advertising budget, it could be a way of encouraging users to upgrade their systems. (keep up with the jones effect) and make more money for MS. While the transition to Win7 may take some time (though the avg person changes around once every 2-3yrs with the younger generation changing even faster), it is unlikely that MS will lose huge browser shares even if xp can only use versions up to ie8. Afterall, ie6 is still hanging in existence and its unlikely ie8 would just suddenly disappear from xp systems
Let's see. Perhaps, MS may have to come up with a better business model than one which tries to force unnecessary upgrades of operating systems in the name of "user experience".

A similar situation prevails with their Office suite. Quite a few users actually prefer 2003 over the "ribbon" 2007.

As far as the "younger generation" goes, perhaps the varied operating systems for mobile computing may not have them as reliant on MS anymore.
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Okay, here's the link for the StatCounter global stats. This one allows you view things a little more easily by country or contintent. It's best viewed using the bar graph option and then select the region, browser, OS, versions etc, from the drop downs.

I don't have access to as many website stats as I used to but I still do for a handful of sites. They show more hits from FF 3.6 and IE7, on average IE7 being three times more popular than IE8, although there are still many hits from IE6 as well. Hits from Chrome is definitetly on the rise, as are the ones from iPhone and Blackberry which may, or may not, confirm what vasa1 has pointed out. The other browser that registers quite a percentage of hits is Maxthon 2.0, which may surprise a few people.

It's interesting to look at the StatCounter graphs to see the difference in popularity for browsers in different regions and countries. Take the results for Opera, and look at it's popularity in Russia, Ukraine and that region. Then look at the results for Opera in the USA or UK ... I'll use those countries only as an example.

Stats are what they are [boring to most people] but I think if you look at them you'll see that browser trends do alter as newer versions are released, and that people who use the IE alternatives such as Chrome etc are more likely to update and use the latest versions when they become available. On the other hand, IE users appear to be more reluctant to do that and so stick with the older one.

But if you do use the StatCounter link, as I said, tick the bar graph option on the right of the page. It's easier to understand than the default line graphs.

It's just another viewpoint.
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