Windows powered PCs still account for the majority of devices available around the world despite the growth in Apple branded products being sold. These obviously come preloaded with the default Microsoft internet browser that many users just continue to use. But there are many who download alternative browsers for their PC. One of these Google Chrome has seen its market share rising at the expense of IE.
Microsoft’s default web browser has been losing market share for a while now, but this had halted for one month recently. Now a report here is stating the slide has now continued during December, and if the trend continues it could have less than a fifty percent share by March.
Last month Internet Explorer lost eight-tenths of a percent to finish up with a share of 51.9 percent, and according to Net Applications is a drop of over seven percent during 2011. The service most benefiting from IE’s loses is Google’s Chrome browser, which finished on a record high of 19.1 percent.
It is thought Chrome should break through the twenty percent barrier in the next month or two as more users defect from IE. Microsoft has been seemly unworried about the slide of IE market share, and instead made a point of IE9’s performance on Windows 7. The company feels this is all that matters, and Roger Capriotti of IE said that IE9 will soon overtake IE8 on Windows 7.
Taking into account all operating systems IE9 had an 11.5 percent share during December, which was an increase of 1.2 percent. Microsoft’s most popular browser remained IE8 on 27.3 percent of all those used. Microsoft recently began upgrading older versions of their browser automatically, but it may still not be enough to stop users trying alternatives.
Chrome has seen its figures boosted by users leaving both IE and Mozilla’s Firefox during 2011, which meant a rise of 8.8 percent for the year. During 2011 Firefox lost 1.9 percent finishing on a record low of 21.8 percent for the year.
The way things are going Chrome will gain second place from Firefox by March, and Apple’s Safari browser remained at five percent for December. Opera enjoyed its best increase of the year during December and finished on 1.7 percent.
Have you recently started to use a new web browser?