|Internet Explorer’s Market Share Under 50%|
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October 07, 2010
Boston - Despite Windows 7 and the millions of dollars invested by Microsoft to convince Internet users that their browser is the fastest, a study by StatCounter, a web statistic company, revealed that Bill Gates company’s browser for the first time since 1998 fell under 50% of the global market share.
According to the monitoring company, Microsoft’s browser achieved a 49.87% market share, followed by Mozilla’s Firefox with 31.5% and a 11.54% with Google’s Chrome.
“This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars,” said the CEO of StatCounter, Aodhan Cullen, adding that “two years ago Internet Explorer dominated the world market with 67%.”
Cullen stressed that Internet Explorer’s decline may be due in part to the company agreement with the European Union, which forced Windows operating system to offer a choice of browsers, so that users can themselves choose which browser to use.
In Europe, IE’s share is now to 40.26%, while U.S. preferences were above 50%.
The fastest browser growth was experienced by Chrome from Google, which jumped from a 3.69% stake in September 2009 to 11.54% the same month in 2010.
Since the release of Internet Explorer 4.0, the leader in the “browser wars” has been Microsoft’s browser, which despite being criticized by many experts, is still preferred by the majority of Internet users.