December saw, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer losing some part of its share in browser market to Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s FIreFox and Google’s Chrome. This data is tracked on a regular basis by Web Analytics Company Net Applications. IE was use by 68.15% of web visitors down from 69.77% a month earlier. Drop in IE’s market share has been on account of continual rise in market share of FireFox, Safari and Chrome. Launched in September 2008, Google’s Chrome has risen to 1.04% within no time. Firefox has also been eating away IE’s share in the browser market. Firefox’s share rose from 20.78% to 21.34%, within a month’s time.
Net Applications, put in a word of caution here. December being a holiday month, residential uasges may have scored over workplace usages. Thus this might have had some bearing on the results. But the alarming fact is that IE has dropped close to 9% of its market share since the beginning of 2008. But it is not easy the dethrone IE from its position of market leader as IE comes bundled with Microsoft’s OS. Unless Google or Mozilla find out some way to package their browsers with PC and Laptops, IE will continue to hold sway over others.