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Internet Explorer lost 20% market share in the last 2 years

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DQI Bureau
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Worlds most famous browser is on a steady decline in India if one believes

the data and reports generated by StatCounter, NetApplications, and several

other sources. Reports from StatCounter suggest that IE lost almost 20% market

share in India in the past two years. The reports also suggest that IE has lost

a major chunk of the share globally too. Other Internet browsers that have

picked up pace in India as well as globally have been Google Chrome, Mozilla

Firefox, and Safari.

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Reasons for Decline



The numbers are getting worse for Microsofts Internet Explorer month after

month. Some major reasons for the decline have been routed to IEs exposure to

security vulnerabilities and its inability to regularly come up with upgrades. A

security flaw revealed few months back by Microsoft affected IE6, IE7, and IE8

on Windows XP as well as IE7 and IE8 on Vista and Windows 7 if the protected

mode has been disabled (though protected mode is turned on by default). The flaw

would allow a hacker to access any file on the system by forcing IE to

incorrectly render data from local files, exposing it to outside parties.

Secondly, other browsers have regularly upgraded features and have done

add-ons making it more user friendly; while IE has gone slow on regular

upgradation. Microsofts Internet Explorer (IE) web browser now accounts for

less than 60% of the market, down from 95% when it was at its peak in 2003,

according to new figures. Apple remains a key rival for Microsoft in the browser

market as it has seen its Safari browser gain good market share. Interestingly,

the two rivals have also come together when it comes to supporting the HTML5 web

standards.

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How the World

Browses
Name of

Browser

Current Worldwide Market Share

Internet

Explorer
59.95%
Mozilla Firefox 24.59%
Chrome 6.73%
Safari 4.72%
Opera 2.30%
Opera Mini 0.79%
Netscape 0.46%
Flock 0.06%
Lunascape 0.04%
ACCESS NetFront 0.04%
Konqueror 0.04%
Playstation 0.04%

How the World Browses

Name of

Browser

Current Worldwide Market Share

Obigo

0.01%

Danger Web Browser

0.01%

Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer

0.01%

Blazer

0.01%

WebTV

0.01%

BlackBerry

0.01%

Lotus Notes

0.01%

iCab

0.01%

MaxThon

0.04%

Conclusion



Internet Explorer has certainly lost a chunk of its market share to its
competitors due to the factors mentioned above. The competition is going to be

more tough in the coming years as by 2011, many more mobile browsers are also

entering the battlefield and going to gain market share. Thus, only a change in

the right direction can help IE gain more share in the market.

PC Suraj



surajp@cybermedia.co.in

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