May 24, 2019

Internet Explorer usage drops below 50 percent

At this rate Internet Explorer might end up consigned to exploring the bottom of a trash can.

Microsoft’s once dominant Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time according to StatCounter.

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that Microsoft IE fell to 49.87% in September followed by Firefox with 31.5%. Google’s Chrome continues to increase market share at an impressive rate and has more than tripled from 3.69% in September 2009 to 11.54% in September this year.

StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen says “This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars. Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%.”

He added that Microsoft’s agreement with European Commission competition authorities to offer EU users a choice and menu of browsers from March may have tipped IE below 50% globally.

In Europe, IE market share has fallen to 40.26% in September this year from 46.44% in September last year. In North America IE is still above 50% at 52.3% followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%.

It was not that long ago that Microsoft was the big bad wolf forcing customers to have Internet Explorer with their Microsoft products. But several court cases later and we see their market share ebbing away.

Goes to show that what goes around comes around. Microsoft was only too happy to wipe the floor with Netscape through monopolistic manipulation of the market. Now they are reaping what they have sown with savvy users hooking up to products with cooler features and less strings attached.