It wasn’t that long ago that your choice of Web browsers were Internet Explorer (IE) and, ah, uh, a sadly out of date Netscape Navigator or the then obscure Opera. IE was the Web browser, but then along came Firefox in 2004, and everything changed. Today, IE may finally be on its way to losing its market-share leadership position to Firefox.
According to a pair of research firms, StatCounter and Net Application, IE is sinking fast, while Google’s Chrome is gaining rapidly at IE’s expense.
By Net Application’s Web browser reckoning, IE’s market-share has dropped to 57.1%, an all-time low. Chrome’s market-share, in the meantime, has climbed above 10% for the first time. Apple’s Safari is also showing strong gains by reaching the 5.9% mark.
“Safari!?” you ask? Based on my analysis of the numbers, Safari is gaining not because it’s suddenly appearing on more PCs, but because of the incredible growth of the iOS-powered devices, the iPod Touch, the iPhone, and the iPad. The Web, you see, really is going mobile, and it’s not just in the U.S. with all the rich kids trying out their new iPads. China, India, the most popular Web platform in the twenty-teens may well turn out to be mobile devices, not PCs.
Firefox and Opera also gained some as well on IE, but overall Net Application’s numbers showed Firefox losing 1.8 % during 2010, with Opera also losing a tiny amount. IE, however, was the big loser.