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IE, Firefox at virtual tie in Europe


I mentioned in a previous blog post that Firefox was about to overtake Internet Explorer in market share in Europe (based on the data by StatCounter). Well, today, Firefox and IE are at a virtual tie (see below). Well, Firefox is actually 0.05% higher than IE, but the margin is so small that Firefox can’t yet be considered #1.

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So, as of right now, the browser rankings in Europe are:

  1. Firefox and IE
  2. Opera
  3. Google Chrome
  4. Safari

And the worldwide browser rankings are:

  1. IE
  2. Firefox
  3. Opera
  4. Safari
  5. Chrome

Firefox 3.0 is currently at a virtual tie in market share with Internet Explorer 7.0., followed by (the ancient) IE 6, IE 8, Firefox 3.5 (just released a few days ago), Chrome 2.0, Opera 9.6, and Firefox 2.0. Again, this is StatCounter data. Net Applications is currently reviewing their market share data.

Still, think about this: Microsoft has 90,000 employees and makes $60 billion annually. Mozilla has 114 employees and makes $74 million annually. The fact that Mozilla is ahead of Microsoft in a developed market like Europe is incredible.

But there’s still one thing that’s bothering me: who is using Internet Explorer 6? The number of IE6 users has flattened out, and its market share is going down (because of the growth of the Internet). IE6 has numerous security holes, and poor support for web standards. Users would be better off using any modern web browser: Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome, or newer versions of Internet Explorer. .Net Magazine recently launched a campaign called Bring Down IE 6, which advocates phasing out Internet Explorer 6 and having users upgrade to modern browsers.

According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer 8 recently passed IE6 in market share, making it the least used IE version with significant usage. Internet Explorer 8 gaining market share among Internet Explorer users is a good thing: It has better security and support for web standards (IE6 scores a 4 / 100 on the Acid3 web standards test). Hopefully we’ll see IE6 users upgrading to newer versions of IE or alternative web browsers (many of which are more secure than any version of Internet Explorer).

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