Back in 2003, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer accounted for 95 per cent of the web browser market. Not so any more.
The latest statistics from measurement firm NetApplications show that IE is down to 59.9 per cent of the market. Firefox is gaining on it, with 24.5 per cent. Third place goes to Google Chrome, with 6.7 per cent – though this seems tiny, it’s rising fast, being up from 1.7 per cent twelve months ago.
Experts are in agreement that, unsurprisingly, this shift is due to security concerns. The recent kerfuffle wherein users of IE6 were advised to switch browsers hasn’t helped.
“There were a lot of people using IE6 and some will have said that if they are going to change, they may as well look at some alternatives,” said Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann.
Here’s the top ten, for those of you who like a little stattage.
- Internet Explorer – 59.9%
- Firefox – 24.5%
- Chrome – 6.7%
- Safari – 4.7%
- Opera – 2.3%
- Opera Mini – 0.7%
- Netscape – 0.46%
- Mozilla – 0.16%
- Flock – 0.06%
- Lunascape – 0.04%