It seems that tech giant Microsoft is going through some very rough patches. After closing down one of its companies and the leader of that team resigning, it has also lost in the browser popularity race, something it has been lording for decades.
Internet Explorer below 50% market share
Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer, or more popularly known by its acronym IE, has decreased beneath the level of 50% of the global market for the first instance in history according to StatCounter. The research branch of the company, StatCounter Global Stats, discovered that Microsoft IE came down to 49.87% in September, with Firefox tailing closely with 31.5%. Meanwhile, Chrome by Google keeps on increasing its share of the market at an astonishing rate and has more than tripled it from 3.69% in September of last year to 11.54% in the same month this year.
Department of Justice Unsuccessful
While the Department of Justice did its best but was unsuccessful in busting Microsoft’s web browser dominance even though it had succeeded in its antitrust suit versus Microsoft, open-source software systems are at long last breaking up Microsoft’s one-time robust grip on web browsers. Firefox and, just recently, Google and its Chrome web browser have pulled off its attempt to lever Microsoft’s hold from around the hands of the users. THE IE dominance, apparently, was only broken when the two did what they had to do: gave their target customers better products.
The rise of the competition
When Firefox first made its appearance in 2004, it was a web browser-only byproduct of the all-in-one Mozilla Internet applications program package. At that time, Internet Explorer was practically untouchable with more than 80% of the web browser market. But even before its first version was introduced to the public, they already took notice of the product. Firefox was gaining a following because of its better features – it was quicker and more dependable. Moreover, its XML User Interface Language (XUL) had opened the possibility of adding themes and features for both developers and users. With that, the users got accustomed to demanding more from their web browsers.
As such, Firefox has slowly been eating the huge stronghold of the Internet Explorer. In response, IE7 and IE8 have been introduced, much to the delight of users who were not too thrilled with the disaster that was IE 6. While IE has been trying to play catch-up to Firefox’s superior features, Google was also getting ready to introduce its radically speedy web browser: Chrome.
Will IE love ever return?
Like its Firefox competitor, the Chrome’s first release was already a winner, and since then has only gotten better. Users are quick to point out that they have switched to Chrome, mostly from IE, because it is faster. As a result, IE has been losing market share, which has been funneled to Chrome. IE9, despite getting good reviews, will be offered to users of Windows Vista and Windows 7 only. Microsoft did not even consider that Windows XP users are currently 60 percent of the market. By the time XP users will transfer to Windows 7, they would have been so used to Firefox or Chrome already that it is believed that IE9 will be left unused in their computers.