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IE Resumes Downhill Trends as Chrome inches to a 20 Percent Share

Former browser leader Internet Explorer (IE) of Microsoft resume its market share dive in December, eight-tenths of a percent to set the stage to a lower than 50% market share for the first time forecasted in March if the trend continues., This comes after starting to lose the browsers wars first to Mozilla Firefox and now to Google Chrome.

November saw the descent rate take a standstill, the one month of the year when IIE didn’t lose a market share point. It resumed its losing streak in December after entering the month with just a 51.9% market share. This was reported by Net Applications, a metrics company based in California. For 2011, the company has seen more than a seven point drop in its market share.

On the other hand, Microsoft’s loss was Google’s gain as its Chrome browser grew nine-tenths of a percent to end 2011 with a record market share of 19.1%. Net Application predicts Chrome will reach or break the 20% mark either in January or February.

But the Redmond software giant remains unfazed. Rather than delve on its browser’s market slide, it continued to point to the new IE 9 on the Windows 7 OS as a better measures. According to Roger Capriotte, the Microsoft’s IE marketing head in his blog said: “Based on where the December data currently stands, we’re pleased to say IE9 … will soon take the top spot from IE8 on Windows 7, with usage share expected to come in at nearly 25.6 percent this month.”

On all OS platforms, IE9 maintained an 11.5 % market share in December, increasing just 1.2 percentage points over the previous month, while IE8 held on to a 27.3% share, more than half of all IE versions, to make it the most popular browser todate. The defections are clearly to Google Chrome’s benefit, along with those from Mozilla’s Firefox which dropped three-tenths of a percent in December, ending with net 1.9% reduction in its market share for the entire 2011. According to Net Applications, Firefox now has 21.8% of the browser market, a new low for Mozilla, and is expected to lose its second place spot to Chrome by March 2012. But according to rival metric company StatCounter, Chrome has already taken over Firefox’s second place.