Microsoft continues to take its browser dominance for granted, and it’s starting to get spanked as a result.
The market share of Internet Explorer has been slipping since June, and the latest figures show that the decline continues. According to the firm WebSideStory, IE was used by 95.5 percent of all users in June, 93.7 percent of all users in September, and 92.9 percent in October.
Mozilla and Firefox have been taking away Microsoft’s market share. Their use grew to 6 percent in October, up from 5.2 percent in September and 3.5 percent in June. October’s six percent was split evenly between Mozilla and Firefox.
Expect Firefox’s numbers to go up even more, as the final official release hits on November 9. The Mozilla Foundation has also raised over $250,000 in donations, which it will use to promote use of Firefox. Firefox has already been downloaded over 7 million times.
It’s true that Internet Explorer still dominates the Web, but years ago, Netscape similarly dominated, until it was flattened by Internet Explorer. IE beat out Netscape not because of Microsoft’s marketing muscle (although that certainly helped), but because it was simply a better browser.
But Firefox is a far superior browser to Explorer - it’s safer, faster, smaller, and includes modern features like tabbed browsing, as well as extensions.
It’s hard to know why Microsoft has allowed IE to stagnate. And it’s good to see that users are getting the message that there’s a better browser out there, and are turning to Firefox.
If you haven’t tried Firefox yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Because of Microsoft’s laziness, it’s the best browser out there.
What do you think about IE? What about Firefox? Let me know.