Bekker's Blog

Blog archive

The IE-Based World May End in 2012

The trend lines look menacing for Internet Explorer's days as the de facto Web browser standard, a role IE held due to its long-standing dominance in market share.

According to figures released by StatCounter for all of 2011, the Google Chrome browser ended the year with 27 percent of global share, while Microsoft's IE closed out with 39 percent. At the beginning of 2011, Chrome claimed 16 percent of global share and IE had 46 percent share.

It follows other recent Chrome milestones noted by StatCounter, including eclipsing Firefox as the No. 2 worldwide browser in November and Chrome 15 becoming the most popular Web browser version for the first time on a weekly basis in mid-December. (Chrome overtook IE 8 for the weekly win.)

On the StatCounter chart, Chrome's rising line looks sure to intersect with IE's falling one sometime in 2012 -- and it looks like it will happen earlier in the year rather than later.

To be sure, as other media outlets have noted, StatCounter isn't the only word on browser share. At the end of the year, Net Applications put IE's overall share at 52 percent, Firefox's at 22 percent and Chrome's at 19 percent.

Nonetheless, IE has been losing share at a relatively unchecked rate for years now. While the market researchers may differ about the rate of decline, the fact is that on at least one of the two major measures, Microsoft probably won't hold the lead at the end of 2012. Big shift.

StatCounter
[Click on image for larger view.]
Top five browsers of 2011. Source: StatCounter

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 03, 2012 at 11:58 AM


Featured

  • The 2020 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From the next major update to Windows 10 to the next generations of .NET and PowerShell, here's what's on tap from Microsoft this year.

  • 2020 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss. (Now updated with COVID-19-related event changes.)

  • Microsoft Closing Most of Its Retail Stores

    Microsoft on Friday announced a major shift in its retail operations, with plans to close most of its physical Microsoft Store outlets in favor of online sales.

  • Matrix

    Microsoft, Harvard Describe Joint Privacy Initiative

    To facilitate data sharing while still preserving data privacy, Microsoft and Harvard have embarked on a set of open source tool called the "OpenDP Initiative."

RCP Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.