Internet Explorer Browser Share Falls Below 50%

CNNMoney — “StatCounter, which tracks Internet data, said that Internet Explorer’s share of the browser market fell to 49.9% in September. More people still use IE than any other single browser, but the combined market share of non-Microsoft browsers now outpaces IE. The other browsers have outpaced IE’s innovations, has led Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s (GOOG, Fortune 500) Chrome and Apple’s (AAPL, Fortune 500) Safari browser to eat away at Microsoft’s market share. Internet Explorer’s use has been falling steadily over the past several years.

“This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars,” said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s CEO. “Just two years ago IE dominated the worldwide market with 67%.”

MP: For visitors to Carpe Diem, the share of various IE browsers (6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0) is only 43.3% vs. 32% for Firefox, and 22% for Safari (see chart above). It wasn’t too long ago that Microsoft was accused of being an evil monopolist, and prosecuted for bundling Internet Explorer with its Microsoft Windows operating system, which was supposedly unfair because it restricted the market for competing web browsers.

The end of Microsoft’s dominance for browsers demonstrates that in the long run, vigorous market competition is almost always the best regulator of all, and the consumer’s best friend.

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Affiliation: University of Michigan

Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.

He holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Since 1997, Professor Perry has been a member of the Board of Scholars for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and public policy institute in Michigan.

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1 Comment on Internet Explorer Browser Share Falls Below 50%

  1. IE has been the crappiest browser. It is a developer’s nightmare. Those who still use it have not tried another browser or not savvy enough to download and install another browser.

    Those who have tried another browser, have never again wanted to go back to IE. If IE did not have the enormous Microsoft advantage (and manipulation), it would have been a forgotten product.

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