05 January 2011

Good News in the Browser Wars

From Mashable:

Having overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time, Firefox is currently the number one browser in Europe, according to StatCounter. Firefox has 38.11% of the European market share, while IE is in the second place with 37.52%.
Firefox didn’t experience tremendous growth, however; it merely stood its ground while Google Chrome took the market share away from IE. “This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share,” says StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.
Google Chrome has experienced tremendous growth in Europe in 2010, having jumped to 14.58% market share, compared to just 5.06% in December last year.

I’m glad to see that the turdware known as Internet Explorer is finally going to the basement where it belongs.  Chrome and Firefox are excellent browsers, and IE losing ground to them is exactly what is needed to force Microsoft in the right direction.  My experience with IE9 tells me that Microsoft has taken some pretty solid steps in the right direction.  However, it is still far behind Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and even Safari.

Fortunately, these browser wars will only end up benefitting consumers.

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