Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time according to StatCounter. The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, finds that Microsoft IE fell to 49.87% in September followed by Firefox with 31.5%. Google’s Chrome continues to increase market share at an impressive rate and has more than tripled from 3.69% in September 2009 to 11.54% in September this year.
IE has been on the decline for a few years now with the emergence of broswers such as Firefox, Safari, and Google’s new kid on the block Chrome. What makes this decline notable is that fact that just two years ago IE controlled almost 70% of the entire worldwide browser market, though that whole EU anti-competitive spat may have been what finally tipped the balance.
In Europe, IE market share has fallen to 40.26% in September this year from 46.44% in September last year. In North America IE is still above 50% at 52.3% followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%.
The browser wars are definitely back, who do you think will finally be victorious?