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Firefox, Safari, Chrome Gain; IE Continues to Fall

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When Google’s Chrome first launched it made a huge splash. In the first couple of days, early adopters shifted from Internet Explorer and Firefox to check out the latest browser to hit the market.

Are other browser options more attractive than IE?Are other browser options more attractive than IE?That said, once the first week was over, the figures settled down. Those who wanted to stick with Chrome did and those who were just trying out the browser to see what Google had come up with had migrated back to either Firefox or IE.

When numbers were first released after the first week of launch, reports suggested that Internet Explorer was hit the worst. Nearly all of the users switching to Chrome were migrating from IE. CNet today reports that IE has lost even more ground in the browser war with Firefox, Safari and Chrome gaining fast.

According to CNet, IE’s market share has dropped for the seventh consecutive month and the browser saw a 1 percent drop in both October and November. Internet Explorer now has 67.55 percent of the global browser market share while Firefox accounts for 21.53 percent of the market. Apple's Safari claims 8.29 percent, up a significant percentage and likely correlated to the growth in Mac sales. Chrome has just 1.12 percent but still beats out Opera which clocks in at 0.7 percent.

For the full story check out CNet. Which is your browser of choice and why?

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    jrabbitb , February 3, 2009 2:09 PM
    i'm sticking with firefox from loyalty to their awesomeness thus far. chrome could get me if they hit the news with something interesting enough to try again.
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    arges86 , February 3, 2009 2:16 PM
    firefox has the best user support base, and amount of 3rd party add ons
    Somethings that will be hard to top by the other browsers
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    StupidRabbit , February 3, 2009 2:28 PM
    what?? my beloved opera has only 0.7%?? such a great browser that was one of the first browsers to use tabs and came up with so many features like the "speed-dial" screen and, my favorite, "duplicate tab" that duplicates the tab with the whole history, is on the bottom... ofcourse they messed up with the new skin, but they have an option to turn it to the old one. i hope opera 10 will be more popular.
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    Spikke , February 3, 2009 2:34 PM
    Opera is still the best.
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    neodawg , February 3, 2009 2:39 PM
    I wind up using IE, FF, and Chrome....granted Chrome needs some fine tuning but i like it, FF is a good safe browser, but its terribly slow at opening and page loading, IE is normally what I click by default just because of the almost guaranteed compatablity of it.

    I like the picture in the article ;) 
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    JMcEntegart , February 3, 2009 2:41 PM
    @neodawg: Figured you guys might.
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    Spikke , February 3, 2009 2:45 PM
    I'm slowly being persuaded to switch back to IE, Microsoft's marketing team are geniuses. If only they had thought to put Vista on that shirt, they wouldn't have to come out with 7 so soon.
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    runmymouth , February 3, 2009 2:59 PM
    I only use FF and IE. Some things still only work in IE. Safari crashes on my iphone every 5 minutes and chrome is still too new to be a serious web browser for me.
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    zak_mckraken , February 3, 2009 3:00 PM
    From what I'm seeing here, IE is still attractive. very attractive...
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    waikano , February 3, 2009 3:03 PM
    FireFox mostly on my PC and Safari on my Mac, but I use IE for testing our App and have IE Tabs for Firefox on my PC for stuff that doesn't like the Moz Engine.
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    Niva , February 3, 2009 3:05 PM
    IE definitely looks good in this post!
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    Greatwalrus , February 3, 2009 3:09 PM
    I think it's mostly because people are getting tired of having IE pre-installed on their computer. They might feel like they're stuck with it to browse the internet. Then, when Google announced Chrome, ignorant people were like "wow, I have a choice other than IE?" And thus some of them migrated to Chrome.
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    Anonymous , February 3, 2009 3:12 PM
    firefox. but i would switch to chrome when they fix the many bugs that it has. opera is good too. i some times use that too.
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    sacre , February 3, 2009 3:23 PM
    Opera. Its the fastest, aside from Safari it has some good speed. Its reliable, the Tab and Quicklaunch page are just beautiful. All around excellent Browser. Firefox is ok.. to me its a recolored IE.
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    TheFace , February 3, 2009 3:31 PM
    I use FF (3.1 B2) on my mac and my PC. It's fast, stable, and not run on 2/3 of the computers out there. The fact that it's not the most-used web browser brings with it some security associations. (People are less likely to code for a FF exclusive loophole than an IE one just because of user base). I never really got into using Safari, as I was so used to using FF, I installed it right away on my mac. I have IE8 on my pc, but I only use that when I need to, as some websites still only allow that.

    I have Opera on my blackberry, as it seems to display certain web pages better than the normal BB web browser. It's cludgy though.
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    T-Bone , February 3, 2009 4:01 PM
    Chrome, all the way. FF & IE are way too slow at everything (FF being slightly faster); Safari blows: it crashes way too often. Uninstalled Safari and thinking of removing FF soon. Only use IE when certain sites don't support Chrome (or Chrome has bug); but I always check with FF and it seems that FF also doesn't always support some pages. Let's see what IE 8 has in store but I'll stick with Chrome.
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    crom , February 3, 2009 4:05 PM
    Firefox. No contest. There are so many plugins available for it, you can fine tune it for speed, and with the right plugins, its the most secure browser out there. The only time I ever touch IE is for web testing. Even then, I run it virtually.
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    zak_mckraken , February 3, 2009 4:08 PM
    I use IE mainly (if not only) because it's embedded in Windows. It has its advantages but I do have the feeling that I'm stuck with it. I tried Firefox and I loved it but I just don't like having 2 browsers installed.

    Plus, it's only web browsing. As long as it's light and fast and has tab-browsing, it's all I need.
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    bourgeoisdude , February 3, 2009 4:18 PM
    I use IE, mostly because I've been using it since 1996 and it's hard to switch. That and the Firefox fanatics bug the cr$p out of me. I don't really have anything else against it though.
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    cknobman , February 3, 2009 4:44 PM
    Chrome all the way. There are still a few sites not 100% compatible but Chrome is fast and the most user friendly of all the browsers.

    Firefox? LOL please
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