Opera and Firefox gain at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
In accordance with the European Union, Microsoft had to do something to create more distance between Windows and Internet Explorer as well as give more room for competing web browsers. Now with the Browser Ballot screen up and running, tracking firms have already observed a decline in Internet Explorer's market share.
According to Reuters, reporting from statistics tracked by Statcounter, Internet Explorer's share in March dropped in France by 2.5 percentage points from February, in Britain by 1 percentage point and in Italy by 1.3 points.
Even though those are just small percentages off from Microsoft's share, it's resulted in doubling – and in some countries tripling – of downloads for the Opera browser. Mozilla, which holds second place in the browser popularity contest, said that it has seen strong growth of Firefox.