IE Drops Below 30% Market Share for First Time in 15 Years

While it has been fairly clear that StatCounter is counting some page views it should not count for calculating the browser's market share, it is apparent that the overall trend of browser market share is going upwards for Chrome, while IE is the only browser out there that is losing market share at a rapid pace.

Last weekend, IE dropped for the first time on StatCounter's charts and, according to my own personal records, is for the first time in 15 years below 30 percent market share. Last Sunday, the browser held 29.40 percent on StatCounter's charts, while Chrome climbed to a new record of 34.55 percent. Firefox, Safari and Opera are showing flat market share developments this month, while IE is down dramatically. On average, IE had just 32.70 percent share, followed by Chrome with 32.05 percent, Firefox with 25.32 percent, Safari with 7.16 percent and Opera with 1.75 percent.

Chrome appears to be on track to exceed IE's market share in the longer term by June. The takeaway is, of course, not the absolute number, but the indication that IE is currently the only browser that cannot hold onto its user base.

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  • willard
    IE has come a long way, but I think it's a case of "damage done" after Microsoft failed to make any significant improvements for the better part of a decade, and allowed major security problems to go unaddressed for just as long.

    The IE brand is just irreparably tarnished.
  • Nakal
    You have to realize, many enterprise environments use IE as their standard browser. We still have a small few still on IE6 because of some legacy applications written by the Federal Government or now defunct private entity requires it. And the cost to replace is prohibitive, especially if for all intents and purposes, it still works.
  • ubercake
    Google has ways of getting their browser installed on user machines without them knowing it (ie default checkbox when installing java or some other software). Most people are ignorant to the fact they are opening a different browser altogether once that happens.
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  • spookyman
    Well maybe if it didn't suck so much more people would use IE.
  • whimseh
    Can't believe it was even near 30% in the first place. Who uses IE? Only old people and the technologically impaired.
  • classzero
    Death to IE. It's the only non cross-platform browser left.