“A series of highly publicized security vulnerabilities found in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser may be having an effect on the browser’s market share, according to data compiled by WebSideStory, a San Diego Web metrics company. Over the last month, Internet Explorer’s share of the browser market dropped by 1 percent, the first noticeable decline since WebSideStory began tracking the browser market in late 1999,” Robert McMillan reports for IDG News Service.
“‘It’s the first time that we’ve seen a sustained trend downward for them,’ said Geoff Johnston, an analyst with WebSideStory. ‘We have a very steady trend. It’s been about a month, and every day we have a steady incremental change,'” McMillan reports.
“Internet Explorer has held more than 95 percent of the browser market since June 2002, and until June had remained steady with about 95.7 percent of the browser market, according to WebSideStory’s measurements. Over the last month, however, its market share has slowly dropped from 95.73 percent on June 4 to 94.73 percent on July 6,” McMillan reports. “A loss of 1 percent of the market may not mean much to Microsoft, but it translates into a large growth, proportionately, in the number of users running Mozilla and Netscape-based browsers. Mozilla and Netscape’s combined market share has increased by 26 percent, rising from 3.21 percent of the market in June to 4.05 percent in July, Johnston said.”
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