Is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer doomed? If so, Steve Jobs is partly to blame

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“New data suggests that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still losing market share, primarily to the open-source Firefox browser,” Tim Beyers writes for The Motley Fool.

“StatCounter, an analytics firm, says that Firefox’s share of the browser market now stands at 32.06%, up almost seven percentage points from last November. Internet Explorer’s share fell more than 12 percentage points over the same period,” Beyers writes. “Firefox isn’t the only winner here. Apple’s Safari made modest gains [2.49% in Nov. ’08 to 3.67% in Nov. ’09], and Google’s Chrome browser gained almost as much as Firefox did — up to 5.34% from 0.93% last November.”

MacDailyNews Note: StatCounter’s reports Mobile Browser use separately. Apple’s Mobile Safari (iPhone+iPod touch) is #1 with 31.70%. See figures for other mobile browsers below.

Beyers continues, “Blame it on Steve Jobs. We don’t know precisely why IE is losing share, but Macs could be part of the problem. Apple has gained share from smaller PC market rivals this year, and it’s putting pressure on leaders Dell and Hewlett-Packard in the process. Macs don’t use IE. They haven’t for years. Each user that switches from PC to Mac also switches from IE to … something else.”

“Serious Mac addicts will tell you that Safari is the platform’s best browser. It certainly performs well enough on my aging MacBook Pro. But it also isn’t my primary choice. Firefox is, because it’s both browser and platform… Safari doesn’t dabble in plug-ins and extensions the way that Firefox does,” Beyers writes.

“Microsoft investors have reason to worry,” Beyers writes. “This is a war, and it’s being fought in the browser. The most functional environment for cloud computing will win this conflict.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: For December 2009, StatCounter’s Mobile Browser figures are as follows:
• Mobile Safari – 31.70%
  – iPhone – 22.21%
  – iPod touch – 9.49%
• Opera – 26.67%
• Nokia – 19.05%
• BlackBerry – 9.26%
• NetFront – 3.36%
• Android – 3.97%
• Sony PSP – 1.54%
• Openwave – 1.13%
• Other – 3.30%

See StatCounter’s graph here.


  1. Internet Explorer is losing because it’s a lousy browser. MS continues to ignore web standards while Firefox, Safari, Chrome and others embrace them. IE is slow and does not display many pages correctly unless programmers incorporate IE hacks to combat the bugs.

    Of course, the popularity of Apple is chipping away at Windows sales and IE use as well.

  2. As a total n00bie, with an early generation iMac, I was having problems with erratic behavior of Navigator, . . . and maybe even a few other apps. This was at a time when IE was also bundled on these machines.

    I was advised to root through my machine and trash anything with the Microsoft name attached. It took a couple of tries, but the problems cleared up.

    I primarily use Safari, but Firefox next to it, on my Dock.

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