With the latest browser market share statistics now available, it is becoming apparent that the infamous ‘browser war’ is all but over. Market share as at the end of October shows Chrome achieving a new milestone, breaching 30% for the first time, while Firefox’s market share creeps ever closer toward a disastrous single digit:
Comparing Firefox and Chrome’s market share from November 2013 to today shows an overall massive 23% swing in favor of Chrome during the past 2 years – bearing in mind that, in a market place involving millions of users, even a single percentage point represents significant numbers.
Internet Explorer still leads the pack, largely due to the fact that it has always been built into Windows and therefore readily available, but I wonder for how much longer?
With Internet Explorer virtually “hidden” in Windows 10, it’s obvious that Microsoft is keen on phasing out the old browser in favor of its new “Edge” browser. However, I doubt Edge will ever achieve the same level of market penetration as Internet Explorer has enjoyed for so long.
With Microsoft’s earlier promise of extensions availability now on hold until at least the middle of next year, plus Cortana’s limited availability, Edge certainly hasn’t started well. One would have thought that “missing the boat” so many times during the past few years might have impacted on Microsoft’s thinking but, alas, the Edge extensions fiasco and limited accessibility to Cortana, prove otherwise.
It all sounds very much like another victory for Google to me, with Chrome set to become the dominant browser of choice. What do you think?