Internaut IQ update - February
Internet Explorer gains popularity in World market for
the first time in almost a year! Picking up over 3/4 of a
percentage point. FireFox lost a full percentage point last month
to be the ONLY loser in the Browser Market share game as Chrome, Opera
and Safari each showed modest (less than a quarter of a point)
from CIA shows massive Internet Explorer gain, and largest Firefox loss
ever by Sebastian Anthony on March 1,
2011 at 06:15 AM
The CIA tracks Internet-connected users around the world and released
their findings recently. China added 200 million new netizens since
their last survey, and has the worst record of respect for End User
License Agreements in the world. Not even Russia can compete with
China for pirated copies of major software packages and Operating
Sebastian postulates the primary reason for China's use of IE is piracy
and there are good statistics to back him up.
Netmarketshare shows WinXP with over half of the market share in
February and very little drop since January's stats, this despite the
fact that we
haven't been able to buy a license to WinXP for almost three years
now. I've always contended that criminality and supidity go hand
in hand. And stupidity is definitely my favorite excuse for IE's
popularity, but marketing also plays an important role and Microsoft is
definitely throwing a lot of resources into promoting their next bundle
promises called IE9. But what is Microsoft really selling?
IE9 runs on Windows OS right? WinOS has over 3/4 market share,
right? Oops, wait a
minute, IE9 won't install on WinXP.
Better call that 30% of the Operating System market share that CAN
install their newest browser offering because WinXP (even after a
decade) just won't go away. Sure, Win7 is making gains, but it's
taking those gains from Win Vista, not WinXP and certainly not from Mac
OS X. So, if the IE browser is really going to compete in the
Browser wars, Microsoft is
relying on their IE8 product which scored 20/100 on the Acid3 test.
Not really what you'd call a winning strategy if you incorporate iPhone
and the Mobile Market into the equation.
I'm quite confident Microsoft was responsible for FireFox's severe dip
in popularity last year with their Internet
Safety FUD campaign for IE8
which ultimately didn't shore up IE's market penetration, but
definitely halted FireFox's bid for 25% share. Now I'm having my
doubts that FireFox will ever be able to recover given the squeeze
they're getting from Chrome and Safari. But I can say with a fair
degree of confidence Internet Explorer's dominance is not only on the
wane, it will continue to diminish in the months to come given
Redmond's myopic vision of exploiting the WinOS exclusively.
definitely living in interesting times.
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