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Old 10th August 2006, 01:22 PM
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Microsoft Internet Explorer has substantially lost ground in recent months to Firefox within the user community.

A whopping 37% of users are now browsing with Firefox. Another six per cent use Apple Safari.

Firefox now only has a 16% gap to close until it is equal to Internet Explorer at 53% (assuming, of course, Internet Explorer doesn’t lose any more users to Firefox).

Ongoing Vista delays won’t help Internet Explorer’s standing in browser usage statistics, nor will news that IE7 is barely more CSS compliant than IE6 — it is only 54% CSS 2.1 complaint, compared to IE6 at 52% and Firefox at 93% by one tally.

Longtime Microsoft advocate Paul Thurrot even went so far as say IE was a “cancer on the web that must be stopped” this week.

Clearly,’s stats are indicative of the fact that most readers are well informed on the various alternative browsers and therefore a larger than normal proportion of our readership has opted for an alternative browser.

However, as a counterbalance, consider that is an associate site of NineMSN, which, as it’s part-owned by Microsoft, naturally gets a lot of Internet Explorer user traffic due to referrals from various Microsoft websites. Therefore, the fact that Internet Explorer is only 53 per cent of the total is actually surprisingly low.

Will Microsoft’s plan to push IE7 out onto all XP users’ PCs via automatic download do anything to stem the tide of users flowing over to Firefox? Our suspicion is that IE7 will be arriving at the party after everyone has gone home.

Microsoft can add tabbed browsing and a phishing filter, but it can’t quickly stimulate the user community to produce the same number of useful extensions that are available for Firefox quickly, nor will it be able to render standards-compliant web pages properly, it seems.

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2 Responses to “ readers: 37% Firefox”

In the past, all the browsing software was very expensive to buy, remember Netscape Navigator? that browser was given as a trial software for an specified time, then you had to buy it, as I said it was expensive, and they were making new revisions and updates that cost as much to the point it was not feasible to use the Internet, because a bunch of foolish arrogants viewed it as a goldmine to exploit the users.
Until it came a champion to change all that, yes I acknowledge Microsoft for introducing it’s Internet Explorer browser free for all and banquishing Netscape to dust.
times have changed, Microsoft has become an arrogant software entity, they dont recognise the needs of their user base and they are now that big monopolist monster; they are dictating their rules upon us.
Course Microsoft for all the suffering done ib selling their software at overinflated prices, if Linux could equal Windows on everything then you could have a real choice and tell farewell Microsoft!

halcon on August 10th, 2006 at 2:11 pm Permalink

Dan also forgot to mention that IE7+ uses about the same amount of memory as a game of Counterstrike: Source - currently my IE7 browser is using 134MB of memory, where as a firefox session viewing the same tabs uses around 30MB.

I mean c’mon! its just viewing pages!

Rob Di Toro on August 10th, 2006 at 4:21 pm Permalink
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