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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

Jan 2, 2012 5:35 pm
Internet Explorer Down, But Primed for Rebound

By Tony Bradley, PCWorld

To quote LL Cool J, ?Don?t call it a comeback.? Yes, Internet Explorer has been consistently shedding market share to rival browsers -- primarily Google Chrome -- but that is part of a calculated risk by Microsoft, and 2012 could be the year the tide turns.

According to stats from Net Applications, Internet Explorer lost nearly seven percentage points of market share in 2011, finishing the year precariously close to falling below 50 percent in the near future. However, during that same timeframe, Internet Explorer 9 jumped nearly 11 percentage points, an important trend for Microsoft.

When you look at the big picture, Internet Explorer definitely lost market share in 2011, Firefox was down, but relatively steady, and Chrome jumped by just under eight percentage points to finish 2011 at 19.11 percent. Essentially, Chrome ate up the market share that was lost by Internet Explorer and Firefox.

That is obviously good news for Chrome, and that trend may even continue for a while. But, if you look at the underlying browser versions, and the driving force behind the migration from Internet Explorer to Chrome, the trend will likely reverse course as Windows 7 continues to supplant Windows XP.

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