Internet Explorer on pace to drop below 50-percent share by 2011
Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:57 PM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 01:51 PM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 01:56 PM
It's the trend that's important. Every other measurement site has been showing consistent loss in IE share for several years.
See, for example:
Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:38 PM
IE6 doesn't support browser standards. If it had 95% of market share, and if many web sites used features found only in IE6, then people would feel pressured to use the Microsoft operating system, so that they could use IE6. (I think that was the case a few years ago.)
But IE is becoming more and more standards-compliant. So what's the advantage to Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc. of large numbers of people using their web browser?
Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:24 PM
I do some intranet programming at work, and we're on IE6. Recently however, some of my testers are reporting missing buttons and other quirkiness. Turns out they're (somehow) on IE8. I look at my CSS files and it seems I used some weird IE6 "tricks" years and years ago. I have removed those and now I'm crossing my fingers that there are no other surprises in store for me when it comes to .NET compatibility between IE6 and IE8. I don't do anything flashy (it's an insurance company intranet...), and I try to be standards-compliant, at least as much as the "get it done yesterday" corporate environment allows, but who knows.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 08:32 PM
When Apple pushed iTunes, that's because it is the only way to access the iTunes Store and it's money tree for apple.
Apple doesn't really push webkit that seriously, why should Microsoft push IE's core engine at all?
It takes money and time to develop CORE, only to find that it keeps getting battered so badly by Webkit.
In this tough financial times, MS should just grab Webkit for free and add features of older IEs absent in Webkit. When anything went wrong, just blame Apple.
Posted 08 May 2009 - 01:07 AM
These days the majority of users will know how to change their default homepage so this is not as important anymore.
Still, being a web designer, any fall in use of IE is cause for celebration for me.
Posted 08 May 2009 - 04:24 AM
However, look at the way things are changing again today - how many people use a web mail interface rather than a desktop email client out of choice? I personally find it bemusing but many people actually never use an email client any more. Add to that, Google docs and e.g. Google gears demonstrate that there is once again potential to have OS-independent software that runs anywhere and on any system.
MS are no doubt absolutely shitting themselves that they are losing browser share at this moment in time. Worse yet they have completely lost mind share and are actively despised by the trend-setters out there - no one with any sense looks to Microsoft to push frontiers or deliver anything radical. The only thing that they are recognised as doing is constantly playing catch up and "me too-ing" with the same embrace, extend and extinguish mentality as before.
As for Google - having their own browser promotes their own search engine, etc. and increases mindshare in favour of them. As for Apple - they don't get into a situation where they have to rely on another company to provide them with what was ultimately a second rate software from a third-rate company (MS and IE4 and IE5), which provided their users with a terrible experience online. They also get revenue from Google from every search anyone performs in Safari, as does Mozilla, and a lot of kudos for WebKit which is now one of the leading and cutting edge browser engines out there, along with Gecko.