For the first time in over a decade, Microsoft's Internet Explorer dips below 50 percent of the global, worldwide web browser market share across all platforms. Could this spell the beginning of the end for IE?
The answer is both yes and no. At 49.59 percent, Internet Explorer is still the most widely used web browser dwarfing its competition by some degree. And if you look at the desktop browser division, you will find that Microsoft's product is even more dominant and has captured more than half of the available market.
While Firefox has been steadily chipping away at the strangle hold of IE, the numbers show that Google Chrome has been making excellent progress as well. Both browsers have been innovating and introducing new concepts such as plugins and applications which have given them the edge. Leveraging on the community built around the products and companies has also helped out both competitors greatly.
Internet Explorer's dwindling popularity globally could also be explained by the increased popularity of smartphones and other new gadgets. People are choosing to install either Chrome, Firefox or Safari on their smart devices. Maybe when the Windows OS establishes a greater foothold in the mobile and tablet segments Internet Explorer can start to regain control over its dominion.