It’s amazing how far reaching the Internet has become. The Cloud, as it is called, has permeated into just about every activity of our modern societies. It’s like a technological hub where different technologies converge, (e.g., radio, television, telephone, fax and whole lot more.) The vehicle to reach the Cloud is the Web browser, and for this reason alone, the war to capture global market share has grown more intense during the last few years.
Net Applications is a company that best monitors the industry and is respected by experts in the field. Below are the latest statistics released by Net Applications for the month of July 2010. Let’s see the latest picture.
- Internet Explorer: 60.74
- Firefox: 22.91
- Chrome: 7.16
- Safari: 5.09
- Opera: 2.45
- Others: 1.66
Microsoft has done it again—it has reversed Internet Explorer’s declining trend for two consecutive months. In July it gained 0.42 market share points which is amazing. The hemorrhage has been finally stopped. Microsoft’s capacity to spin on a dime is legendary. On several occasions Microsoft’s resilience has been demonstrated. They are known to have clawed back to their original dominance of a market with a tooth and nail attitude.
Microsoft Internet Explorer has experienced a long slow browser usage market share decline featuring challenges from Firefox on Windows, Safari on Mac OS, Opera in Europe and Asia, and recently Google Chrome has been making some noise.
But, Microsoft has been very determined in their desires to ensure Internet Explorer remains the dominant browser. They have moved some of their most talented engineering and management talent to Internet Explorer, have been releasing feature and security updates much more frequently, and finally have been advertising it.
Internet Explorer 8, the currently available version, has become the most used browser version in the world, and has given users confidence that Microsoft is truly focused on optimizing the Internet Explorer user experience. Microsoft has also been very open with the development of IE9, due later this year and promising to deliver huge browser rendering speed improvements. Their next challenge is to strike on Apple’s darling—the iPad with Safari built in. Apple is the first company to make the tablet attractive to the masses.
Mozilla Firefox is now reversing its trend, but in a negative way. It lost 0.90 points in July—almost one whole point. This was really a surprise—at least for me it was. Firefox needs to put its act together and align its resources to combine amazing hardware, easy to use OS, an application delivery model with tons of options, book reader, games, productivity, and at least one compelling reason for customers to not choose the iPad to be truly competitive. They need to monitor closely the emerging market of mobile devices. That’s where the growth potential lies.
Google Chrome has decreased its drive and lost 0.08 points in July. No big deal, but it shows that they are mortals and can be slowed down. I’m sure they’ll be back with renovated strength. They are also determined to become the dominant player in the browser’s domain. They have all the money in the world to do it—plus the know how to back them up.
Apple Safari had a good performance and increased their global market share by 0.24 points. They are continuing their rampant success in the mobile platforms. There seems to be no obstacle for the huge success of the iPad, and their recent launch of the iPhone 4 was spectacular. Even with the minor inconvenience of the faulty antenna, the gadget is still selling like hot cakes. This impressive success of these products is trickling down to Safari browser and the numbers certainly show this situation.
Norwegian Opera is still chugging along—it gained 0.18 points in July. They have planted their flag and have demonstrated to be a tough bone to chew. Their presence in the mobile domain is absolutely intimidating to its competitors. I don’t foresee any problems in the near future for Opera in this market. They excel heads and shoulders over their competitors, with the exception of Apple which is doing extremely well with the iPhone and the iPod, as I mentioned earlier.
That’s the way I see things now; however anything can happen in this dynamic cut-throat scenario. Now it’s time to wait for August figures and see what happens. Till then, Good Day.
Source: Net Applications
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