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Microsoft IE falls below 50 percent market share
Microsoft's Internet Explorer fell below 50 percent in September. IE's share dropped to 49.87 percent which certainly is a mile stone in the web browser wars.

Microsoft has been the powerhouse in the browser market since the company started bundling IE with Windows in order to compete with Navigator, a browser launched in 1994 by Netscape Communications. Since Microsoft provided the browser with their operating system, it became a single monopoly browser which eventually led to the downfall of Netscape.

Today, government regulators require Microsoft to create a level playing field for competing browsers in Windows. In Europe, European Commission competition authorities require Microsoft to provide a menu of browsers to give Windows users a choice.

The stiff requirements in Europe have contributed to IE's share falling to 40.26 percent in September from 46.44 percent a year ago. In North America, IE still accounts for more than half of the market at 52.3 percent, followed by Firefox at 27.21 percent and Chrome at 9.87 percent.

Net Applications, another Web metrics firm, has drawn other conclusions on the global browser market. The company this month reported that IE's share had fallen in September but still accounted for more than half the market at 59.65 percent.

A research firm found that the rising star in the browser market was Google's Chrome, which has tripled its share to 11.54 percent in September from 3.69 percent the same month a year ago. In June, Chrome overtook Apple Safari for the first time in the U.S. Mozilla Firefox holds the second largest market share with 31.5 percent.
Source : SiliconIndia
Date : 2011-09-06