Browser Statistics October 2010

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 5, 2010
Updated • Aug 10, 2018

Many sites reported today that Internet Explorer's overall market share fell below 50% for the very first time. When it comes to statistics, it always pays to ask for the source so that you can verify what is been claimed by yourself.

All websites who have reported on this have been using StatCounter exclusively (likely one site started it and every other site took "inspiration" from the article and used the same source).

That's fine, but does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that Internet Explorer market's share dropped below 50%. Especially not if you take a look at other web browser market share statistics.

Now, if you take into account other statistics you may come to a different conclusion. Lets take a closer look, shall we.

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If you look at the three services that provide web browser market share statistics you notice big differences. W3C for instance recorded the lowest Internet Explorer market share with only 31.1%, and the highest Firefox and Google Chrome market share with 45.1% and 17.3% respectively.

The highest Internet Explorer market share was recorded by NetMarketShare with 59.56%. There is a difference of 28.55% here.

Did Internet Explorer's market share drop below 50%? According to Statcounter it did, while NetMarketShare says otherwise and W3C almost saw it break the 30% mark.

Even if you remove the W3C data you end up with a difference of nearly 10%. If you take a look at individual browser versions you notice that Internet Explorer 8 tops the statistics. Surprisingly, both StatCounter and NetMarketShare see the market share of Internet Explorer 8 around 29% followed by Firefox 3.6.

So what can we take from the statistics? Internet Explorer's market share is still dropping, affecting Internet Explorer 6 and 7. Internet Explorer 8 on the other hand increases its market share. Firefox appears to be very stagnant showing virtually no movement at all in one way or the other while Chrome is the only browser with an overall upwards trend.

Both Opera and Safari do not seem to be able to get any momentum going. Then again, those statistics are only interesting for webmasters, marketing people and some companies.

They do raise some interesting questions though. Will Internet Explorer's market share drop further, and can Microsoft stop the downwards trend with the release of Internet Explorer 9? Can Mozilla break the stagnation with Firefox 4, or will it divide the Firefox community? Will Chrome continue to rise, or will it reach stagnation at one point as well. And what about the contenders Opera and Safari, what can they do to increase their market share?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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