Linked by lemur2 on Thu 6th Jan 2011 22:23 UTC
Internet & Networking According to data compiled by StatCounter, Firefox overtook Internet Explorer (IE) as the dominant browser in Europe at the end of 2010. During December, 38.11% of internet page views involved Mozilla's Firefox web browser, whilst Internet Explorer fell back to second place with 37.52%.
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Too close to call a lead
by rif42 on Thu 6th Jan 2011 22:59 UTC
rif42
Member since:
2005-11-20

In this statistics, Firefox is marginable ahead of MS IE. This was in December when many people were more at home that at work, hence it is likely that more people use the browser of their own choice rather than their company's choice. Do not be surprised if MS IE get slightly ahead again in January.

It does not really matter who is leading, and this kind of statistics is much too imprecise to talk about fractions of percentages. What is important is that MS IE is well below 50% and there is both Firefox and Chrome that have significant market shares.

The result is that web developers can no longer code for just one browser, they will have to code following standards to fit to many browsers. Finally! Now we just need the same trend to happen in other countries as well.

Edited 2011-01-06 23:07 UTC

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RE: Too close to call a lead
by diegoviola on Thu 6th Jan 2011 23:43 in reply to "Too close to call a lead"
diegoviola Member since:
2006-08-15

The result is that web developers can no longer code for just one browser, they will have to code following standards to fit to many browsers. Finally! Now we just need the same trend to happen in other countries as well.


We need the same trends to happen in operating systems too ;)

Edited 2011-01-06 23:44 UTC

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-200912-201012-bar

Maybe it could happen. If someone were to release a new OS and market it as aggressively as Google has marketed their Chrome browser. Even so, not everything that's hyped and advertised is a success; people still have to like the product and be motivated to use it.

So invent new operating system;
Flood the airwaves and internet with advertising and hype;
Give it away for free;
Work deals with OEMs to get it pre-installed and on store shelves;
Hope that people actually like it. That's the tricky and unpredictable part.

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LouisBarman Member since:
2010-06-06


We need the same trends to happen in operating systems too ;)


I think that you will find that Linux (i.e. the kernel) has already overtaken windows.

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RE: Too close to call a lead
by Bobthearch on Thu 6th Jan 2011 23:48 in reply to "Too close to call a lead"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Interesting how it appears that early European Chrome users were switching from Firefox, but as Chrome began a serious marketing campaign many Internet Explorer users made the switch.

Firefox eventually overtook IE, but not because more people were using Firefox; Firefox usage remained flat, IE dropped, and Chrome increased.

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-monthly-200912-201012

With Firefox remaining steady, IE dropping, and Chrome increasing how long until an even 30-30-30 split occurs? ;)

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