Google’s Chrome browser has tripled their market-share in just one year. the latest browsing figures now shows that Chrome controls 11.5 % of the market, with Mozilla Firefox at a respectable  31.5% garnering the 2nd spot in the browser war. The downward slide of Internet Explorer is being contributed to the ruling of the European Union and Microsoft needed to include all popular browsers and not I.E. alone. The latest figures show the I.E. has dropped to below 50% market-share.

In a recent article it also stated that:

“This is certainly a milestone in the Internet browser wars,” Aodhan Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter, said in a statement.

The research firm found that the rising star in the browser market was Google’s Chrome, which has tripled its share to 11.54% in September from 3.69% 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%.

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 Corp. By leveraging its Windows monopoly, Microsoft contributed to the eventual demise 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% in September from 46.44% a year ago, StatCounter said. In North America, IE still accounts for more than half of the market at 52.3%, followed by Firefox at 27.21% and Chrome at 9.87%.

Other companies like Net Applications have come up with the same conclusions.

There is only one thing left for Microsoft to do. They need to sue Google, Mozilla and others for patent violation. LOL If you can’t compete, sue.

Which browser do you use and why?

Comments welcome.

Source – Infoweek