Firefox 2.0, IE 7 Post Gains
Mozilla's Firefox browser continued to erode Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share during November, a Web metrics company said Wednesday, even as IE 7 gained momentum.
According to Net Applications, the open-source Firefox grabbed another half a percentage point of usage share last month, accounting for 13.5% of all browsers, up from October's 12.96%. Internet Explorer's share, meanwhile, fell from 81.28% to 80.56%. If current trends continue, IE will have lost 5 percentage points during 2006 and will likely dip under 80% for the first time in more than six years.
Apple Computer's Safari posted a tenth of a percent gain in November, while Opera's share increased by 0.06%.
Internet Explorer 7, the first major overhaul of Microsoft's Web browser since 2001, may knock your socks off if you've been using its predecessor exclusively.
But if you're among the millions who've switched to Opera or Firefox, IE7's new features may strike you as about as fresh as the remote control. Been there, done that.
While Microsoft focused its energies elsewhere, Opera, produced by a Norwegian company, and Firefox, an open-source project of the Mozilla Foundation, gained legions of devoted fans -- particularly among experienced and influential users.
The sleeker, faster, more flexible alternative browsers cut IE's market share from 93 percent two years ago to about 86 percent today.
Rather than leapfrogging ahead of the competition, Microsoft largely just draws even with IE7.