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The year 2010 ended quite well for two products from Microsoft and Google, at least when it comes to specific market share numbers. Windows 7 passed the 20 percent mark while Chrome almost reached double digits. Despite IE8's strong growth and the IE9 beta program, Internet Explorer has hit a historic low. Firefox is stubbornly holding on to its users, while Chrome and Safari continue their growth. Before we go into further detail with browsers, let's take a peek into the world of Windows.


Data source: Net Applications Windows 7 has been steadily stealing share from Windows Vista and Windows XP ever since it was first released. It is now installed on one in five computers. Its predecessor Vista never managed to achieve that feat. In the 12 months since release, Microsoft sold 240 million licenses of Windows 7; by now that number is surely approaching 300 million.

Between January and December 2010, Windows XP fell almost 10 percentage points to 56.72 percent market share. In the same period, Windows Vista lost over five percentage points to 12.11 percent. Windows 7 meanwhile has gained over 13 percentage points, pushing it to 20.87 percent.


Data source: Net Applications Now the browsers: Between November and December, Internet Explorer dropped another 1.18 percentage points. Firefox, meanwhile, edged forward with 0.06 percentage points. Chrome gained 0.73 percentage points, making it December's biggest winner. Safari was up 0.34 percentage points and Opera crept up 0.03 percentage points.

At 57.08 percent, Internet Explorer is once again at a new low. This latest drop comes despite public IE9 builds and frequent Microsoft announcements about pushing the Web forward. IE9 last month grew to a mere 0.46 percent. IE8 also barely budged forward to 33.02 percent, but it's still the world's most popular browser.

Unfortunately for Web developers everywhere, IE6 (13.06 percent) continues to be more popular than IE7 (8.76 percent), and the former's share even declined less than the latter. The good news is that IE7 is well below the 10 percent mark, and IE6 should follow suit sometime later this year.


Data source: Net Applications The above snapshot of the past 12 months illustrates the general browser use trend for 2010. Internet Explorer looked as if it were going to stabilize at the 60 percent mark, and fluctuated around there for quite some time, but has since resumed its steady slide. Firefox remains far below the apparently unreachable 25 percent mark; in the last six months it has not once broken the 23 percent point. Chrome has almost doubled its share to 9.98 percent while Safari has gained over 1 percentage point. Opera (not shown) is essentially static at 2 percent.


Data source: Ars Technica As always, things at Ars are very different. Firefox continues to dominate, Chrome is a solid second, Safari is third, IE is fourth, and Opera brings up the rear. Last month, all browsers gained share except for Safari.

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As of December 2010, Chrome holds 10 percent of browser usage worldwide.

With the steady rise in Chrome, one out of every ten people surfing the Web in December used Google's browser.

Chrome's gains have come largely at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, whose usage share has been dropping for years, but there's also a ray of hope for Redmond. IE9, which embodies Microsoft's ambition to build a cutting-edge browser once again, is showing signs of real adoption with usage that grew from 0.4 percent in November to 0.5 percent in December, according to new statistics from Net Applications.

Fractions of a percent may sound insignificant, but with hundreds of millions of people using the Web, they actually represent a large number of real users. And in the current competitive market, browser makers are attuned to where the growth is occurring.

For months now, Chrome has risen. Most recently, it rose from 9.3 percent in November statistics to 10 percent in December, according to Net Applications. That's helpful for Google's ambition to speed up the Web overall; Chrome is a vehicle by which the company can explore, develop, and promote new features such as Native Client, SPDY, WebP, and False Start that Google hopes will speed the Web and make it a more powerful foundation for applications.

Mozilla's Firefox, the second-place browser, stayed flat at about 22.8 percent, Apple's Safari rose from 5.6 percent to 5.9 percent, and Opera was flat at about 2.2 percent. Chrome and Safari grew at the expense of IE, which dropped from 58.4 percent to 57.1 percent.

Note that because browser usage overall is increasing, even percentages that remain flat from month to month still mean a growing user base.

Microsoft can take consolation that its share losses have come from older versions of its browser. IE6, an advanced browser when released nearly a decade ago but now software despised among Web developers for retarding progress on the Web, dropped from 13.7 percent in November to 13.1 percent in December. IE7 dropped from 9.5 percent to 8.8 percent.

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How come Opera's not getting more popular?!? I (sometimes forcefully) installed it on all systems I laid my hands on and made it the default browser... :ph34r:

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How come Opera's not getting more popular?!? I (sometimes forcefully) installed it on all systems I laid my hands on and made it the default browser... :ph34r:

Ive been doing the same with Chrome. Users usually shit themselves if they had previously been using IE6.

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