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Firefox Not Overtaken Yet

Chrome vs FirefoxMany people have been betting on the fact that Google Chrome might overtake Firefox as the dominate alternative browser to Internet Explorer.  To those of you who like to follow this web browser soap opera – I’ve got another twist and/or turn that you will love.  According to Net Applications, the overthrowing of Firefox might not happen at all.

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Firefox at Nearly 20 Percent Market Share

Browser Market Share, by the Numbers

The team at Net Applications via their Market Share service have collected some very interesting numbers as it pertains to the current generation browser wars. 

With browser market share, Firefox is at 19.22% across all operating systems.  In third place is Safari at 6.14% – which shows you it pays to trick people into downloading your browser.  Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the king of the mountain though with 73.02% of the market cornered.

Breaking down the Firefox numbers even further, it appears Firefox 2 is still used by 13.02% of the people while Firefox 3 is at 5.67%. 

So overall, it is safe to say that everything is going good in Mozilla land.  It seems like every time I check out a survey or poll like this, the number keep going up and up a few percentages every time.  The browser wars are still heating up which in turn is good for all of us, regardless of the browser you use.

IE6 is an Ugly Unbeatable Stepsister?

Joe Wilcox over at eWeek has put together a pretty interesting graph charting the adoption rate for the web browsers out there in 2007.  The graph and story along with it are both pulling information from the recent Forrester Research report, “Enterprise Desktop and Web 2.0/SAAS Platform Trends, 2007.”

Web Browser Adoption in 2007

As you can see Internet Explorer is still pulling head as you would assume it would do, but Firefox still is holding a healthy share of the market.  Internet Explorer 7 itself still can’t beat the ugly stepsister that is Internet Explorer 6 though. 

Giving Up on Firefox, Go IE Go!

april-fools I got a surprise in the mail yesterday, there was a large Publishers Clearing House sized check laying by my mail box from our friends at Microsoft. Seems like they think they can buy me off and have me sell Internet Explorer to the masses.

You know what, if you saw all the zeros that came after the one on this check you would do the same thing I am about to do. Who needs Firefox and Mozilla? Here are your Internet Explorer Facts!

Who Wants to Customize the Look and Feel?

Internet Explorer doesn’t bother me with the ability of being able to decide what the browser looks like. That damn Firefox keeps tossing themes and customizations I can make to the browser interface. Who needs it? I just want a browser with an address bar and those wonderful Internet Explorer icons.

Add-ons? Extensions? Who Needs Them?

Oh please Mozilla. Are you doing to tell me that your users know best when it comes to picking additional features to add via extensions or addons to the browser? Sure if somebody wanted to download a web developer toolbar and the next guy didn’t, is that really a good thing to do?

I know with Internet Explorer I don’t have to worry about getting to customize too much.

Standard are for Sissies!

Come on, Microsoft doesn’t have to live up to standards. IE7 only supports 54% of the CSS 2.1 standard, as compared to 52% in IE6 and 93% in Firefox 1.5 and 96% in Opera 9. Internet Explorer went up two percent, is that not good enough for you? I guess next you are going to say you want the menu bar back on the top of your Windows.

Microsoft has done what is best for you hidden it because you don’t need it. If you do need it, well – we can toss it in the middle somewhere because the day we were working on that was also “cake” day at Redmond.

On an additional note I wanted to let the Opera guys know I got their buyout offer too for my soul. Unfortunately, the bank said they couldn’t cash the “I OWE U” note you left, sorry!

*cough* April Fools! */cough*

Safari Auto Installs to Bulk User Numbers?

Rotten Apples? Just think of all the people out there who have installed iTunes and either use it religiously or just have it to say they have it. Now think of all those people all of the sudden got a “magical gift” from Apple that included a free download of Safari the next time they did the Apple Software Update.

Many are pretty angry about Apple using it’s software updating service to push out updates for products people never downloaded. A lot of people are asking, “Well, why would they do this?”.

The answer is simple. They want an easy way into the browser wars. Ridding on the coat tails of Quick Time or iTunes, sneaking onto a person’s PC is the easiest way to do it. John Lilly (Mozilla’s CEO) had a very interesting write up on this worth checking out.

Lets just say, don’t be surprised if in a few months down the road the number of Safari users equals or is a little less than the number of iTunes users. Who would Safari be able to knock down the list? Opera or Firefox?

Browser Wars Redux

Looking through the links folks had submitted to me over the past week for the Web site, I ran across an interesting article covering the latest shots fired in the browser wars. Figured you might want to check it out as well (I promise they have pretty graphs!).

The internet browser market has been fiercely competitive of late, with two major browsers being released at the same time in the last quarter of 2006 – namely, the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the long-awaited second edition of the open-source community developed browser Firefox. There are other bit-players in the market, certainly, but indisputably these are the big two – both released in late October / November of last year.

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Use Internet Explorer and Firefox

If there any reason why you can not use more than one browser? No. A lot of folks get caught up in being “uber fans” though and don’t realize that all browsers have some good points and some bad points. This article I found yesterday really got me to thinking – it might have the same effect on you as well.

Naturally, all of this has generated a bit of contention among users of Microsoft Windows where Firefox fans put down IE and users of IE 7 say they don’t want to bother with changing anything on their computers that is working. I’m an unlikely Solomon, but I do know what I would order if I were in charge: Use them both.

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Firefox 2 Comes Out Tuesday

If you watch as many Firefox RSS feeds as I do, you probably noticed about three dozen of them starting out with this same headline. Firefox 2 is coming out tomorrow! Finally all the folks that might have been holding out on downloading a release candidate can sink their teeth into the latest and greatest Mozilla offering.

In a quick Security Bits video, I think the guys over at Cnet have it summed up the best. Internet Explorer 7 is better than IE 6, but doesn’t beat Firefox.

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Firefox Market Share Myth

You mean it is all just a myth made up to protect us from the government’s lies about our browsing experience? OK, maybe I am a little off base here.

One of the persistent pieces of “common knowledge” out there is the idea that Firefox is slowly grinding Internet Explorer into the ground. Along with this “common knowledge” is the assumption by some Web developers that since the Firefox Revolution is nigh, there is no real reason to take Internet Explorer into consideration. Sadly for the Firefox fans out there, this simply is not true.

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