The Fall of Internet Explorer

Mobile, Web Design

The Fall of Internet Explorer

November 8th, 2011 by Matt Haff

The moment all web developers have been waiting for is finally here, sorta. As of October, Internet Explorer’s global market share is below 50%, the lowest it has been in the past decade. This is due in part by 6% of web browsing now occurring on mobile platforms such as smart phones and tablets.

What does this mean for you? Absolutely nothing, IE is still the most common browser and will be around for years to come. However to web developers a glimmer of hope shines as modern browsers continue to grow. It also reaffirms that mobile web use is continuing to grow and take over the desktop market.

Google Chrome is the primary browser benefiting from the decline of Internet Explorer while Firefox and Safari have stayed relatively steady. Safari continues to dominate mobile browsing with over 63% market share, while Opera is down to 18% and Android drops to 12%.  Checkout the original article and pretty graphics

  1. I am a FireFox user, but have always been interested in Chrome. What is the major difference? Thanks!


  2. The biggest difference is in the speed of the browser. Firefox is a great browser but it is bogged down with a lot of behind the scenes stuff that can slow down your computer and hog valuable resources. Chrome is more simplistic, very easy to use. The developers went through a lot to make it the fastest browser available.


  3. The biggest difference between Firefox and Chrome is speed. Firefox can very easily become a bloated browser, it still runs much better than Internet Explorer because it actually renders websites properly and they push out updates on a regular basis. Chrome uses the same rendering engine as Safari which is called Webkit. Chrome doesn't give a ton of plugins to install, it's just a clean internet browser.


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