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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Ignores One Third Of The Market

With today's release of Internet Explorer 8, everyone who use Microsoft's browser will be getting some much-needed improvements but it may not be as fast as its competitors, according to early reports.

But speed is really everything. Without speed, all the other features fall by the wayside. If you look at Internet Explorer's market share, it has steadily been eroded over the past few years by its faster rivals Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera.

Microsoft is doing what it always does: focusing on its massive installed base of users and ignoring the rest. If you've already left IE for a speedier browser, IE8 is not going to bring you back, and Microsoft knows it. IE may still hold 67% of the browser market, according to Net Apps, but that share is declining. Firefox claims 22%, Safari has 8%, and Chrome has captured 1%.

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