Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser, now accounts for less than 60% of the market, down from 95% at its peak in 2003. Latest statistics, from measurement firm NetApplications, show that IE has 59.9% of the market, with Firefox gaining on it, with 24.5% while third place Google Chrome's 6.7%.
Microsoft has gradually been losing market share, largely due to concerns over security, experts said.
There are more viable alternatives now. Google has been advertising and there are more people using Macs and Apple's Safari. There is just a great awareness that there are alternatives.
IE9 promises to support HTML5, the next-generation standard for coding web pages, which aims to reduce the need for software plug-ins, such as Flash.