Safari Creeps Up as Chrome Soars, IE Founders
If browser market share is a proxy for Microsoft’s overall fortunes going forward, then Redmond is truly doomed. Five years after its initial launch, piggybacking off Apple’s open-source Webkit project, Google Chrome is now the world’s favorite browser and things are only looking up.
According to Stat Counter data quoted by Statista, Internet Explorer’s market share has fallen from 68 percent in 2008 to 25 percent today. Over the same period Chrome’s slice has gone from zero to 43 percent, which is a plurality of users but not dominant.
“When Google announced the release of its own web browser Chrome in 2008, many people asked themselves why Google was building a web browser,” writes Statista’s Felix Richter. “In retrospect, the better question would have been, why Google hadn’t built a web browser earlier.”
That said, the fragmentation of browsing platforms concomitant with the rise of WebKit to dominance in the mobile space is the real story here. Apple’s WebKit-based Safari, which also underpins Chrome, is the usage leader.
Whether one considers usage (Safari) or installations (Android), WebKit-based browsers are where the real market growth and development are happening — Microsoft is barely a footnote.
And, what of Firefox? As the chart above clearly shows, not much has happened, ill or otherwise, since 2008 and Mozilla’s mobile play has yet to pan out.
Good for the rest of us, n’est pas?