Firefox Makes Huge Inroads Into IE

Mozilla’s Firefox is making a noticeable dent into IE’s market

Since its release in 2004, Firefox has slowly but surely started to erode at Internet Explorer’s (IE) clear dominance of the browser arena over the past year.

While Google’s Chrome was lauded as the next best thing during its launch last year, it has only made small inroads, as has Apple’s Safari browser into the Australian market.

Statistics from US website Statcounter shows that in Australia, from July 1, 2008 until July 5, 2009, IE has gone from almost a 68 percent share down to 54 percent, while Firefox has increased from 27 percent to 34 percent; Safari from 4.4 percent to 6.6 percent, and Chrome from 0 to 3.8 percent.

And it doesn’t get any better on the worldwide stage, with the Microsoft browser again conceding 9 percentage points, going from 67 percent to 58 percent, has grabbed 3 percent, while Safari also lost ground, going from 4.3 to 2.9 percent. Opera, a browser not even making the stats in Australia, has a worldwide marketshare or 3.15 percent.