Chances are you're looking at this website through Microsoft Internet Explorer (microsoft.com); however, it's less likely than a year ago according to Market Share statistics from online software developer Net Applications (netapplications.com).
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According to statistics reported Friday for the period between November 2007 and September 2008, while IE is still the leading Web browser, it lost 1.63 percent share of the Web browser market, falling by 7.5 percent to 71.52 percent.
Growing by over 20 percent over the 11 month period, Mozilla Firefox reached 19.46 percent market share at the end of September. Some of Firefox's success can be attributed to the launch of version three in June, which saw its market share jump over 19 percent in the same month.
A new entry at the beginning of September, Google Chrome claimed less than 1 percent of the market. However, its initial start waspremising, having captured 1.16 percent after just three days online. After initial fascination subsided, Chrome settled down to record an 0.78 percent average share of all browser usage at the end of its first month.
Opera continues to remain in the margins of the market place, growing from 0.65 percent to 0.69 between November and September.
Due to the explosion in interest in new web browsers, many companies have been forced into updating their products as users connect to the internet in different ways. An example of how volatile the Web browser industry can be, once competitive browser Netscape Navigator went from being the main rival of IE in the mid-90's to having less than one percent of the market in September 2008.
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