According to StatCounter Global Stats, Internet Explorer (IE) browser has fallen below 50% of the worldwide market for the first time.
Internet Explorer fell to 49.87% in September 2010, comparing to the 67% market share two years ago. Firefox has a browser market share of 31.5% and Google Chrome trippled to 11.54% in September 2010 comparing to 3.69% in September 2009.
In Europe, IE market share has further fallen to 40.26% in September 2010 from 46.44% in September last year. In North America IE is still above 50% at 52.3%.
The rise of Google Chrome in North America has also been impressive and in June it overtook Safari for the first time. The decrease in IE share is almost proportional to the increase in the market share of Google Chrome. Firefox and Safari remains in the same position as last year.
StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter.com on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites. StatCounter which provides free website traffic information, publishes Browser Stats in its StatCounter Global Stats a free online research tool. It also monitors Internet market share battles including Search Engines, Social Media and Operating Systems including mobile.