New Poll: Browser Wars

David Wagner, Managing Editor | 1/23/2012 | 68 comments

David Wagner
It is rare when a company celebrates a drop in marketshare for one of its products with a big cake. That’s precisely what Microsoft did when it announced that the US marketshare for Internet Explorer 6 dropped to less than 1 percent.

In this case, the celebration might be warranted. IE 6 has been hanging around Microsoft’s neck like a dead Firefox for years. Finally, the company has pretty much destroyed it everywhere (outside of China and, to a lesser extent, Korea). As this .net magazine article says, the only Americans who use IE 6 are “utter die-hards and very unfortunate people.” Still, while Microsoft was telling us that “friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer 6,” it had no guarantee that we would switch to IE 8 or 9.

So, we at E2 want to know. Did Microsoft’s almost maniacal decision to destroy its own product drive you to another browser? Did you go to IE9? Chrome? Firefox? Or were you already an IE ex-pat?

The most generous count of IE’s worldwide marketshare is 52 percent, as counted by NetMarketShare. In 2004, it was almost 92 percent. Chrome is the latest serious challenge, and by some accounts, it is now the second-most used browser in the country. The growth is fast and impressive, considering that the Google offering is less than four years old.

Of course, this isn’t just about corporate scorekeeping. The search wars are essentially taking place on browsers. Microsoft’s Bing grabbed double-digit marketshare rather quickly but is now essentially frozen at 15 percent in the US (and even less worldwide). If given enough time, Microsoft’s IE advantage could slowly erode Google’s stranglehold on the search market. A healthy Chrome could fend off the challenge and possibly finish off IE.

In the meantime, companies that rely increasingly on the Internet to sell everything and use Web apps for business are forced to try to optimize their Websites for a muddled browser environment. The onetime value of IE 6 -- that everyone knew exactly what their Website would look like on every computer -- is gone. It has been replaced with the frustrating days of page-loading errors, crashes, slow page loads, and unoptimized designs.

The reviews of current IE and Chrome products are positive, but Firefox is struggling with complaints about fast updates and too many errors. Despite the technology community’s love of Firefox, this is beginning to shape up as a two-horse race with more at stake than just browsers.

What browser are you using now, and why? Take the poll, and tell us more about it below.

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glenbren   New Poll: Browser Wars   4/16/2012 1:56:29 PM
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Didn't know I could do that! Going now to find out where I can add my two cents :)
keveend   New Poll: Browser Wars   4/16/2012 1:07:24 PM
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Why don't you suggest google to include that feature in their next release.
glenbren   New Poll: Browser Wars   4/9/2012 9:58:45 PM
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It's not unusual for me to have 60 tabs open in one window. That just doesn't work in Chrome. I have Googled it and only found other users looking for the same feature.
keveend   New Poll: Browser Wars   4/7/2012 7:57:42 AM
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For all of them to be squished together in one line, either your monitor must be extremely small or you must have a lot of tabs opened. Anyway why don't you google it? 
keveend   New Poll: Browser Wars   4/7/2012 7:48:56 AM
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Are you saying that "new is always better? 
nimanthad   New Poll: Browser Wars   3/31/2012 5:14:25 AM
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Yes true what Im saying is not to have all the browsers in the world onto your desktop. Just delete what you have and go for a new one.
nimanthad   New Poll: Browser Wars   3/31/2012 5:11:57 AM
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In browser updates you get the important part one but you have to do it from their official site.
glenbren   New Poll: Browser Wars   3/29/2012 1:56:21 PM
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My hard drive is crammed full of browsers! I use Opera, Chrome, IE, and Firefox, in that order.

I started using Opera when I had dial-up because it was noticeably faster, and I've stuck with it because it has all the features I need built right into it. The only time it ever lets me down is when it can't display a page properly, and when that happens, I can right-click on the page and choose to open it in Firefox or IE. That's the only reason I ever use IE. Even back in the day, I used Netscape over IE.

I was using Firefox for a while but it became extremely slow, so I switched to using Chrome as my second choice. I'm quite impressed with Chrome. If I could find a way to have tabs open across multiple rows instead of all squished together on one line so you can't see what they are, I might be tempted to use it more often. Anyone know if that's possible?
keveend   New Poll: Browser Wars   3/29/2012 1:25:40 AM
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It's foolish to cramp up your hard disc with tons of browsers just because each one is unique. You can only use one as your default browser plus there are alot of disadvantages of using several browsers other than eating hard disc space. If you have several browsers, all your bookmrks are scattered across them. They consume yyour memory because they run in the background. It's always wise to stick to one!!
keveend   New Poll: Browser Wars   3/29/2012 1:20:41 AM
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No no. I'm not saying that you should not update. I'm saying you should update what you truely need!! Not all the other crap!!
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