Internet Explorer Share Drops Below 55%
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Saturday, June 4, 2011 6:13:55 AM
It wasn't long ago when it seemed like Microsoft had a virtual monopoly on desktop web browsers with Internet Explorer. Today it's clear that those days are over.
It certainly may have served Microsoft well for those many years when developers could just resign themselves to developing mainly for IE, but a new report by Net Applications has shown that the Microsoft browser has slipped below 55% and continues to drop like a rock.
This is a great thing for the web, and it now means that standards-compliance and cross-browser compatibility are going to be absolutely crucial for websites in the future, whereas in the past there were many who could ignore it. Going forward, it appears that it won't be long before Microsoft Internet Explorer is no longer the market-leader, hopefully offering a more balanced picture of what people use to browse the Web.