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Microsoft's dwindling market share

Oct 10, 2010, 23:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Market share trends are interesting reports to watch, as they are a good forecast of where things are going. Once trends start to gain momentum, they have a tendency to stay on that path. What has been interesting is the amount of market share that Microsoft has been losing in various areas over the past few years. In web browsers, phones, and even desktop operating systems. The playing field is starting to level out, which is good for the consumers.

"In the September 2010 report, NetMarketShare shows Microsoft IE and Windows at record lows within the past several years. The decline of IE is nothing new. Starting in 2006 with the numerous problems of Windows Vista, it seems that Firefox gained a lot of ground and started really making an appearance on the charts, at the expense of IE. As of September 2010, IE is at 59.65%, Firefox at 22.96%, Chrome at 7.98%, and the remaining bunch pulling up the rest. At first I thought IE might make a small recovery with the launch of Windows 7. However, I think the root cause of IE's decline is due to many factors, and users are opting out of using IE and using other browsers like Firefox and Chrome."

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