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Microsoft's Flops and Loses Almost 9% of it Browser Market Share in 12 Months


The Browser and Operating System Market Share White Paper has just been released

Park City, UT - Janco and the IT Productivity Center have just released its Browser and Operating System Market Share White Paper. The major findings are that Microsoft's IE browser market share has continued to erode and has fallen to 58.50% versus 65.48% (loss of 6.96%) in August 2007 and 82.99% (loss of 24.49%) in August 2005;  Firefox has maintained its number 2 browser position and now is used by almost 19% (18.94%) of all users; Google Desktop has over 4% (4.01%) of the market; and Time-Warner made a strategic error in abandoning Netscape as users continue to use Netscape even though AOL no longer supports it.

Microsoft Browser Market Share History

IE Historic Market Share

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The top five browser market share rankings are: 1 - Microsoft's IE - 60.00%; 2 - Firefox - 19.95%; 3 - Netscape - 9.68%; 4 - Google Desktop - 4.01%; 5 - Safari - 1.65%. The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc and the ITPC, M. Victor Janulaitis said: “The positive glow on Firefox was dulled in with the identification of some security gaps in Firefox. But the real story is the continued erosion of Microsoft's market share. "

On the Operating System front, Microsoft's' Vista has just under 15% (14.94%) of the market after almost 20 months since Vista's first release (RC1). Victor Janulaitis, the CEO of Janco said, "Both Vista and Netscape show that large companies make huge blunders in technology. In the case of Microsoft, they no longer can count on moving users to new products as quickly as they want. Time-Warner's short sighted decision to abandon Netscape shows technology decisions are long term ones and companies that want to create value in that market need to look beyond quarter to quarter earnings. But the real story is the continued erosion of Microsoft's market share. "

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One additional finding in the report is that Microsoft's Vista now has 14.94% of the OS market share of business and enterprise users who browse the Internet.

Operating Systems Market Share for Internet Users 2008

Vista OS Market Share

Janco's has collected consistent data on browser activity since September 1997. The data is collected from commercial sites that focus on business to business activity.

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