As online user surfing patterns change over months and years, so does their selection and preference for their Internet browser. Based on the latest Internet browser market share reports by StatCounter, the previously most popular IE (Internet Explorer) has lost a significant percentage of market share over 2011 and by the end of the year dropped below 40% to have 38.7% of browser share.
Google’s browser Chrome has made some significant growth over the last year, now capturing 27.3% of total market share. Not bad, considering it is only a 3 year old browser.
Firefox has mostly maintained its market share over the 2011,ending the year with 25.3% of the market share.
Safari mostly maintained its low market share on the web across the year having 5% of the browser market. However, in the mobile browsing world safari is leading the pack with over 50% of the market share with the help of the highly popular iPhone, iPad and iPod products.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the dreadful IE browser to disappear from the face of the earth and pass on the online browsing market to real browsers.