It is known to all that the once de facto web browser Internet Explorer, is no longer the one. With the unbeatable success of Firefox 3 in 2008, the launch of Safari for Windows last year (2007), the introduction of Google Chrome recently, all added fuel to the fire in IE’s ‘career’. If you count me, honestly I could not find any one who actually supported IE in any area.
Business users use it because, the ASP.NET based intranet web applications “only works in IE!”. Given the option that the same application would work in any other browser, the will choose Firefox. All web developers (including the User Experience Engineers) dislike IE like they have not disliked any other software. Web designers think “IE6 is a joke…it does not even comply with the simplest web standards”. If you have ever tried using a transparent .PNG image file, you will know what I mean.
So the result…? 3% market share loss in just 9 months. With Firefox becoming ridiculously popular, with this rate IE will hit below 50% share in approximately 2-3 years.