Microsoft will be dropping support for Internet Explorer. I'm not sure what the big deal is there because this has been coming for a long time now. Microsoft effectively mothballed Internet Explorer in 2003, shortly after Apple unveiled Safari 1.0. Ceasing support for an application with a minimal user base only makes sense.
More intriguing is Apple's failure to take over Microsoft's market share with Safari.
According to data from Net Applications, Apple had a 4.11 per cent market share in November, versus 95.37 for Windows. (We can debate the accuracy of these figures, but they are good enough for comparison purposes.).
Safari however only claimed a 2.78 per cent share of the browser market. The remaining 1.33 per cent (roughly one third of the Mac users) is using some other browser. (OneStat is showing a similar pattern, although they don't provide overal OS X market share)
Apple is bundling Safari with OS X. Users have to actually make the effort to go out to a website and download Firefox, Opera or any of the other alternative browsers.
Microsoft build a monopoly by bundling a mediocre browser that over the years has been ridden with security holes. And still the company today holds 86.08 per cent of the browser market.
What is driving these Mac users away from Safari? Poor software? A religious belief that using Firefox will foster competition long term? Let me know if you have any thoughts in the comment section below.
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