THE END OR JUST THE BEGINNING?
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Browser Wars: The End or Just the Beginning?

  1. 1. THE END OR JUST THE BEGINNING? For nearly two decades, the web browser has played a prominent role on the computer desktop, leading to what many have deemed a “browser war” between Microsoft, Google, and others. A BROWSER WAR TIMELINE Browser War I 1990 1994 Internet Explorer 2.0 is released. 1995 November 1995 1995 August First non-beta version of Netscape Navigator (known in beta as Mosaic) is released. Microsoft licenses Mosaic from Spyglass to create Internet Explorer. Microsoft Windows 95 Plus! Service Pack includes Internet Explorer 1.0. Internet Explorer 3.0 is released. 1996 August Netscape releases Communicator (combining Navigator with other products, including a WYSIWYG HTML editor and email client). 1997 June October 1997 Internet Explorer 4.0 is released. MARKET SHARE (CIRCA OCTOBER 1997): 72% Netscape 18% Internet Explorer 1998 Internet Explorer 5.0 is released. 1999 March AOL buys Netscape for $4.2 billion. November 2000 Internet Explorer 6.0 is released. 2001 August Internet Explorer reaches 96 percent share. 2002 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 with security vulnerability patch. 2002 September Browser War II 2004 Mozilla Firefox 1.0 is released. November Netscape browser code becomes open source as part of the newly created Mozilla Foundation. 2003 July Internet Explorer 7.0 and Firefox 2.0 are released. 2006 October Netscape announces it will no longer support Navigator. 2007 December 2008 Support ends for Netscape browsers. 2008 March Google Chrome is released. December Internet Explorer 8.0 is released. 2009 March May 2009 Internet Explorer GLOBAL WEB BROWSER MARKET SHARE 62.09% Firefox 28.75% Opera 3.23% Safari 2.65% Google Chrome 2.45% Other 0.87% Internet Explorer U.S. WEB BROWSER MARKET SHARE Firefox Safari Google Chrome 2.16% Other 1.29% AOL 0.52% 63.44% 26.77% 5.81% Internet Explorer market share dips below 50 percent. 2010 October 2010 Google Chrome 9.0 is released. 2011 February Internet Explorer 9.0 is released. 2011 March Firefox 10.0 is released. 2012 January May 2012 Internet Explorer GLOBAL WEB BROWSER MARKET SHARE Google Chrome 32.28% Firefox 25.39% Safari 7.14% Opera 1.75% Other 1.02% Internet Explorer U.S. WEB BROWSER MARKET SHARE Google Chrome Firefox Safari Other 1.39% Opera 0.66% 39.02%32.42% 23.3% 22.1% 13.53% Ecommerce Websites and Browser Share Although Chrome has put a dent in Internet Explorer’s browser share for leading ecommerce websites, perhaps the biggest impact has come from the mobile version of the Safari web browser predominantly found on iPhones and iPads. January - March 2012 Internet Explorer 42.35% Safari 16.33% Firefox 15.46% Google Chrome 14.42% Other 0.06% January - March 2011 Internet Explorer 53.45% Firefox 18.18% Safari 13.70% Google Chrome 8.08% Other 0.49% No Rest on Weekends On weekends, when consumers typically have a choice regarding the web browser they use, Internet Explorer loses more than 10 percent market share, while usage of the mobile version of Safari increases 30 percent. 35.82% INTERNET EXPLORER market share on weekends (April 16 - May 15, 2012) 16.75% MOBILE SAFARI market share on weekends (April 16 - May 15, 2012) SOURCES: MONETATE | STATCOUNTER Firefox 3.0 is released. 2010 June Mobile Safari 11.12% Mobile Safari 5.84%

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