Is Internet Explorer the top web browser in India? Yes, But maybe not for long! front

The browsersalt39 war is nowhere near its end. Instead, it is getting fiercer with each passing day as ” Internet keeps adding more netizens to

it”. And the top three players in this field, Microsoft, Mozilla and Google are fighting it out hard, day in day out, to be at the top most slot.

In India where there are about 100 million active Internet users, Internet Explorer ( IE) has long been a favourite web browser.

Due to reasons quite obvious, IE monopolised the browser world until Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and the likes entered the field. But things have changed significantly over time. Today Firefox seems to be gobbling up a major share of the global browser market.

With 28.04% of the total share, it is the second most popular web browser in the world, whereas IE has 42.42%. The scenario is quite interesting in India as well. A data from StatCounter reveals that Firefox is on the verge of becoming the top browser in the country. While IE has a market share of 33.6%, Firefox is at 33.45%. Invariably, Firefox is at a win- win situation now and they can rejoice. The new Firebox v 6.0 ( in beta) is equipped with better features and speed and so is confident of its ambitions However, Mozilla should not take it for granted. Because Google Chrome, with a market share of 30% in India, is no rookie.

It has already become the number 2 browser in the UK beating Firefox. All thanks to its speed, minimal design and security features. And with the kind of advertising campaigns that Google is employing, including TV Ads, Online Ads, it surely will pick up faster in the Indian market.

This is one big and terrific player to be watched out.

On the other hand, it may still be difficult for Firefox to get over IE because the new IE v 9.0 is unlike its previous versions. And there still seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for Microsoft as Mozilla Labs seems to be acknowledging every development from its competitors. And it is eyeing on adding more features to its browser. For instance, Firefox will soon have multiprocessing support that will be advantageous to users in memory management, crash protection and security. Also it has unveiled a new interface for Firefox v 9.0 and beyond.

Its the alt39 more the merrieralt39 proposition now. But one thing is for sure. None of these three main players can take the other for granted at the risk of losing out.

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