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posted by martyb on Tuesday June 05 2018, @08:50AM   Printer-friendly
from the approved-using-a-Pale-Moon-browser dept.

Netmarketshare reports that Mozilla Firefox's share of the desktop and notebook computer web browser market has fallen below ten percent.

Firefox had a market share of 12.63% in June 2017 according to Netmarketshare and even managed to rise above the 13% mark in 2017 before its share fell to 9.92% in May 2018.

Google Chrome, Firefox's biggest rival in the browser world, managed to increase its massive lead from 60.08% in June 2017 to 62.85% in May 2018.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer dropped a percent point to 11.82% in May 2018 and Microsoft's Edge browser gained less than 0.50% to 4.26% over the year.

[...] Netmarketshare collects usage stats and does not get "real" numbers from companies like Mozilla, Google or Microsoft. The company monitors the use of browsers on a subset of Internet sites and creates the market share reports using the data it collects.

While that is certainly good enough for trends if the number of monitored user interactions is high enough, it is not completely accurate and real-world values can be different based on a number of factors. While it is unlikely that they differ a lot, it is certainly possible that the share is different to the one reported by the company.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05 2018, @05:07PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05 2018, @05:07PM (#688934)

    Mozilla generates 500M / year in income but it certainly does not show. They finally closed the MSI bug with a middle finger "won't fix" after 13 years. They kicked their internal corporate supporters to the curb years ago. Why is Chrome supported in business line applications? Because Google convinced internal IT departments to deploy it by providing a dead simple MSI package that any idiot admin can deploy and native Group Policies that makes the it so internal support can configure it easily.

    Mozilla does not seem to care about user feedback. Nobody was asking for an UI change but we got it because FU that's why. This mentality started around the time of 2.2 or so; then it was the "Awesome Bar" where they combined search, history, and the URL bar into one monstrosity. Nobody was asking for it and all of their feedback was negative but it was shipped anyway and you were a luddite for disagreeing. With this way of thinking, I just do not see the future for the browser. Maybe it is just a jobs program for a bunch of people and their friends at this point?

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05 2018, @05:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 05 2018, @05:59PM (#688957)

    Honestly it seems like the 2007-8 period was a "sea change" for FOSS projects.

    This is also around the time that KDE and Gnome shifted to a more "we know best, users are dumb sheep" mentality and basically started producing glossy designer CV padding.