Firefox Usage Drops Below IE
Choosing a web browser shows a lot about how one prioritizes. As you are all aware the most used browser currently is Google’s Chrome. Latest statistics from social discovery platform Shareaholic state that Chrome is currently on the top of the usage list, second position is held by Apple’s Safari and in third comes in Internet Explorer of Microsoft. The fourth position goes to Firefox, and then come a couple of in-App browsers and in dead last is Opera.
What is shocking is that Firefox has dropped down below IE. IE is not that bad of platform to surf the net. In fact, it is quite good despite what the jokes on the Internet might say. Microsoft has made noticeable improvements to the browser.
The only noticeable growth we can see is in the mobile in-app browser, Safari and the Android stock browser. Opera took away shares from itself as its mobile app is doing well than the desktop application.
All of this now makes sense as to why Mozilla has created its own operating system that comes with the browser. I guess the company realized that it could not compete with the tech giants who already have their own OSs and therefore decided to make on of its own.
However, one of the reasons for Mozilla’s drop below IE could be security. If you think about it, security can be a big issue whilst using the web if it’s not properly taken care of by your browser.
IE currently beats Firefox in terms of security. How? Well, you might have seen the answer if you are familiar with both Firefox and IE. IE takes special measures to ensure that the user is not prone to any harm on the web by prompting warnings of suspected malware. It also warns you of software that it’s not yet confirmed as malware but still seems like a harmful download. Whereas Firefox does not have this option as of yet.
Strangeloop Networks, a company that develops advanced front end optimization solutions for high end companies looked at browser performance and found that these retail sites loaded the fastest in IE 10, beating out Firefox 13 and Chrome 20. IE 10′s edge over Firefox was minimal — 6.392 compared to 6.395 seconds — but it was eight percent faster than Chrome 20.
Well there you have, even though there is only a minute difference when it comes to speed, there is still a huge difference among the browsers where it really matters — internet security. Which is why I think Microsoft’s IE has the upper hand.