StatsCounter reported that Firefox 3.5 is now the supreme browser. It dethroned Internet Explorer 7 as the most favored browser globally.
To be honest, this only means that the most popular version of the Firefox browsers beat the most popular version of Internet Explorer . Combined with the user bases of versions 6 and 8, Internet Explorer still is the most often used of all browsers with a share of 56%. But here, too, there's little to gloat about for Internet Explorer. It had a more commanding 65% share in the beginning of the year.
This is a small milestone in the browser wars that has been waging since the 1990s. For over a decade, Internet Explorer dominated the browser segment, and this was the first instance that it was bested in any way.
The general downward trend is worrisome for Microsoft, since a slew of bad news gnawed at the grand success of its launch of the Windows 7 operating system. In a recent report, iPhone users had surpassed Windows Mobile users in the U.S. market for the first time. A recent crash of the Microsoft cloud-based computing, which brought down T-Mobile's Sidekick, ,too, has shown that Microsoft is struggling to catch up with latest trends. But we can't write off the Goliath yet. Windows 7 has had tremendous success, and we should see the company taking steps to correct itself in the Internet/smartphone segment.
What would they be? We don't know yet.