Internet Explorer Still Beats Rival Browsers, Study Says

Microsoft's Vista operating system is currently running on fewer than 20 percent of desktops, but the company's browser market share is up and Google's recent entrant into the browser fray, Chrome, is not gaining much attraction.

That's according to Janco and the IT Productivity Center's March 2009 Browser and Operating System Market Share White Paper.

The study found that Vista is installed on less than one in five desktops, 19.53 percent to be precise. "Vista proves that large companies like Microsoft can and do make huge blunders in technology. Microsoft can no longer count on moving users to new products like Vista as quickly as they want," explained Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco, in a prepared statement.

On the browser front, however, "Microsoft's Internet Explorer's market share has stabilized and Google's Chrome is a non-event," Janulaitis added

More specifically, IE garnered 72.23 percent market share, up from 69.72 percent in March 2008, but down from March 2007, when it captured 78.69 percent, the report found. Google managed to eke out just under 3 percent. Firefox, meanwhile, continued growing to reach 17.18 percent of all users.

In all fairness, of course, Google first made the fledgling browser available last fall. What remains to be seen is how new iterations of each browser will affect market share. The search giant this week returned Chrome to beta and touted speed enhancements, while Microsoft on Thursday made IE8 available, saying the new version brings better security.

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