The Register Should Know Better

Right about this time each month, some blogger or journalist ogles Net Applications browser data and writes about Internet Explorer’s declining “marketshare”. The Register is May’s guilty party, calling the data something it isn’t. Headline: “Internet Explorer drops below 60% market share“—that’s for April.

Net Apps also refers to the data as marketshare but it’s a measure of usage share, which is a big difference. Net Apps measures which browsers access millions of Websites, but the publicly available topline data doesn’t distinguish whether or not one or multiple browsers are being used.Still, it’s tough knocks for Microsoft, watching IE usage share slip month after month. Will IE ever get its mojo back? Nah, IE dominated from monopoly not mojo. Now there is choice, people are choosing something else.