We have had some indications that Microsoft messed up the launch of its new browser. Now, more than two weeks into the availability of the software, we have a better idea which browsers were affected by the introduction of the browser and which ones were not. To see a first trend, we had a close look at the market share data published by Net Applications – which publicly releases detailed numbers every day.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 has been available for 18 days and remains the company's weakest web browser at launch since version 3. While the software now seems to be close to 4% market share, it appears to be unable to stop the bleeding of other IE versions. Since the beginning of the year, Mozilla's Firefox has picked up more than half of the users IE lost; the other half went to Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome. This trend is evident in new market share numbers published by Net Applications and StatCounter, which show that Firefox hit a new record market share in March.