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Challenges to Microsoft's Web browser dominance are mounting as Internet Explorer loses more market share to open-source rival Mozilla
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer lost nearly a percentage point in market share in the past seven weeks and is nearing a loss of 3 percentage points since its decline first began in early June, Web analytics provider WebSideStory Inc. reported Monday. Internet Explorer dropped to 92.9 percent of the browser market as of Oct. 29,which is a decline of 0.8 percentage points since WebSideStory's last market-share report on Sept. 10 and a 2.6 percentage point drop overall, reports eWeek. Open-source browsers such as Firefox, as well as Apple Computer's Safari, seem to be stealing market share from Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer. WebSideStory measures market share by embedding sensors on major Web sites for the Walt Disney Internet Group, Best Buy, Sony, DaimlerChrysler and Liz Claiborne. These sensors can tell which browsers visitors are using to view the sites. In the big picture, Mozilla and Firefox are specks of dust compared with the near-ubiquity of Internet Explorer. But given IE's fifth consecutive month of decline and Mozilla/Firefox's fifth consecutive month of growth, analysts are beginning to wonder whether and when the shift will stop, informs ZD Net News. According to the Mozilla Foundation, the group received more than $250,000 during its 10-day fundraising campaign. IE, which is often derided as being less secure than its alternative counterparts, recently got a small security "endorsement" from a security researcher for the quality of code in the browser. But Both IE and alternative browsers have faced security issues. Alternatives have recently suffered from a tabbed browsing vulnerability while IE continues to be plagued by a drag and drop vulnerability, says Internet News
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