Microsoft developed its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser with the
express intention of killing off the incumbent market leader (Netscape
Navigator) and dominating the planet - and it did exactly that!
By 2002 of the more than 600 million global Internet Users, IE had around
90% of the market.
Today, according to NetMarketShare, IE still dominates the global
desktop web-browser market with a 55% share.
That dominance however does not translate to the booming mobile space
where IE's 2.31% share falls well short of Apple's Safari (53.91%) and
Google's 2 x mobile browsers - Android Browser (23.44%) and Chrome
Even Opera Mini (3.51%) out performs IE in the mobile browser space.
But IE's future is now even more shaky after Microsoft admitted on
Saturday that all versions from IE6 - IE11 have a serious security
According to a Microsoft security advisory, "An attacker who successfully
exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected
system...could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or
create new accounts with full user rights."
What's even more troubling is that Microsoft can only resolve the issue for
the latest versions of the Microsoft Operating System: Users operating
Windows XP or earlier versions have no way to protect against this
vulnerability - ever.
If you're running Windows XP or older - stop using IE immediately
Microsoft has suggested a couple of steps to take for Users with more
recent Windows versions to address the problem until they can resolve the
issue, but our recommendation (and that of the Australian Government
) is to simply download, install
and start using an alternative browser. The two most popular are Google Chrome
and Mozilla Firefox