Market Shares for Browsers and Platforms

Market Shares for Browsers and Platforms

Timothy Taylor 04/04/2019 6
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Teachers of intro economics, as well as industrial organization classes, are often on the lookout for recent examples of market shares that can be used for talking about the extent to which certain markets are concentrated or competitive. The W3 Counter offers a monthly breakdown of market shares for browsers and platforms. For February 2019, here's a figure for internet browser market share:


Here's a figure showing patterns over time, and thus showing the substantial rise of Chrome and the mild rise of Firefox, and the corresponding falls of Internet Explorer/Edge and Safari. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you will have a tendency to see this either as proof that Google's Chrome has a worrisome level of market dominance, or as proof that even seemingly dominant browser market shares can fall in a fairly short time.


Finally, here's a table with the market share of various platforms in February 2019, but it needs to be read with care, since it lists multiple versions of Windows, Android, and ioS/Mac.

 
 
A version of this article first appeared on Conversable Economist

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  • Connor Doherty

    Opera #1 for me

  • Donald Claxton

    Chrome is so freaking overrated.

  • Scott Kirwan

    There are so many fishes on the sea. Vivaldi, Brave, Yandex, puffin browser even Opera.

  • Peter Marcroft

    George Soros owns half of Firefox. He invested on it this year. Be careful, don't trust it.

  • Neil Clark

    Firefox really my no1 but recently Chrome 10 got my attention

  • Adam Barnsley

    Short and concise, thanks for the info

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Timothy Taylor

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Timothy Taylor is an American economist. He is managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a quarterly academic journal produced at Macalester College and published by the American Economic Association. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and a master's degree in economics from Stanford University. At Stanford, he was winner of the award for excellent teaching in a large class (more than 30 students) given by the Associated Students of Stanford University. At Minnesota, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Department of Economics and voted Teacher of the Year by the master's degree students at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Taylor has been a guest speaker for groups of teachers of high school economics, visiting diplomats from eastern Europe, talk-radio shows, and community groups. From 1989 to 1997, Professor Taylor wrote an economics opinion column for the San Jose Mercury-News. He has published multiple lectures on economics through The Teaching Company. With Rudolph Penner and Isabel Sawhill, he is co-author of Updating America's Social Contract (2000), whose first chapter provided an early radical centrist perspective, "An Agenda for the Radical Middle". Taylor is also the author of The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works, published by the Penguin Group in 2012. The fourth edition of Taylor's Principles of Economics textbook was published by Textbook Media in 2017.

   

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