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Microsoft keeps dominance in South Korean web browser market

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U.S.-based Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer stood as the most popular PC web browser in South Korea, data showed Wednesday, while Google Inc.’s Android platform took the lead on mobile devices.

Internet Explorer took up 87.64 percent of the local online browser market for PCs in the January-June period, up 0.14 percentage point from a year earlier, according to the data compiled by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA).

Google’s Chrome browser followed with a share of 8.82 percent, down 0.44 percentage point on-year, the data showed.

Firefox, Swing, Safari, and Opera followed with 1.8 percent, 0.68 percent, 0.58 percent, and 0.04 percent, respectively, indicating that most South Korean PC users still opt to use Internet Explorer.

About 97.85 percent of South Korean users’ PCs ran on Microsoft’s Windows platforms, trailed by Apple’s operating system, with 1.39 percent. Only 0.57 percent used Linux, they showed.

Of the Windows users, 14.42 percent still used Windows XP, whose service was recently discontinued by Microsoft.

As for mobile devices, Android-powered web browsers overwhelmed other systems with a market share of 75.11 percent, up 1.5 percentage points from a year earlier. Apple’s Safari followed with 15.02 percent.

About 84.11 percent of smartphones in South Korea ran on the Android operating systems, while Apple’s iOS stood at 15.87 percent, acording to the data.

A woman stands next to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 10 platform sign on July 29, 2015, in this file photo. Microsoft's Internet Explorer remains the most popular PC web browser in South Korea over the first half of 2015, data showed on Aug. 26, while Google Inc.'s Android platform took the lead on mobile devices. (Yonhap) A woman stands next to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 10 platform sign on July 29, 2015, in this file photo. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer remains the most popular PC web browser in South Korea over the first half of 2015, data showed on Aug. 26, while Google Inc.’s Android platform took the lead on mobile devices. (Yonhap)

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