### Micro.Blog (Patrick H. Mullins)
Date: June 06th, 2022 - Time: 02:22 PM EST
Post: The Current State of The Web

The May, 2022 Statcounter GlobalStats data has been posted and Apple's Safari web browser now has over one billion active users. That would give it a 19.16% share among all internet users. Microsoft Edge has 3.99% and Mozilla Firefox has a paltry 3.26%. Google's Chrome browser leads the pack with a 64.95% market share. That's not as bad as the 96% market share that Internet Explorer had back in the late nineties, but it's still bad news for anyone who cares about a free and open Internet. The new report also details things like the most popular platform, vendor, operating system, search engine, and device type. Things overall are not looking good for anyone other than Google and mobile devices (cellphones) in general. The mobile browser market share is sitting at a hefty 59.02%. Compared to 38.65% for the Desktop and 2.33% for Tablets. I don't know about you, but I don't like this new, mobile-first world that we now find ourselves living in. I've been a desktop person for as long as I can remember and I feel more comfortable using desktop class web browsers whenever I need to spend any time online.

But I digress. Let's get back to the recently updated Statcounter data and the search engine, mobile vendor, and operating system numbers. Google now controls a massive 92.48% of the search engine market, followed by Microsoft's Bing (3.08%), Yahoo! (1.3%), and DuckDuckGo (0.62%). The mobile vendor market share is divided between Samsung (28.25%) and Apple (27.85%) with the rest made up of smaller vendors with an otherwise insignificant share. Finally, we come to the operating system market share. Google's Android OS (43.25%) has a healthy lead over Microsoft Windows (29.15%), Apple iOS (17.69%), Apple macOS/OSX (5.79%), and Linux (0.95%). Google now controls 64.95% of the web browser market, 92.48% of the search engine market, and 28.25% of the mobile hardware market. Not to mention the fact that mobile devices are now more popular than tablets and desktops combined.

What this means is that Google now has absolute control over the future of the Internet and the World Wide Web. They can dictate policy and influence what's included in future HTML and CSS specifications, and they can introduce non-W3C compliant changes to the HTML spec that render sites broken in competing web browsers. In extreme cases, browser checks are done via Javascript to verify what web browser you're using, and if you're anything other than a Google Chrome user, the entire site will be off-limits to you. You might be think that these things won't happen to you, but you'd be wrong. I use Mozilla Firefox and I have, unfortunately, experienced everything mentioned here already. Make no mistake, there is a new browser/search war being waged daily on the world wild web. The outcome of this conflict will not only determine how we use the web today, but it will affect our overall online privacy, and it will shape how later generations of web users interact with the web.

The Future of the World Wide Web

All is not lost though. There is still time to turn this around and it all starts with you. Please consider using a free and open source web browser like Mozilla Firefox and a privacy-focused search engine like Kagi, Brave, or DuckDuckGo.