The duel of free browsers

How did the pre-installed MSIE Microsoft Internet Explorer browser work against the other free browsers? From 88 to 5 in 14 years!



The statistic is from W3 Schools.com . The highest monthly statistics were taken from each year.

Year % Share of visitors
2002 86.7
2003 88.0
2004 84.7
2005 74.5
2006 66.0
2007 58.9
2008 54.8
2009 44.8
2010 36.2
2011 26.6
2012 20.1
2013 14.3
2014 10.2
2015 8.0
2016 6.2
2017 4.9


  The Empire Strikes Back


May 2017: The purchase of new Linux notebooks for the entire family is brutally stopped. Not a single economical 13'' notebook without operating system is more to be found in the offers.

Request at Acer Austria
How is it possible that within a quarter a large range of economical 13'' notebooks without operating system suddenly only with Windows is available?


Acer Austria answers
Of course, you also get a 13 '' notebook without Windows, but only with expensive high-end models, which are more than three times as expensive as Your devices.


Why? Did Microsoft intervene?
Why does the offer of economical 13 '' notebooks without operating system completely disappear? In January 2017 all major manufacturers had been present.