Internet Explorer regains market share at Firefox's expense

By on July 1, 2010, 12:26 PM
Love it or hate it, Internet Explorer is still the browser to beat in terms of market share -- and it seems Microsoft isn't ready to roll over dead just yet. After roughly two years of seeing a constant decline in browser usage, the company managed revert this longstanding trend with a 0.57% gain for the month of June. While it's admittedly a small gain, IE appears to be reclaiming share at the expense of Mozilla Firefox, which has struggled to grow its market share this year.

Microsoft's browser came in at 60.32%, up from 59.75% in May, according to Net Applications. Mozilla's Firefox, meanwhile, dropped in usage from 24.3% to 23.8%, while Chrome saw modest growth climbing from 7 to 7.2%. Apple's Safari saw a slight bump from 4.8 to 4.9% and Opera remained fifth globally dropping from 2.4 to 2.3%. Microsoft was quick to gloat over Net Applications' report in a blog post by Ryan Gavin, who noted that IE 8 in particular saw three times the growth Google Chrome last month, "continuing the trend of being the fastest growing browser."

Although a couple of month's worth of data doesn't really make a trend, things might be looking up for Microsoft's browser and any positive momentum it gets will only help matters as Internet Explorer 9's launch approaches.

It wasn't all bad news for Firefox, however. Today IBM gave the open source browser its vote of confidence by making it the default option for about 400,000 employees. In terms of market share it probably won't mean much, but having a major corporation like IBM backing your product might help influence others, especially with the company calling Firefox "enterprise ready" and "the gold standard for what an open, secure, and standards-compliant browser should be."




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princeton princeton said:

Well then IBM are a bunch of ******* ******. IE is without a doubt the worst browser out there. It's extremely slow, It uses too many system resources, it has no extensions or addons like firefox(and soon chrome). What were they thinking when they made that decision?

VonDisco said:

princeton, the story says IMB made Firefox the default option, not Internet Explorer :P

princeton princeton said:

VonDisco said:

princeton, the story says IMB made Firefox the default option, not Internet Explorer :P

Oh god misread it. That scared me. Thanks for clarifying that.

RuskiSnajper said:

That's maybe because IE is used for porn hahah

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Microsoft said:

Microsoft was quick to gloat over Net Applications' report in a blog post by Ryan Gavin, who noted that IE 8 in particular saw three times the growth Google Chrome last month, "continuing the trend of being the fastest growing browser."

I don't know why this bugs me so much, but it's obvious they're trying to imply that users are switching voluntarily to IE8 instead of recognizing that IE8 is standard with every new Windows 7 install and constantly nags Windows users to upgrade to it.

joshuafords said:

I myself use Firefox instead of internet explorer as it is fast and safe. No other browser can beat take its place.

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fwilliams said:

I believe w3cschools has more accurate numbers

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PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

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Directly from your link:

"W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to use Internet Explorer, since it comes preinstalled with Windows. Most do not seek out other browsers.

These facts indicate that the browser figures above are not 100% realistic. Other web sites have statistics showing that Internet Explorer is used by at least 80% of the users."

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