Microsoft continues to revive the fortunes of its once-ailing Internet Explorer (IE), with new figures from NetMarketShare reporting that the browser has increased its share of the browser market in by 0.42 per cent in July to bag a total share of 60.74 per cent.
Firefox hit reverse gear
Some of those gains seem to be at the expense of Firefox, who saw their market share slump 0.9 per cent to keep them in second place with 22.91% of the market.
Google’s Chrome browser slipped a little too, losing 0.08 per cent of its market share, leaving them with a 7.16 per cent slice of the market.
In fourth place was Safari, registering a 0.24 per cent nudge upwards to grab a 5.09 per cent share, while fifth-placed Opera saw a slight boost in their fortunes to take their share to 2.45 per cent.
IE on the rise again
Although Internet Explorer has steadily lost market share over the last few years – its days of near-total dominance are long gone – it still remains the most popular browser in the world by a considerable margin.
Overall market trends see Internet Explorer’s share continuing to rise – no doubt boosted by the imminent release of IE9 – with Chrome continuing to be a hot potato in town, with a fast growing user base.
For Firefox it’s a different story, however – the browser peaked in April at 24.59 per cent and it’s been a slow slide downhill all the way since. A bit like Luton Town FC, but not as bad.