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Internet Explorer Slows Its Decline, But Still Loses Ground

Another month, another loss for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

About the only good thing that can be said about the month of May for Internet Explorer’s marketshare is that it slowed its usual decline by a bit, but it still lost some ground.  Here’s the chart since the beginning of this year from information gathered from NetMarketshare.

Jan. 2010 Feb. 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010
Chrome 5.22% 5.61% 6.13% 6.73% 7.05%
Firefox 24.43% 24.23% 24.52% 24.59% 24.35%
Internet Explorer 62.12% 61.58% 60.65% 59.95% 59.69%
Opera 2.38% 2.35% 2.37% 2.30% 2.43%
Safari 4.53% 4.45% 4.65% 4.72% 4.77%

The oddity in this month’s report is that Firefox had a pretty significant slide of nearly a quarter percent after two months of modest growth.  What the cause was isn’t clear unless it was just people just growing more frustrated with the slowness of the browser as it seems to be pretty universally agreed the program is just suffering from too much code bloat.

chromediscOnce again it was Google’s Chrome that enjoyed the largest gain, although it was the smallest amount of growth the browser has seen yet this year.  Apple’s Safari and Opera also enjoyed some gains this month, but not by any large amounts.  It definitely feels like users are wanting to move away from the status quo and try some of the other options that are out there.

The most intriguing browser news of this month comes from analytics company StatCounter.  According to that company’s information, Internet Explorer 6, the much hated version of the program, fell below five percent usage in the United States and Europe for the first time.  When you break out the U.S. by itself, usage has fallen from 11.5 percent 12-months ago to just 4.7 percent currently.  Unfortunately, when you factor in Asia, usage is still around 20.8 percent, so there is still quite a ways to go before we are rid of the program all together.

May is known as a slow month on the Web, as are June and July, so there probably won’t be too many more shifts until August and September, but the same trends seem to still be in place.  Will we see a ten percent marketshare for Chrome in the not too distant future?  Only time will tell.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...