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Internet Explorer Wins Back A Bit Of Market Share

Someone alert the media! (oh wait, that’s us …) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer didn’t lose any market share in June, and it actually went up!

After months of decline, Internet Explorer actually enjoyed a bit of a gain this month, picking back up .63 percent of its lost lead over the other Web browsers on the market.  This month’s report from NetMarketshare shows that it was a bit of a topsy-turvy month for all of the brwosers.

Chrome Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Jan 2010 5.22% 24.43% 62.12% 2.38% 4.53%
Feb 2010 5.61% 24.23% 61.58% 2.35% 4.45%
March 2010 6.13% 24.52% 60.65% 2.37% 4.65%
April 2010 6.73% 24.59% 59.95% 2.30% 4.72%
May 2010 7.05% 24.35% 59.69% 2.43% 4.77%
June 2010 7.24% 23.81% 60.32% 2.27% 4.85%

After having two months of growth, Mozilla’s Firefox is in its second month of a slide, falling over another half percent from the previous month.  Where exactly those loses went isn’t clear as three of the big five browsers all showed market gain.

chromediscGoogle’s Chrome browser continued its upward growth, but it slowed significantly from previous months, only gaining .19 percent from May.  Despite the slowed growth, this marks a fain of a full two percent since the beginning of the year, and that’s nothing to sneeze at to be sure.

The most distressing news of the month came in the form that amongst Internet Explorers slight jump back up the charts, the much hated Internet Explorer went up .01 percent from the previous month to being 17.17 percent of that brand’s share.  To me this shows just how shaky all browser information is because I really doubt anyone went out and installed IE6 in June, it just means they hit the right trackers.  For instance, looking at TechnoBuffalo’s own stats, only 6.61 percent of our visitors using Internet Explorer in June were using IE6 (our top browser is Safari, oddly enough), so it is totally dependent on where those people surf.

While the rest of the browser seem to settle into their positions, it still seems Google Chrome is the one to watch.  It is currently in a pretty solid third place, and it has miles to go to get to second place, but it does look like it’s set to keep growing.

What say you?  What’s your favorite browser and why?


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...

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