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Internet Explorer Continues To Regain Market Share

Fortunes are changing in the browser wars, and while Internet Explorer had been sliding forever, it slowly reversed the trend last month, and it’s continuing that momentum.  Will it last?  Who knows, but it’s interesting to see where the market share is coming from.

While not as big as last month, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer picked up another .42 percent in July, bringing its two month gain to just over one percent according to the measurements of NetMarketshare.

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%
July 2010 7.16% 22.91% 60.74% 2.45% 5.09%

Chrome and Firefox both took hits this month with a good chunk of those users seemingly switching back to Internet Explorer.

chromediscLets face it, Opera is never going to break out of the range it’s in.  It isn’t a horrible place to be, and the people who do use it swear by it, but I just don’t think we’ll ever see it break out of this 2.3 to 2.5 percent area.

That aside, while everyone has been focusing on what’s going on with Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox, Apple’s Safari has been quietly climbing up the charts and broke through the five percent barrier this month.  We don’t know if this is just due to the number of new Mac customers out there, if iOS copies are sorted out or if it could be people downloading it Windows machines.  Whatever the case may be, Apple is creeping up the wall without anyone really paying attention to it.

The most interesting thing is what is happening with Internet Explorer.  You constantly hear how much people dislike this browser, but yet it’s creeping back up the chart slowly.  It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months.

What say you.  Why do you think Internet Explorer is moving back up the list?

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...