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September Web Browser Market Report Has Chrome Posting Biggest Gains

The September report for browser market share is out, and I’m not really sure what to make of it as the big release of the Internet Explorer beta seems to have had zero impact.

Lets take a look at the chart so far for this year 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%
August 2010 7.52% 22.93% 60.40% 2.37% 5.16%
September 2010 7.98% 22.96% 59.65% 2.39% 5.27%

It looks like Chrome’s gains are pretty much unstoppable at this point, despite a curious dip in July.  It looks like it could conceivably end the year somewhere just over nine percent of the market.

chromediscWhat is surprising is the continuing slide of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.  These numbers hit just about the same time that Microsoft announced on its official blog that the IE9 beta had been downloaded six million times last month, making you think it would have had an uptick this month in market share.  Apparently it was only current IE users upgrading, and not new or returning people?  I know I haven’t used IE in ages, and I gave the new beta a pretty good spin around the Interwebs to try it out.  Perhaps being limited in which versions of the Windows OS it works with impacted it?  No matter how you look at it, it does seem a bit curious.

Apple’s Safari continues to chug along, but despite nine months of growth, it’s only up .74 percent.  Come on, little buddy, you can do it!

Mozilla’s Firefox continued minor gains after a rather large fall in June, and Opera continues to hover in that never ending pit of 2.3 to 2.4 percent.

What say you?  What is your current favorite browser, and which do you despise?

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...