The browser wars are back on and Microsoft has been making significant gains. Net Applications released their monthly report yesterday.
Internet Explorer’s total marketshare is nearly 56% now and between April and May the browser gained 0.18 percentage points. In the same time period Firefox has gained 0.33 percentage points to 20.63 percent. Chrome has lost 0.61 percentage points and now only commands 15.74 of browser marketshare. I am going to skip over Opera and Safari.
With Microsoft pushing IE10 through Windows Update on Windows 7, IE10 marketshare has been surging. IE10 has gained 3.24% while IE9 lost 2.78%. I’m sure you’ll see a couple blogs with the headline “IE9 loses marketshare.” IE8 remains the world’s most popular browser on Windows XP with 22.99%, dipping .09 percentage points. Windows XP users cannot upgrade past IE8, and really should upgrade their OS with XP nearing end of life. IE10 is now greater than the combined marketshare of IE7 & IE6 which stand at 1.78% and 6.03% respectively. China remains a big part of the reason why IE6 marketshare is so high.
Firefox now commands 20.63%, finally stabilizing after losing marketshare to Chrome. Chrome stands at 15.74% and has not been able to hit the 16% mark since its all time high in August of 2011.
I’m using IE10 as my primary browser and am looking forward to upgrading to IE11 in the next month. What are you using? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: TNW (Read their full post with further breakdowns and charts of other browsers)