Internet Explorer Continues To Gain Browser Market Share, Now Holds 58.21% Of The Market

Net Applications Browser Marketshare Jan

According to latest data from NetApplications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser continues to gain market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer gained 0.30% up from 57.91 percent to 58.21 percent. Internet Explorer 11 has also passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.25% of market share.

Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 18% web browser market share in January.

via: TNW

  • mee

    Why is this news?? The next in line browser only holds 18%. Unless the IE share went up 40% everyone already knew IE is the most used. Its common sense.

    • Ray

      Unlike you or many others users on this site, most Internet users were hearing that IE is doomed and Chrome is quickly passing IE, which is opposite to the data listed here.

    • Tips_y

      You’d be surprised – there are people who actually believe chrome is the no. 1 web browser and the most popular, included among those who believe that are some who frequent this site! I got into an argument about it once in the comments section following an article posted months ago. This article is necessary to enlighten the mis-guided and mis-informed, and the trolls.

  • JimmyFal

    I deal with a lot of not so savvy consumers, all day every day. IE 11 has introduced the fact that many many many webites do not work the way they are supposed to. Who’s fault that is can be argued all day long, but it sure would make it easier if folks knew about compatibility mode. I have more banks etc. etc. telling people to use Chrome instead just because the idiot at the bank doesn’t know about compatibility view.
    Are these sites really that hard to bring up to snuff? Don’t they know months ahead of time that to make their sites compatible, or is it MS fault? Whoever is to blame, MS gets the blame from where my customers point the fingers.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      That is true, no matter what Microsoft does, they’ll get the fault, the E.U. even gets mad at MICROSOFT when Google wasn’t fined at the anti-trust case, while Microsoft had to pay a billion U.S. Dollars because they didn’t include a 3rd party list (note that I’m using a summation of both cases), we (the Europeans) could’ve gotten free money from Google, but no, Google gets a small tap on their fingers, while Microsoft gets bruised, and when Microsoft points this out, they’ll get further scorned. :-

  • Victor Who

    This certainly one way to look at these stats, because StatCounter stats provide can provide a totally different picture with Google holding a (approx) 40% market share.

    One thing that these stats don’t tell you about the IE percentage is how much of IE is used for businesses? Doesn’t anybody find it curious that IE 8 has 21.25% marketshare, where the electable browsers, Chrome and Firefox have 16.28% and 18.08%? The reasonable answer is this: IE 8 comes with Windows 7. I find it interesting that when people at home update their OS, they not electing to upgrade to Windows 11. Maybe they do, but certainly businesses don’t and most likely won’t. That’s the boost, in this NetApplication study that’s giving IE the positive numbers. I wonder if their is a study of IE use on weekends, when corporate business offices are usually not open at that time.

    • Stuart

      Not sure if this is true, but I have read that the StatCounter numbers are thrown out by the fact that Google uses its Chrome engine on its servers to view/index/cache the site data for its results and these automated visits make it appear as though Chrome has more active users than it actually does.

  • Schoe

    I would have expected some of the mobile phone based browsers to dominate, or is this desktop only (and not tablets etc.?)