Microsoft Internet Explorer Gains Browser Market Share To 57.6 Percent

Browser Marketshare August

According to Netmarketshare’s numbers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser gained market share in August hitting a two-year high of 57.6 percent. Google Chrome lost the most among the major browsers which saw its usage drop from 17.76 percent to 16 percent. I was surprised by the numbers when I saw it first, then came to know that Netmarketshare changed the way they measure their numbers this month.

Ed Bott from ZDNet summarized it as follows,

Net Applications recently changed its formula for measuring usage. In an undated note labeled “Important methodology change,” the company explains:

This month we start deducting hidden pages from our usage share statistics. Hidden pages are pages that are rendered but never viewed by the user, therefore, they should not be included in usage share data. An example of a hidden page is a page that loads in a background tab upon the launch of the browser and is never made visible.

That note appears to have been added to the site in July, although it’s not clear from the note when the new methodology took effect. The change in methodology is intended to help measure actual behavior by PC users rather than background activities performed by browser code. Previously, the company’s stats had excluded prerendered pages, which Chrome uses to load pages in the background as a Google user types a search request. In February 2012, prerendered pages accounted for 4.8 percent of Chrome pages. In June 2013, that number was over 12 percent.

Read more about it from the link below. Another related news, Windows 8 Overtakes All Versions Of Mac OS X Combined In Terms Of Worldwide OS Market Share.

Source: Netmarketshare via: ZDNET

  • Adrian Remus

    IE is pretty underrated. In terms of performance, it is the best, at least for me

    • Q.

      It’s unbearable on my PCs.

      • TryllZ

        On my XP its too slow so I use chrome, that’s constantly crashing for Shockwave plugin has stopped….but on Windows 7 & 8, IE takes the pole position, nothing comes closer….

        • Yuan Taizong

          Same here, whenever I launch Google Chrome on my XP it crashes, if I launch Internet Explorer, my entire PC crashes 😐 I had to resort to Opera. but on my Windows 8 P.C. I use Internet Explorer 10 and it’s awesome, I sometimes find myself on Firefox, Netscape Navigator, Waterfox, Opera, Safari, Flock and Google Chrome to test them against each other, and Waterfox is #2 (a specialized version of Mozilla Firefox for x86 systems) and Google Chrome even loses from the unupdated Apple Safari browser, but honest be I now, I’m using it now to test how fast it loads pages vs. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

        • Mike366

          because IE9-11 doesn’t support XP. If MS fixed this…

          • TryllZ

            even if it was supported on XP, Id rather go for IE10-11….

      • reKitab

        Get yourself IE10, or IE11, and you’ll feel the power. Or maybe you’re still on XP:)

    • donzebe

      For me too.

  • Daniël Plooij

    IE works great for me, i always used Firefox years ago, but after IE9 i’m back at the good old IE browser.

  • hansu

    Enjoying the great experience in IE11. Thank you MS.

    • Yuan Taizong

      You’re probably on the preview version of Windows 8.1 (Blue) 😛
      I’m looking forward at getting the full version myself.

  • Yuan Taizong

    I love Internet Explorer, I used to hate it, but I love it now, it has evolved with its time, I hope Internet Explorer will act as a metaphor for Microsoft, once the worst, hated by all, then slowly regaining it’s power and outperforming the competition.

  • NegLewis

    IE has only one fault: the UI it’s from the 60′. It should support themes.
    And loads itself pretty… slow.
    IE should load/open in under 1s.. and load the rest of services in different threads.

  • Bugbog

    I’m surprised no one has commented on the “fiddling” being done by Google Chrome?! Isn’t it weird that background tabs increased by such a huge margin (4.8 – 12.5%) in just the period of a year?

    Good re-adjustment by Net Applications!

  • DigTheNoise

    I still use FF for some plugins (like Download Helper). I used to use FF for the majority of my browsing, since IE 10 I have used IE for better than 99% of my browsing — I’ll go days without cranking up FF. Interesting, too, I quit testing my websites in Chrome prior to release — I just wait until somebody says something doesn’t look right in Chrome.

  • Sean Heath

    I am confused by the different news about browser market share. Net Marketshare shows a large lead for IE. then I saw an article on Yahoo finance that references a Dadaviz chart that has Chrome far outstripping IE. Which one is true for any given value of the term?