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IE Makes Global Gains for Second Month in a Row


IE Makes Global Gains for Second Month in a Row

Come on Mozilla, to let Microsoft make browser gains in one month is a misfortune, but to let it grow two months in a row looks like carelessness.

According to data from NetMarketShare, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer grew in use across the world by 0.42% in July, the second month in a row it has enjoyed increases, taking its total gain since May to 1%. In the US, it has grown for a worrying three months in a row.

The increase comes at the expense of Firefox, which has dropped by 0.9% and Chrome, which has decreased by a sliver at 0.08%.

This is good news for Microsoft, which briefly lost its crown as the world’s most popular browser back in December. Sure enough, Microsoft was happy to crow about the feat on its Internet Explorer blog, and feeds nicely into the hype that it hopes to create for its forthcoming IE9, which is currently available in Preview.

""Ultimately, we know customers have a choice when it comes to the browser they use, and that choice has a lot to do with the good work that developers and our partners do to build a better web with Internet Explorer," Microsoft's IE head Ryan Gavin wrote.

The Mozilla foundation meanwhile has Firefox 4 waiting in the wings, and currently beta 2 is doing the rounds, while Google is still detailing its wild and crazy browser experiments on its Chrome blog.

Link: NetMarketShare July browser stats.

Hans Grob

August 2, 2010, 9:48 pm

I find througout that all private users who don't browse often and have no computer expertise have merely IE installed by preconfiguration, while experts who may be active for hours daily have mostly moved to an alternative browser. So counting merely the numbers of respective users does not show the real market share in browsing.

In the offices, we find the same resistance towards alternative technology as ever: Henry Ford said that any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black. In the 80s, IT head confirmed that any computer could be installed as long as the name IBM is written on its plate.


August 3, 2010, 12:08 am

IE8 blows away the competition on small screens like netbooks, I think this a factor.

High time they canned IE6.


August 3, 2010, 12:23 am

Kudos on the Oscar Wilde quote ;)


August 3, 2010, 2:12 am

@Hans Grob

By jove, you're right! I spend hours adding support for IE6 to the pages I build. I'd love to see that browser drop even further so I can ignore it all together.

I find browser shares vary a good deal depending on where you get the numbers from. W3 Schools' browser share page paints a different picture again.


August 3, 2010, 2:36 am

@hank Chrome is the most compact UI of all the browsers - especially with the bookmarks bar off!


August 3, 2010, 3:46 am

@hank, Gordon, Opera 10.6 is even more compact than Chrome. And it's faster on my machine too!


August 3, 2010, 1:28 pm

> Come on Mozilla, to let Microsoft make browser gains in one month is a misfortune, but to let it grow two months in a row looks like carelessness.

I'm a big fan of TR, and I don't have a lot of time for IE, but isn't this statement an example of biased journalism? Does TR have an interest in seeing Mozilla triumph over FF? I thought TR would advocate a dynamic competition between the browsers, because that would lead to innovation which will hopefully benefit consumers.


August 3, 2010, 2:07 pm

I concur - having done much experimenting, I've found that Opera is the browser to have on a netbook. It's compact, fast and even Flash runs better in it. It's a shame its market share is so poor. It doesn't deserve it.


August 3, 2010, 3:24 pm

Opera was unfortunately not mentioned in the article. I do agree with it having the most compact design, though. The point that Gordon mentioned is actually a disadvantage that Chrome slings at its users, for what better way can they access their bookmarks without the bookmarks bar? There is none. Opera did it better in that sense.


August 3, 2010, 3:41 pm


Chrome sucks on a tiny eee first gen 800x400 screen, with no easy access page zoom settings, inferior keyboard navigation, pixel intrusive UI and bookmark system. Opera had the same faults, the UI's do not scale anywhere near as good as IE. Chrome/Opera user tailoring is akin to £5.99 iron free shirt from Tesco's, IE felt like Saville Row.

Both Chrome and Opera had numerous problems with sites not tuned for their take on CSS.

Sorry guys this is Hank tested I am not even going bother to mention the fox.

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