Internet Explorer Remains World’s Number One Browser

/ 3 years ago


Internet explorer isn’t exactly loved by our readers. When you tend to become a bit of a PC enthusiast or tech geek you will almost religiously avoid Internet Explorer at all costs, opting for Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Yet according to the latest usage statistics by Net Applications Internet Explorer is still largely dominant in the browser market.

Internet explorer 8 is leading the pack with an impressive 22.99% while other Internet Explorer versions such as 9, 6 and 10 all still hold significant market shares. The above graph can be slightly misleading because smaller versions of browsers have been aggregated into the “other” category. The overall figures are as follows:

  • Internet Explorer – 55.99%
  • Mozilla Firefox – 20.63%
  • Google Chrome – 15.74%
  • Safari – 5.46%
  • Opera – 1.77%
  • Other – 0.41%

What is interesting is that if you look at the trends for the past 9 months on Net Applications then you can see that Internet Explorer has been gaining a fair bit of ground (about 2%), Firefox has also gained some ground (0.5%) and so too has Safari (around 0.5%) while Google’s Chrome browser has taken a big hit losing nearly 3% of market share. With a new version of Internet Explorer expected to arrive with Windows 8.1, expect Microsoft’s IE popularity to increase further as it comes pre-installed on the Windows 8.1 OS.

What are your thoughts on these figures? Which browser do you use?

Image courtesy of Net Applications

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  • Tim

    the graphing comparison is unfair, a majority of internet browsers are PC based so ie is the default and the majority people will just used whats preloaded on the PC. Why bother DL a bestter browser it’ll take a few seconds and then install to many its an unneeded chore to just check facebook and a few misc sites

  • d6bmg

    who? noobs, a different schools, in some companies as ‘the safest browser’. 😛

  • warex3d

    Watching this on a Surface with IE 10, hater gonna hate.

  • Ryan

    Tim, what’s that got to do with anything? Stats don’t need to take into consideration how someone got from point A to point B. It just tells it like it is.
    d6bmg, I’ve been using IE all my life and my computer has yet been compromised by your ‘safety’ claim.

  • danwat1234

    IE10 and probably version 11 are quite good and secure. Hopefully Adblock Plus will be developed for it soon

  • Wayne

    Browsers, like most things in life are subject to taste. I use Chrome but if it never existed I’d use IE before I used Firefox. There’s probably nothing inherently wrong with IE 10 although some earlier versions were crappy which forced us to look elsewhere.