Net Applications has reported an increase Internet Explorer's market share with the release of new data from the CIA showing a huge growth in Internet use in China. The NetMarketshare website bases its figures on browser use at a selection of websites then adjusts them to reflect the global population of net users. As the company explained:
"With the new C.I.A. numbers factored in, Firefox loses global share since many of the countries it is most popular in (Western European, in particular) now have a lower percentage of global internet users. Internet Explorer gains as browser usage shifts to countries with higher percentages of Internet Explorer users."
In a blog post, IE9 Reaches 36 Million Downloads; Internet Explorer Share Grows, Microsoft's Roger Capriotti argued that:
"when adjusted using the older weighting, IE8 and 9 actually show even stronger growth on Windows: up 1.31% (versus 1.13% using the new February weighting) – or over three times Chrome’s 0.42% growth. We continue to measure our share progress relative to our addressable base, and in this case our addressable base is Windows."
Overall, IE8 remained the top browser with 34.95%. IE9 could take a long time to surpass that because it doesn't run on Windows XP.
In the chart devoted to the operating systems used for web browsing, Microsoft Windows XP dipped to 55.09% and Vista to 11.01%, while Windows 7 grew from 22.31% to 23.08%. Mac OS X 10.6 placed fourth with 3.40%, with the Mac's total dipping fractionally to 5.19%. This is a gain of 0.5 points in the two years since March 2009. Windows has taken a hit, but on NetMarketshare's numbers, this is due to the growing use of iOS (1.81%), Java ME (1.04%), Android (0.52%) and Symbian (0.35%) for web browsing, not Mac OS X.
Counted separately, the iPad's penetration was 0.66%, the same as IE9's.
On NetMarketshare's numbers, Linux's market share was 0.92%, which is a slight decline on the 1.01% it managed in March 2009.