NetMarketShare: Chrome breaks 10%, iOS breaks 2%

Summary:With another month checked off, it's time to trawl through the NetMarketShare data for January to see who are the winners and who are the losers.

With another month checked off, it's time to trawl through the NetMarketShare data for January to see who are the winners and who are the losers.

First, lets take a look at the browsers. Chrome makes the headlines for breaking the 10% usage share barrier, up 0.72% on December's numbers to end January at 10.70%.

Safari also made modest gains, up from 5.89% in December to 6.30% at the end of January. Firefox continues to slide, down from 22.81% to 22.75%, and Internet Explorer is also down, from 57.08% to 56.00%.

It's not all bad news for Internet Explorer though, as the data shows that Internet Explorer 8 gained 1.15% to end January at 34.17%.

On the operating system front, Apple's iOS makes the headlines by breaking 2% usage share mark worldwide, and hitting over 5% in the UK and Australia. New devices received as gifts over the holidays helped to boost these figures, as is normal for this time of year.

Along with iOS, Mac OS X was also up in January, from 5.02% in December to 5.25%.

Windows sees its overall usage share fall slightly (down to 89.70% from 90.29%), but Windows 7 shows strong growth, up to 22.31% from 20.87%. All other Windows versions show a steady decline.

NetMarketShare uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.

Topics: Windows, Apple, Browser, Google, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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