Data released by NetMarketShare for September shows that the usage share for Internet Explorer continues to slide, dropping to its lowest level this year.
Internet Explorer's usage share how 59.65%, beating this year's previous low of 59.75% set in May. Microsoft might have been pleased with the 6 million downloads of the IE9 beta, but this only translates into a 0.34% usage share. While IE8 enjoyed an increase in usage share, the browser is being dragged down by users migrating from older versions.
Firefox, Safari and Opera all held their ground well, while Google Chrome jumped up nearly half a percentage point to 7.98%.
I look foor trends rather than data points in these numbers, and it's clear that IE is trending downwards!
NetMarketShare uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.