IE10 doubles share in April; Chrome continues decline as Firefox leads in second

IE10 doubles share in April; Chrome continues decline as Firefox leads in second

Summary: Internet Explorer 10 has seen a recent bump in users, thanks to Microsoft's move to make the browser available on Windows 7. Meanwhile, when will Chrome gets its mojo back?


Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 has doubled in market share in the past month to more than 6 percent, according to latest figures by Net Applications.

IE10 has been intensely watched due to the connection between the latest browser version and Windows 8. Up until recently, IE10 was only available on Windows 8 machines and Windows RT devices, such as the Surface. As Windows 8 sales figures have been rough on the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant and as a result, IE10 market share figures have also been poor.

But in late February, Microsoft opened up IE10 to Windows 7 machines, giving its largest slice of users on the operating system the opportunity to use the latest browser with better standards and security.

Since then, IE10 has now seen double market share growth in April, the latest figures suggest. But it's still a far cry away from IE9's 18 percent and IE8's 23 percent. By porting the latest browser to the most popular version of Windows, Microsoft is hoping that it can shift the balance to reduce browser fragmentation overall and reduce the scope of Web-based attacks.

Between March and April, Internet Explorer's overall usage dipped by a fraction — 0.02 percentage points to be exact — while Firefox gained 0.09 percentage points. Chrome dipped slightly by 0.10 percentage points, and Safari (desktop only, not including iPhone and iPads) grew by 0.07 percentage points.

(Image: Net Applications)

Looking at IE10's browser market share by percentage, you can see that from March's share of 2.93 percent, it has grown by more than half to 6.02 percent in the 30-day period. If the trend line continues, Microsoft could be looking at hitting double figures with its latest browser in May.

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(Image: Net Applications)

Looking at the rest of the browser market — a hotly contested and bitter market to be engaged in — Firefox remains on top of the second place spot with 20.3 percent, while Chrome stands in a good third place with 16.35 percent.

Also, while these figures related to global standings, Chrome takes the top spot in a number of geographic areas, with many countries in Europe being prolific Chrome users.

(Image: Net Applications)

The browser market is returning to some level of normality following Microsoft's repeated abuse of the browser market, even if it was considered an unfortunate mistake.

Microsoft was dinged with a $731 million fine by European antitrust authorities in March as a result of failing to abide by its settlement commitments relating to its abuse of its dominant position in the browser market.

By failing to include the "browser ballot" choice screen of various different browsers, Internet Explorer included, this led to a shift in overall Internet Explorer users. Mozilla argued that it lost as many as nine million Firefox downloads during the time Microsoft failed to issue the screen to European users.

It's worth noting as it would have had an impact on the rest of the browser market, but the results will become increasingly apparent in the coming months. Also, Windows 7 sales have slowed and it might be that the browser ballot will only be visible to new users or new installs of the operating system. The EU wasn't clear on how Microsoft should amend its browser ballot practices following its recent slap on the wrist.

Topics: Browser, Windows, Windows 8

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  • This is going to be a long comment section!

    3, 2, ...
  • There Will Never Be A Single Dominant Browser Ever Again

    Something that became true once Chrome entered the market is now more true than ever.
    • Chrome didn't change things...

      The multi-browser universe happened long before Chrome was a twinkle in Google's eye. The original dominant browser was Netscape and Internet Explorer is the one that split the market up, eventually eliminating Netscape. After that, it was Firefox which took share away from IE for many years. Chrome is just the latest in a long string of browser choices we've had for decades and it's currently losing share in most areas of the world.
      • Yep, they rise and fall ...

        ... so don't write Chrome's obituary yet! It's still the best by far.

        Remeber that most windoes users get IE by default with a new machine; with the W* problems, worrying about upgrading their browser probably wasn't a top priority.

        Either way, this is not as significant as the author implies.
        • Chrome rocks!

          I, personally, don't see why IE10 has ANY market share. IE10 continues the Microsoft tradition of NOT supporting things on the web. Try watching a web video (WebM using HTML5) that is hosted from a Cloud source... nope. Chrome does it. Try playing an Internet radio flash player from a web site, IE10? No. Chrome works. IE10 is useless. YMMV. Personal opinions are my own.
          • question

            I am not sure about this but isn't webm a google technology or atleast supported by google. It is only natural that chrome supports it. Plus, current html5 specification doesn't say which format a browser should support. IOW, there is no standard yet so IE doesn't have to support webm. it does support h.264.
          • Yes

            WebM is a technology that is basically a Google technology.
            Michael Alan Goff
          • IE10 can have Webm

            Webm is a google's technology but u can download and install webm on IE. and it works Perfect. I tried it on Youtube's html5 player website.
          • IE10 works with touch

            If you're ikn a Windows 8 machine and try to use Chrome, you'll be sadly disappointed. Stretch to zoom and other features just don't work. If youre using a touch interface (including the Chrome OS), the Chrome browser is a little frustrating.

            Also, how is it that Macs do not need a browser "ballot" system? Mac machines have many browser choices, including Chrome, yet they don't need to choose a browser. What about the iPad? The Chrome browser on iPad is pretty good. Why not force a ballot there? Or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? If I were Microsoft, I'd sue to for all OS manufacturers in Europe to abide by the same rules Windows has to abide by.
            A Gray
      • Chrome is bloody awful

        Tried Chrome, and hated it, Firefox all the waheeey!
        • agree

          On my computer, chrome is a resource hog.
        • Also Agree

          Chrome is not as wonderful as the Google fans make it out to be. All three major browsers have their postives and negatives. It depends upon which web sites you go to.
          Burger Meister
          • Agreed. It's not the best.

            It sucks up ram like a vacuum on my mac.
  • "following Microsoft's repeated abuse of the browser market"

    So are you trying to be funny here? Or are you a complete dope? Microsoft has never, ever abused the browser market. Ever.
    • Yes exactly

      I'm yet to see Apple to bundle it's OS with ballot to tell you to install Chrome or IE.
      • the EU browser ballot decision was useful

        as an illustration of the absurdity that can be reached by governments trying to regulate industries they don't understand. Too bad the lesson was lost on most people.
      • revisionist a bit?

        Let's not forget, that including the browser bailout was Microsoft's own proposal!

        They proposed this in exchange of being fined less at the time. One could say they made good deal, because the latest fine minus inflation and interest rates is likely less than what they would pay back then. Basic corporate profit calculations. Just don't be silly to pity Microsoft.
    • Remember IE6

      ...the most commonly used browser in the world when it was first released because it made its own standards and made them incompatible with their competitor and contributed to Netscape's demise and MS temporary monopoly.

      To date, some businesses still keep IE6 as the primary browser for internal applications as it uses proprietary codes and scripts not available to other browsers.

      For businesses, It will cost millions of dollars to make a new web app compatible with the latest browser, plus another million for any problems caused for rewriting the code.

      It'll be pretty hard for all of us if one browser tries to dominate by using exclusive codes. We can't afford another fragmentation.
      • Choice

        If folks *chose* to use the browser with Microsoft's proprietary standards (accepting your statement uncritically), they must have preferred what Microsoft did. It was the users that marginalized Netscape.

        But there were a lot of other things. Microsoft supported its browser better and more cheaply and made its browser embeddable in other software, which Netscape never did.
        • few people ever "chose" IE6, just as very few people "choose" IE 7/8/9/10

          It was bundled, inseparably with windows, and most people didn't (and many still don't) know that there is an alternative.

          That's why MS had the control over the internet, not because their product was good, but because it was anti-competitive. There were federal court cases and everything... :P