Web stats number crunchers NetMarketSharehas released market usage share data for browsers for the month of July and the data shows a gain for Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and a fall for Mozilla's Firefox.
IE is up 0.42%, to 60.74%, its second consecutive month of gains. Firefox on the other hand lost 0.9% to dip under 23%, while Google's Chrome slipped 0.08%.
As you can imagine, Microsoft is crowing over these gains:
Last month, we saw coverage about Internet Explorer posting a worldwide gain in usage share. That encouraging news continues today with Net Applications’ release of their July usage share numbers. Net Applications reports overall Internet Explorer share grew 0.42% worldwide in July, while Firefox lost 0.90% share and Chrome dipped 0.08% in share. Most interesting is the fact that Internet Explorer 8 continues to be the fastest growing browser with a 0.98% increase worldwide in July – and now represents more than 30% of browser usage worldwide. In the US, Internet Explorer 8 picked up share for the third month in a row.
I'm not sure how much bragging rights a 0.42% increase gives Microsoft though, considering it has some 5% more to make up to put it back where it was in September 2009.
Net Applications uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.