(The Hosting News) – How are the top web browsers stacking up against each other in the fight for web dominance? If the month of March serves as any indication, the landscape may have shifted, if only slightly.
According to the most recent statistics unveiled by research firm Net Applications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has halted a steady decline experienced within the past year. The browser which has remained the most used had seen a loss in market share likely due to the rising popularity of Google’s Chrome.
For last month, Internet Explorer accounted for 53.83% of use, representing a .99% increase compared to the preceding month. It also represented the browser’s highest mark since September of 2011.
Microsoft recently took to the Windows Blog to celebrate Internet Explorer, specifically citing the report from Net Applications. The company focused on IE’s use on Microsoft’s operating system. Discussing the matter, the company’s Roger Capriotti stated, “This month in the US nearly 50% of Windows 7 users are experiencing the best the web has to offer with IE9.”
Despite the strides made by Internet Explorer, in May of last year, Net Applications had recorded the browser’s usage at 57.15%. The latest data recorded after a nearly ten month timespan shows around a four percent decrease for the browser’s total usage.
The tech giant is currently readying Internet Explorer 10 for eventual release integrated within the Windows 8 operating system.
Meanwhile, Mozilla’s Firefox accounted for the second most use, representing 20.55% of the market. Not far behind it was Google’s Chrome (18.57%), a browser that has experienced a steady increase in popularity within the past year. Browsers outside the top three were Apple’s Safari (5.07%) and Opera (1.62%). Net Applications obtains its data by analyzing browser visits through a network of websites. For more information on the matter, view the stat charts here (netmarketshare.com).