Internet Explorer rebounds globally
Internet Explorer has reversed a long-running trend and seen usage growth around the world, according to new stats from Net Applications.
Last month, Microsoft’s IE browser gained market share in the US. “In June, the trend reversal has become global,” said Net Applications, saying all versions of IE added 0.57% last month, led by IE8’s 0.66% growth, which the firm attributed to a recent advertising campaign.
Europe was the highest growth area for Internet Explorer, with a 0.88% climb.
The market analysis firm said IE’s “gains come primarily at the expense of Firefox,” which lost 0.51% of its share around the world. Google’s Chrome grew 0.2%.
While the Microsoft browser has added half a percentage point every now and then, it hasn’t been enough to stave off the general decline. IE’s market share has been declining for the past few years, with Net Applications showing it sliding from 75.15% in July 2008 to 60.32% last month.
That still keeps it firmly in the lead, followed by Mozilla Firefox’s 23.81% and Chrome’s 7.24%.