Internet Explorer Market Share Rises, Chrome Dips for Third Straight Month
As of March 2012, IE claimed 53.83 percent of Web browser market share, followed by Firefox with 20.55 percent.Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser reversed years of declines and posted a net gain of 1.2 percent usage share globally over the past five months, according to a report from measurement firm Net Applications. As of March 2012, IE claimed 53.83 percent of Web browser market share, followed by Firefox with 20.55 percent, Google's Chrome browser with 18.57 percent and Safari with 5.07 percent. Opera placed fifth with 1.62 percent, and other Web browsers claimed the remaining 0.36 percent. "With a gain of .99 percent last month and a net gain of 1.2 percent global usage share over the last five months, Internet Explorer has stabilized and even reversed its usage share declines of the last few years," Net Applications wrote. Chrome witnessed its third straight month of declines after falling from its peak of 19.11 percent market share in December 2011. Although Apple's Safari browser slipped in market share from February to March, the browser's overall market share rose 0.07 percent over the last five months.
"We continue to see great strides made against our core metric: IE9 share on Windows 7," Microsoft's director of Internet Explorer product marketing, Roger Capriotti, wrote on the company's Exploring IE blog. "This month in the US nearly 50 percent of Windows 7 users are experiencing the best the Web has to offer with IE9, and around the world, almost 35 percent of Windows 7 users are browsing with IE9."