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Internet Explorer is getting more popular

Edging out rivals Firefox and Chrome
Thu Nov 01 2012, 11:16
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser is continuing to grow in popularity and appears to be slowly edging out its rivals.

That's according to the latest Desktop Browser Market Share report from Net Applications, which uses data captured from 160 million unique visitors each month. According to the firm's October statistics, Internet Explorer is continuing to overtake its rivals in terms of user adoption, capturing a 54.13 percent slice of the web browser market in October, an increase of 0.5 percent compared to September.

It's unclear how Microsoft is doing so well at keeping its Internet Explorer browser on so many devices, but Ovum analyst Richard Edwards told The INQUIRER that the growth could be linked to the increase in PCs in emerging markets.

Things aren't looking quite as rosy for Microsoft's main rival, Mozilla's Firefox web browser. Firefox market share plunged 0.9 percent since September to 19.99 percent, which sees the firm just missing out on owning a fifth of the web browser market.

Chrome is slowly creeping up too, and it looks like it might overtake Firefox before 2012 is out - just as Statcounter predicted last year. Google Chrome captured 18.55 percent of the market last month, although this fell slightly from September. Still, with Google constantly adding features to its web browser, it certainly appears that Chrome it will overtake Firefox eventually. µ


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