Latest Web Browser Stats 2010: Who’s Leading and Who’s Lagging?


The latest statistics about web browsers are out now. And the big news is that despite all the ‘doomsday is nigh’ predictions about the Microsoft Internet Explorer, it has actually grown in terms of market share, and that too for three months in a row now. On the other hand Mozilla Firefox has lost ground to the Explorer.

As per these stats (provided by Net Applications) the market share of Internet Explorer grew by 0.42% in July 2010, and it now commands a whopping 60.74% of the entire browser pie.

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Firefox, quite radically has lost 0.9% of its market share, while the up and coming Googke Chrome browser has lost 0.08% of its share. The Safari browser has quietly gone about its job despite putting users data in danger and gained 0.24% of the market.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 browser is Leading..

These stats are a slap in the face for those who were quick to write off the Internet Explorer browser, when the Firefox came to the forefront. Firefox is no doubt a fast and smart browser and together with the Google-backed Chrome, has provided great options to netizens starved of choice when it comes to web browsers.

But it must not be forgotten that the Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a huge advantage, because it comes bundled with all Windows operating systems. And though it had been losing a lot of market share for the past few years (which led to the obituaries and the ‘good riddance’ jibes) it was always going to bounce back.

And bounce back it has, with the Internet Explorer 8 matching the Firefox and Google Chrome in every way possible. And then of course the Internet Explorer 9 now looms in the horizon, which promises to be a fast and hardware accelerated and also provide support for open standards. The advantage gained by Firefox and Chrome by offering speed, extension capacity and html 5 support, to their users, appears to be dwindling fast!

The Internet Explorer 8 marketing campaign, which promotes the browser as the most secure among all browsers, has no doubt helped boost its profile. And if the Explorer 9 is actually as good a product as it is being touted to be, Firefox and Chrome will have some serious strategizing to do!

  • InSide

    Really I have passed something important, and st*pid firefox have learned to show at least one empty page?
    Has checked up, and nevertheless isn’t present; as in it wasn’t JS, and hasn’t appeared; while in Internet explorer language of scenarios JS already concedes nothing to high-grade language
    Down with st*pid firefox, long live Internet explorer

  • Vendetta

    Really I have passed something important, and stupid firefox have learned to show at least one empty page?
    Has checked up, and nevertheless isn’t present; as in it wasn’t JS, and hasn’t appeared; while in Internet explorer language of scenarios JS already concedes nothing to high-grade language
    Down with stupid firefox, long live Internet explorer

  • Iam

    Is some body using sh*tfox? Is it a browser? Hahaha! The IE4 is most good than f*cking FF
    I think thant FF mush fave <0% users – because it cannot show NO ONE page

  • Jason

    Jay,

    You make some massive assumptions, and you know what they say….

    “Assumptions are the mother of all f-ups!”

    I like your bio above “Jay simply loves any tech that can make life easier, better, faster and more enjoyable”….that categorically says you haven’t actually used used Internet Explorer have you?

    Internet Explorer (any flavor) is the worst browser, by far.

    I have just downloaded the IE9 test drive, and it does fix some speed issues (mainly because they’ve booted the old Javascript engine).

    Looks to me like MS is paying some freelance bloggers to write outright garbage about their products ;)

  • http://www.friezedesign.co.uk Frieze Design

    This seems to be a very biased article, written by someone who doesn’t really know what they’re talking about?

    Everyone who has an understanding of Browser technology, knows IE is a awful Browser ( has been for many years).

    IE8 doesn’t in any way ‘match’ Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera. It still doesn’t work with ‘Web Standards’ or understand any HTML5?

  • Nikhil Gala

    Seems some mistake in calculation
    it might be 60% Firefox and 22% IE.

  • http://www.intunemedia.com Mark Kanning

    I think some of the opinions espoused in this article(also the source of their numbers supporting those opinions) should be taken with a grain of salt.

    First of all, there are many sources for stats on browser usage and they can very GREATLY depending on the demographic of web user going to that website. The W3C Schools stats fly in the face of this article entirely: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp. The Wikipedia page on browser stats(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers) is probably the best source I’ve seen for getting a good snapshot of what’s really going on from various sources. However, even that data shows IE consistently losing ground. Firefox lost a little, but they lost it to Chrome which, from a web developers standpoint, is just fine.

    I also have to take issue with the “Internet Explorer 8 matching the Firefox and Google Chrome in every way possible” claim. As a web developer who wears many coding hats from CSS to javascript to PHP, I can tell you that IE 8 does NOT match the current versions of Firefox and Chrome on many levels. For example: Firefox, Chrome and Safari ALL support html5 and CSS3 in some measure while IE8 has none that I’m aware of. The promise is that IE9 will FINALLY compete with the others. I’ve got the beta and, so far, it chokes on any site with AJAX or any other hard-core javascript functionality.

    I’m not an IE critic because it’s hip to hate Microsoft(which is mostly justified, by the way). I just understand that to be a successful cross-browser web designer/developer, you’ve got to have a big catalog of IE bug fixes in your quiver and IE8 is no exception.

  • http://www.hemantpawar.com Hemant Pawar

    Chrome- A very good browser for normal users

    Firefox- A flexible browser for power users

    IE- ah…good for nothing…

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