Microsoft slips in browser market share
IE share of browser market shrinks for second month running
Microsoft continues to lose share in the web browser market, despite the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 last month.
According to figures from web marketing and analytics company Net Applications, Internet Explorer accounted for 59.65% of web browsers in September, down from 60.4% in August and 60.74% in July.
The loss in market share was to the benefit of the other major browsers, which all saw small increases in share in September, with Mozilla up 0.03% to 22.96%, Google Chrome up 0.46% to 7.98%, Apple Safari up 0.11% to 5.27% and Opera up 0.02% to 2.39%.
For Microsoft, use of Internet Explorer 8 and 9 grew during the month, while usage of IE 6 and 7 declined.