IE global market share remains stable during June as Chrome jumps

The browser wars continue to rage on between Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Apple and others to get you to use their platform to consume content from the web. While the reasoning may not be obvious upfront as all the browsers are free, the idea is that by owning the browser, you have a better chance of controlling the default search behavior which is a revenue generating process for all involved.

For the month of June, according to Net Applications, Internet Explorer held 58.38% of the worldwide market with Chrome taking 19.34% and Firefox finishing out the top three at 15.54%. Internet Explorer growth remained more or less flat for June but Chrome jumped 1.61% and Firefox fell by 1.27%. 

By looking at the chart above, you can see that IE's market share has remained relatively stable since August of 2013, but Chrome has been showing solid gains while Firefox has been consistently dropping. It would seem, based on this chart, that Chrome is attracting most of its new users from Firefox and Opera, rather than Internet Explorer.

For Microsoft, while a lack of growth is not what they want to see, they are still holding steady in the face of strong competition from Google which is a good thing. Over the past year or so, Microsoft has been creating web based demos that show the power of the browser, highlighting IE's ability to handle modern web standards. Of course, the demos did work in Chrome and Firefox too.

Going forward, the browser will become more integral to all aspects of our lives, so for Microsoft, Google and the other browser vendors, having a large slice of the market share pie will pay big dividends down the road.

Source: Net Applications

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Firefox needs to get on top of their startup times to stop losing market share. It's fine alone but once you add 30 extensions, especially Adblock Plus, the startup time increases. Chrome starts just as fast in the same scenario. If they fix that, I might go back as it offers more customization.

This is what I'm seeing for June...
Google Chrome 39.5 %
Firefox 37.7 %
Internet Explorer 12.5 %

It is funny how the new UI of Firefox made people jump ship... :) LOL Software designers today hit the lowest low on every software imaginable.

PaleMoon 64bit here, guessing that counts as Firefox, which has taken a turn for the worst as of late, the browser, as well as the team. I will not use Chrome, or Google search directly for that matter. I do view youtube on occasion. I use IE very sparingly, and prefer Seamonkey to those two gorillas.

Yeah, right on that Opera suggestion! :x
Use to be my favorite until that God awful switch to Chromes engine.

I recently switched to Firefox and am liking it quite well. Have always hated it before, but it's definitely easily usable and stable.

I've generally always switched between browsers quite often but still always use IE as much as any other browser.

As far as these stats that always get posted, psst!!

cork1958 said,
Yeah, right on that Opera suggestion! :x
Use to be my favorite until that God awful switch to Chromes engine.

I recently switched to Firefox and am liking it quite well. Have always hated it before, but it's definitely easily usable and stable.

I've generally always switched between browsers quite often but still always use IE as much as any other browser.

As far as these stats that always get posted, psst!!

There's nothing wrong with opera using the new rendering engine, you do realize that opera is contributing to blink/webkit. feature wise it still behind the opera/presto, but it's getting there slowly.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

There's nothing wrong with opera using the new rendering engine, you do realize that opera is contributing to blink/webkit. feature wise it still behind the opera/presto, but it's getting there slowly.

yep, and people also seem to ignore that the chromium based opera is a complete re-write of opera, its obviously not going to be as feature rich as the presto based opera which gained many features over many years of development.

I'm one of the people, along with many other close friends, that jumped off Firefox permanently recently. I've had enough of Firefox's slow, sluggish and crash-prone performance ever since version(s) 27-30. Every time I ran a video or even browsed images through various sites(Google images, deviantART, Flickr...etc) Firefox was slow beyond belief and almost always froze. Finally had enough of that crap.

I use Chrome as my "backup" browser for sites that have issues in IE. Been testing out Firefox to replace it, but for some reason on my laptop FF takes 20 seconds to load every time, and that's a non-starter.

As much as I love Firefox, I'm feeling like I should switch back to Chrome. Supposedly, those 60fps videos on YouTube work much better on it too...

(and yes, IE is nice, but the addons are not up to my standard so that's a no-go)

dead.cell said,
As much as I love Firefox, I'm feeling like I should switch back to Chrome. Supposedly, those 60fps videos on YouTube work much better on it too...

(and yes, IE is nice, but the addons are not up to my standard so that's a no-go)

Which addons are musts for you? I'm curious. I use IE and Chrome about equal. I could care less about addons since I have TPL's on IE driven by adblock.

dead.cell said,
As much as I love Firefox, I'm feeling like I should switch back to Chrome. Supposedly, those 60fps videos on YouTube work much better on it too...

(and yes, IE is nice, but the addons are not up to my standard so that's a no-go)


Actualy, you shouldn't move to Firefox because YouTube is "better" in Chrome. The only thing you do by doing that is rewarding bad behavior.

Fair enough. I only got away from Chrome due to Google's poor behavior in regards to privacy. That isn't to say I'm paranoid, but rather I didn't appreciate their actions.

Firefox has been giving me issue though lately on other sites as well. Random hangups with specific websites, scripts, and sometimes an addon seem to slow it to a halt on occasion. I think I might just make the switch to see if the experience is any better with Chrome, given what I want to do.

@MrHumpty, I still utilize IE and love it for everything touch oriented (Yoga and Surface), but the work I do on my desktop calls for more functionality outside of just being a browser. And no, I'm not talking about just an adblocker.

Wow... I can't believe how much faster it is on Chrome. Everything loads up super fast...

I think... I'm gonna have to give up on Firefox for a while, utilizing it only when I'm doing web work for FireFTP and other addons. I feel sad now. :(

dead.cell said,
@MrHumpty, I still utilize IE and love it for everything touch oriented (Yoga and Surface), but the work I do on my desktop calls for more functionality outside of just being a browser. And no, I'm not talking about just an adblocker.
I dig that, and I'm not hating. I just don't know what you are using other than an adblocker (that's generally all I care about is why I brought it up). Honestly, I'd love to know what you find to be "a must" for added productivity on your browser. Again, no hate, just curiosity/search for knowledge etc.

Adblocks obviously, but that aside, FireFTP which I utilize as it works better than many of the FTP uploaders I've used with ease.

Save Image in Folder is one that Chrome doesn't have, due to the API limitations. Makes saving images to designated folders an absolute breeze, so that stock images can go to their own folders, web resources, wallpapers, and so on without changing a Save To. It works better than a Download All sort of addon because those are generally for pulling down larger data sets than just a few images here and there being cherry picked.

Image zoomers to easily hover and view an image, along with hotkeys to manipulate the data.

LastPass works across the board. Reddit's enhancement suite helps out just because I frequent the site. Chrome also has a few site-specific addons that enrich websites I already use.

InstantFox I use for very quick searches to certain websites without having to specify the site or use the default engine. (e.g. "y mutemath" searches YouTube for MuteMath)

And of course, NoScript which gives me much more control over my browsing experience. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I do, but I love the functionality it provides having gotten myself accustomed to it.

There are more that I use, but they're more specific to what I'm doing (IT work? Web building?) so it's not a necessity for me specifically, as I'll just change browser for some of those tools. Really, I just want a quick web experience that can provide me with the bulk of what I do.

When I'm on my laptop though... I really don't care what I'm using, but I prefer IE if it's my Yoga or Surface, if only for the gesture features. I can get where I'm going easily with a couple of touch presses.

With every passing month, I keep being surprised that Dave Legg has not figured out a way to script for this story to be auto-posted on the first of every month.

Regular installs. How would they be able to measure installs? Isnt Chrome that Plague that get installed everywhere when you forget to untick the box?

techbeck said,
So, are these just installs or regular usage?

It's Net Applications, everyone should know by now that the way they get their "market share" numbers is by looking at how many hits they get in their different websites, statcounter does the same thing but I believe NA has a much larger pool it draws it's data from.

Meh...depending on who you ask the numbers are completely different, to the point where these reports are completely uninformative and irrelevant.

Wasn't it just a few months ago that some report (posted either here or on Slashdot) was claiming that IE usage was done to the single digits?

Well to be fair. those reports are crap compared to real numbers.. but within the timescale of the report you will have an idea of the growth . but as always.. never trust numbers you didn't cheat yourself

I think the trick is to pay attention to the changes rather than absolute values, and of course not to champion one particular stats site.

_dandy_ said,
Wasn't it just a few months ago that some report (posted either here or on Slashdot) was claiming that IE usage was done to the single digits?

Welcome to the world of biased and flawed statistics. The context of how the statistic is measured is more important than the actual result.

For example, if you see the browser share statistics of W3Schools, it probably shows IE has a low market share, because the people who frequent it tend to be developers who tend to use browsers other than IE (Why is not relevant here).

Statistics can be warped to represent whatever you want. If you were to measure customers' preference between Coke and Pepsi, but only measure customers who loiter around the Coke products in a shop, the result is obviously going to be biased towards Coke. Similarly, if you evaluate the customers' preference between McDonald's and Hungry Jacks (Burger King for the US) and only ask customers leaving or hanging around McDonald's, your results aren't impartial.

Essentially, you should always critically analyse statistics you're given, rather than accept it spoon fed to you. The sample size, the sample type, sample location, etc. they all affect the result in profound ways, often used as a means of presenting a predetermined view by those doing the analysis (Think political polling). In your example, to discredit IE and promote an alternative browser as more popular than it actually is.

George P said,

It's Net Applications, everyone should know by now that the way they get their "market share" numbers is by looking at how many hits they get in their different websites, statcounter does the same thing but I believe NA has a much larger pool it draws it's data from.

Not true, NA doesn't count hits, they count unique visitors. 1 person isn't counted twice, while GS counts 1 person multiple times, they count hits.

Studio384 said,
Not true, NA doesn't count hits, they count unique visitors. 1 person isn't counted twice, while GS counts 1 person multiple times, they count hits.

In all honesty, they could provide both graphs: number of hits and also number of unique users. The data collection part is the same for both.

_dandy_ said,
Meh...depending on who you ask the numbers are completely different, to the point where these reports are completely uninformative and irrelevant.

Wasn't it just a few months ago that some report (posted either here or on Slashdot) was claiming that IE usage was done to the single digits?


Their own site statistics, with a touch of bias. That site is garbage anyway and the people on that site spread propaganda against IE as if IE6 is the latest version.

Radium said,

Their own site statistics, with a touch of bias. That site is garbage anyway and the people on that site spread propaganda against IE as if IE6 is the latest version.

From memory, it's everything associated with Microsoft that's s-canned.

It is fine as long as IE 7 and IE 8 be out of the market, then that is fine! IE9+ is fully enough for NOW but probably it wont in 5 years.