IE usage grows in July, Firefox share declines

Usage of Microsoft's Internet Explorer has continued to grow, albeit slowly, since April, with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome suffering market share falls in July.

Monthly information released today by Net Applications shows Internet Explorer increased in market share by approximately 0.42% in July, with Safari making a gain of 0.24% and Opera 0.18%. 

Mozilla's Firefox web browser suffered the biggest loss, with usage falling 0.9% to hold 22.91% of the US web browser market, while Google's Chrome browser fell for the first time since September last year, falling a modest 0.08% to 7.16%.

Internet Explorer has continued to make small increases in market share over the past few months, reversing a trend which previously plagued the browser as competitors bit into the market and stole users, resulting in IE's market share falling from 65.71% in September last year to 59.75% in May this year.

As mentioned above, it seems Google's exponential growth with Chrome may have come to a halt, with figures showing its market share fell for the first time since the browser was released. And Apple's Safari web browser, of which version 5 was released during WWDC in June this year, has continued to gain traction, now sitting with a 5.09% share.

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