Microsoft is putting its own spin on new PC web browser usage statistics that were released this morning. In a post on the official Internet Explorer web site, Microsoft's Roger Capriotti said that Internet Explorer 9 now commands 20.4 percent of the worldwide PC web browser market running on Windows 7, compared to 18.3 percent for Google's Chrome browser and 13.2 percent for Mozilla's Firefox. The numbers look even better for the US with IE9 commanding 27.7 percent of web browser usage compared to 12.7 percent for Chrome and 11.3 percent for Firefox.
Those user stats come from the Netmarketshare.com web site. However a closer look at the raw numbers for the month of August shows that Internet Explorer 9 still has a long way to go before it becomes the most popular browser. The stats that show different web browser versions worldwide, regardless of the operating system, have Internet Explorer 8 as the most used web browser with just over 30 percent of the market. Chrome comes in second with 10.63 percent, followed by IE 6.0 with 9.73 percent and Firefox 5.0 with 7.97 percent. Internet Explorer 9 shows up in fifth place with just 7.91 percent of the web browser usage share for August.
If you look at the usage numbers for web browsers if you combine all of the versions of the various programs, Internet Explore is number one with 55.31 percent for the month of August. Firefox is second with 22.57 percent and Chrome is third with 15.51 percent.