Internet Explorer (IE) has had a comfortable lead over other web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. However that lead has been slowly declining over the years. In fact Microsoft launched a campain of their own to ask consumers to stop using IE 6. The currrent verson of IE is version nine unless your using the Windows eight Preview which comes with version 10.
With that being said IE posted another major gain in share last month, the second in the first quarter of the year, perhaps signaling a turnaround.
Meanwhile, every rival, including Google’s Chrome, which is usually the one stealing users, lost share.
IE gained 1 percentage point during March to end the month with a 53.8% share, its highest level since September 2011. Last month’s growth was the second this year of 1 point or more.
Chrome lost a third of a percentage point to close March with 18.6%, while Mozilla’s Firefox slipped by about the same to 20.6%, the open-source browser’s lowest number in more than three years.
Apple’s Safari and Opera Software’s desktop browsers also dipped, falling by two-tenths and one-tenth of a point, respectively, to 5.1% and 1.6%.
Chrome’s decline is especially notable, as March’s slide was the third consecutive month that Google’s once-hard-charging browser lost share. In the first quarter of 2012, Chrome has dropped more than half a percentage point, representing a 3% decline from the browser’s December 2011 number.