Internet Explorer market-share reaches all time low as Chrome hits 10%

By Tom Warren, on 1st Feb 11 11:46 am with 10 Comments

Microsoft’s overall Internet Explorer market-share decreased again in January 2011.

Worldwide Market-share trackers Net Applications issued their monthly browser share report today which indicates that Internet Explorer market-share has dropped for the seventh month in a row. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer now controls 56% of the market compared to 62% a year ago and 70% in January 2009. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market share bleed has continued for over six months as the company struggles to convince users to pick Internet Explorer for their browsing needs.

  • July 2010 – 60.74%
  • August 2010 – 60.48%
  • September 2010 – 59.62%
  • October 2010 – 59.18%
  • November 2010 – 58.44%
  • December 2010 – 57.08%
  • January 2011 – 56.00%

Microsoft chose to market the positives from Net Applications report on Tuesday. The software giant touted Internet Explorer 8′s rise in growth in January, a 1.18% growth increase from December 2010. “Over one and a half times of the growth of Chrome (0.72%)” said Internet Explorer’s product marketing chief Roger Capriotti. Microsoft failed to acknowledge the rise of Chrome however. In December Chrome accounted for 9.98% of browser market share. Chrome currently stands at 10.70%, a major increase from its 5.22% just a year ago.

Despite Microsoft’s Internet Explorer market-share drops, the software giant is hard at work on the next generation. Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that consumers have downloaded 23 million copies of Internet Explorer 9 beta since its release in September. Internet Explorer 9 beta now accounts for 0.5% of worldwide browser market-share. The software giant is expected to unveil the Release Candidate version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in San Francisco on February 10. Microsoft sent out media invites last week inviting press and analysts to the unveiling of Internet Explorer 9 RC.

  • Jarrich Van de Voorde

    I really, really hope that the release of IE9 can put a stop at this.

    • Wade

      With Google marketshare and an “Install Chrome” link right by the search box on Google’s homepage, it seems unlikely.

    • GP007

      Most of the users are also older FF users who move to Chrome. I for one am loving IE9 and once it hits RC and then RTW there will be little need to change to something else for many users out there.

    • Tom W

      It has been going on for a long time. Increased competition from Mozilla and Google is the main cause but vulnerabilities and high profile security issues have also dented consumer confidence.

    • Dukenookem1

      The security issues are ancient. IE8 is more secure than both FF and Chrome today. The young iMedia bloggers still like to front that bs though.

  • Viruela22

    It must be fair! only older versions of explorer are those that are down only me preocuparia if in its 8 low version but to grow and that more grew up-tanbien would say that firefox under its quota again, at the end explorer 8 browser will be number one and would that say it is logical that chrome grows because programs like the CCLEANER brings you “gift” the installation of google’s browser
    usage in its latest IE version, IE 8, grew faster than the competition in January too. And as the most-frequently-used browser, IE 8 now commands 34.17 percent of the market, up from 33 percent the previous month and just 25 percent a year earlier.

    IE 8′s gains in January were the largest of all web browsers and over one and a half times as large as the gains made by Google’s Chrome, which pushed past 10 percent usage share for the first time. IE 8 is the most popular and fastest growing browser in the market, as it has been for several months in a row.

  • Tim Acheson

    IE still dominates by a big margin.

    After leveraging the full power of Google, with ads on billboards and newspapers, and prompts on YouTube and implying that the user needs Chrome to continue accessing the website, Chrome gets just 10%. This is another Google fail, and yet another web browser that overworked web devs now have to support. Chrome , especially with Google’s recent codec move, is also a major new obstacle impeding HTML5 adoption.

    Thanks a bunch, Google. You have to poke your fat corporate fingers into everybody else’s pies.

    If I got 1 out of 10th in a school test, I’d keep quiet about it.

  • Tim Acheson

    Let’s be clear about this.

    IE is not losing share, unless you count the oldest versions which Microsoft no longer supports:

  • Edward

    No AdBlocker => not using IE. As easy it is :-D