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.