Microsoft’s Internet Explorer remained the top browser for October, with the IE9 beta making some gains, but Google’s Chrome also had a good month, edging past 8 percent, according to data from Net Applications.
Overall, IE had 59.26 percent of the market, while Mozilla’s Firefox came in second with 22.82 percent of the market. Google’s Chrome landed in third with 8.47 percent.
IE’s numbers were a small decline from 59.65 percent in September. About 29.01 percent of those users were on IE8, 15 percent used IE6, and 9.92 percent were on IE7. Worldwide, IE9 beta represents 0.32 percent of browser usage share across all operating systems, up from 0.25 percent at the end of September, Net Apps said.
Those using Windows 7 had the highest share of IE9 beta users, growing from 0.61 percent in September to 1.46 percent in October. The beta was released on Sept. 15 and has since been downloaded 10 million times, Microsoft announced at last week’s Professional Developers Conference.
“As we have said many times before, we remain committed to getting customers onto a modern browser. We’re pleased IE6 and IE7 usage share continues to drop (by 0.85 percent in October); it’s an indication that customers recognize the benefits they can realize when using a modern browser,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
Google’s Chrome crossed the 8 percent mark; jumping from 7.98 percent in September to 8.47 percent last month. It crossed the 7 percent mark back in June. Firefox, meanwhile, dropped slightly from 22.96 percent in September to 22.82 percent last month. The most popular version of Firefox is 3.6, with about 17.59 percent of people using it. Chrome 6 is the most popular version of that browser, with 5.59 percent of the market.
Rounding out the top five were Safari with 5.33 percent (up from 5.27 percent last month) and Opera with 2.28 percent (down from 2.39 percent).
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