Microsoft's much derided Internet Explorer (IE) browser delivered some good news for the company this week after its market share grew another 0.42 per cent to reach 60.74 per cent, according to statistics from Net Applications.
That's hardly astronomical, but it represents a continued upward trend for the browser that had slumped from a mighty 65.71 per cent in September of 2009 to 59.95 per cent in April.
The growth may be slow, but it comes at a time when competition from the likes of Firefox, Opera and Chrome has never been higher, and several months after the EU-mandated browser ballot screen was introduced that could have further hindered IE's market position.
In fact, IE's climb looks to be occurring at the expense of its rivals, notably Firefox, whose browser percentage fell almost an entire point, from 23.81 per cent to 22.91.
Chrome suffered too, losing 0.08 per cent market share to finish July on 7.16 per cent, although it remains in third place.
Bringing up the rear, Apple's Safari browser grew 0.24 per cent to 5.09 to stay fourth while Opera, despite growth of 0.18 per cent, remains a distant fifth on 2.45 per cent.
Microsoft will be hoping that its eagerly anticipated IE9 browser, which last week was revealed as set for a beta release in September, will continue to drive users back to the browser so well-known, and now seemingly re-loved, by millions worldwide.
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