The latest browser statistics for February show that Mozilla's Firefox is gaining in popularity with web developers, while arch rival Internet Explorer continues to wane.
The figures, published by web developer portal W3Schools, shows Firefox being used by 46.4 per cent of web developers, up nearly one per cent from January, while various versions of Internet Explorer, when taken together, dropped by 1.2 per cent to 43.6 per cent. Google's Chrome browser rose slightly to four per cent.
W3Schools admitted that its site is primarily for people with an interest in web technologies, and that its users are therefore "more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user" and are not representative of the general market.
"The average user tends to use Internet Explorer, since it comes preinstalled with Windows. Most do not seek out other browsers," the site explained.
The latest statistics from Net Applications make better reading for Microsoft, putting Internet Explorer's share for February at 67.44 per cent, with Firefox at 21.77 per cent.
Microsoft will be hoping that the release of Internet Explorer 8 this week will help it to increase its share over Firefox, which has been gradually gaining in popularity.
IE8 was designed to offer closer compliance with web standards, more security features and improved performance.
The latest stats from Net Applications show Google's Chrome in fourth place behind IE, Firefox and Safari, with a 1.15 per cent market share.
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