Internet Explorer Market Share at 10-Yr Low Point

The internet browser market has never been as competitive as it is now. With the entry of Google Chome and the continued loyalty of Firefox users, now web users have more choice than just to use the browser that came with their OS, be it Apple's Safari or Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

According to tracking firm Net Applications, reported by Conceivably Tech overall internet browser usage during April had Internet Explorer's share at a low point that it hasn't experienced since 1999.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer family still held the lion's share at 59.95 percent, while Firefox gained 0.07 points to be second place at 24.59 percent. Chrome grew 0.6 points to 6.73 percent. Apple’s Safari grew slightly 0.06 points to 4.72 percent – probably mostly due to new Mac users, and Opera fell 0.07 points to 2.30 percent.

Before people see that this is the end of Internet Explorer, one interesting note is that Microsoft's browser showed the most growth overall throughout April. Internet Explorer 8 usage jumped 1.08 percent, nearly double that of the next closest runner. Of course, some of that has to be due to the growing acceptance of Windows 7.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • babybeluga
    I hope this means that people are getting smarter!
  • znegval
    babybelugaI hope this means that people are getting smarter!
    Hopefully, but I doubt all those 60% who use Internet Explorer do so because they evaluated each option and chosed to use it. You can say that about the other ones because it implies that they know there's life outside of Internet Explorer (which let's face it, many people just don't know).

    It's been very interesting to see Internet Explorer development as soon as some serious competition showed up. They actually started to add new features instead of relying 100% on the Windows dominance. A small reminder of what monopoly can do to a product, and how competition can bring it back to life.
  • duk3
    I can't wait until Microsoft has to actually compete for OS and browser market share to get those windows prices down.
    Competition is better for everyone, especially the consumer.
  • Franklin Hennersdorfer
    IE8's the one that finally got me to leave. I stayed loyal since the day I switched away from old Netscape back in the Win95/98 days to IE, and would use it still if Microsoft hadn't introduced so many new bugs into IE8 that they REFUSE to develop fixes for. Anyone tried saving images or files in IE8 lately? It used to remember where you last saved a file as long as you had a browser open. Now, even a closing tab forces it to revert to the My Pictures or My Documents folders or the like, and Microsoft simply refuses to fix it. It's one of many things costing them users.
  • micky_lund
    ahh chrome..y do u still only have
  • Marco925

    Let's hope Firefox gains!

    but alas... IE was the reason why i made so much money formatting computers.
  • djtronika
    personally i am very excited about IE9's massive GPU capabilities. go check out the test drive demo now. i'd be interested to see your comments after you play with it.
  • grillz9909
    25%? Guess I can't use FF anymore.. it's too popular!
  • manitoublack
    Where's Seamonkey or Opera :(
  • buwish
    I'm somewhat "excited" for the release of IE9 with the added benefit of GPU usage during browsing.