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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.