Internet Explorer continued to make gains in April, landing at 54.09 percent global market share ahead of Chrome and Firefox, according to data from Net Applications.
Microsoft’s browser share increased about 0.26 percent last month from 53.83 percent in March, which was also up from 52.84 percent in February. The most-popular version was IE8 with 26.22 percent market share in April, followed by IE9 with 15.91 percent.
Microsoft said that on Windows 7 machines, IE9 use hit 35.5 percent worldwide by the end of April. “The data is particularly encouraging for users and developers in the US, with IE9 growing 4 points of share on Windows 7, hitting 52.9 percent usage share in April,” the company said in a blog post.
Despite Microsoft’s efforts to kill off IE6, the browser version is still hanging on with about 7.11 percent market share.
Firefox, meanwhile, nabbed the number-two spot with 20.2 percent market share, down slightly from March’s 20.55 percent. The most-popular version of Mozilla’s browser is Firefox 11, which debuted in mid-March, with 11.35 percent.
Rounding out the top three is Google’s Chrome with 18.85 percent market share, up from 18.57 percent in March. Most users, or 13.97 percent, are on Chrome 18.
iPad Tops iPhone
Net Applications also examined traffic on the iPad and iPhone and found that with the release of the new iPad, Web traffic to the Apple tablet surpassed that to its smartphone.
“The iPad and iPhone have been close in browsing share for the last several months,” Net Applications said. “However, upon the release of the latest version of the iPad, its share has accelerated and now tops iPhone share 33.7 percent to 27.4 percent.”
The iPad and iPhone helped Safari nab the most mobile browser share, with 63.8 percent, followed by the Android browser at 18.9 percent and Opera Mini at 12.1 percent.
Most of those mobile Web surfers – or 63.2 percent – were on iOS devices, followed by Android at 19.3 percent.
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