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The Apple and Google browsers both hit new highs, as Internet Explorer continued to fall further behind according to new market share numbers. How far hath the mighty fallen? Internet Explorer now only rules 56 percent of Browser Land.
Net Applications' market share stats shine light on the fact that Internet Explorer has actually been in steady decline, shedding 4 percent during the last 10 months. Due to this, it has helped Firefox, in second place, to close some of the distance, even though they too, have also been trending downward. Of course, the upcoming release of Firefox 4 might change that.
"We're seeing the trend [of IE's decline] continue, but where once the growth went to Firefox, now it goes to Chrome and Safari," notes Vince Vizzaccaro, Marketing VP at Net Applications.
Net Applications findings show that in hitting the 10 percent line, Chrome mainly seems to be winning former users of Internet Explorer, allowing the browser to pick up steam.
As far as Safari goes, they experienced the largest one-month boost that Net Applications has ever recorded, may be because of the growth of Mac usage: Mac OS X market share leaped .23 percent in the month of January, the biggest gain since September 2009.
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