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Internet Explorer’s market share has dropped below 60%

According to Net Applications [1], an authority on Internet browser usage statistics, Internet Explorer (all the versions added together) is continually losing market share, and has finally dropped below 60%:

[2]

Meanwhile, as you can see from the graph, Firefox’s market share is at 24.59%, Opera and 2.3%, and Chrome at 6.73%. Chrome had the largest increase in market share at a increase from 2.4% only last year. This chart [3] gives a better idea about the browse usage trend over the years:

[4]

It is interesting to note that other sources, such as W3Counter [5], say Internet Explorer market share is even lower than the 59% stated by Net Applications:

[6]

Further it is even more interesting to note that Firefox has already surpassed Internet Explorer as the most popular browser used by dotTechies (50% vs 30% roughly).

Of course no one knows exactly why Internet Explorer is losing market share (it is impossible to know exactly), but chances are it is because

Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter.