Internet Explorer Still Most Popular Web Browser in 2013

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2013 - 11:58 PM |
Tagged: web browser, market share, internet explorer, chrome

Net Market Share has released statistics on the state of browser market share as of last month (February 2013). The numbers indicate that Internet Explorer is still the dominant browser on the desktop, with Firefox and Chrome coming in second and third place respecitvely. Interesting, the situation is reversed on the mobile front, with Internet Explorer being greatly surpased by Apple’s Safari in the top spot.

On the desktop browser front, Internet Explorer experienced year over year growth to 55.52% in February 2013. Firefox market share remained fairly stable YoY, ending up with 20.12%. Further, Chrome saw a slight YoY decline to 16.27%. Additionally, Safari and Opera sustained 5.42% and 1.82% market share in February 2013. Both browsers’ slice of the market remained fairly stable throughout the year. It will be interesting to see if Opera’s switch to WebKit will net the browser additional market share (RIP Presto).


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Ars Technica further compiled charts on the specific browser versions used. While the majority of IE users are running version 8 and 9 (with IE 6 sadly being the thrid most popular version), Chrome and Firefox users are spread out fairly evenly between the different versions. That may have more to do with Chrome and Firefox’s accelerated versioning/updating though.

For mobile, Apple’s Safari browser leads the pack with 55.41% as of February 2013, which is surprisingly a YoY decline. Meanwhile, the stock Android web browser gained ground throughout the year, ending up with a market share of 22.85%. Opera Mini came in third place with 12.72% market share. Other interesting numbers include Chrome with 1.96%, Internet Explorer (mobile) with 1.58%, and BlackBerry with 0.96%. Further, Symbian has 1.37% market share, which puts it above BlackBerry and just under Internet Explorer. Not bad for a dying mobile OS!


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I was fairly surprised by the Internet Explorer numbers, but when taking into account work machines and Windows’ dominance (and users that generally use the default browser--power users excluded of course) I suppose it makes sense. I do wish that the IE6 numbers would fall a bit more though, even it if it just users moving to a newer version of IE.

You can find the full Net Market Share report here. What browser(s) do you use on a daily basis?

Here are those same numbers represented as pie charts:

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Source: Ars Technica

March 3, 2013 | 06:19 AM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

IE9 is actually decent and has an amazing full screen mode which is incredible with an LCD TV. It just blows the huge ass panel right into your face.

Though, it nowhere is as functional as FF, or isn't as fast as Opera.

FF Nightly/WaterFox 64-bit is the way to go IMO.

March 3, 2013 | 01:17 PM - Posted by JSL

Functionality for firefox comes from plugins, some of which are user made, most of which have an insane amount of security holes (which makes you not want to use them for the long run)

The only people that really complain are 'web developers' that are mediocre at coding (or are too lazy to add a second css script specifically for older versions of IE), or are simply on the bandwagon of "ie sucks"... that was true for v6 & 7 and somewhat 8. 9 isn't too bad, 10 is great (and pretty damn speedy too)

October 8, 2013 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


October 10, 2013 | 10:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Oh yeah, that's a real original answer. NOT! Typical web developer/script kiddie non-adult answer.

March 3, 2013 | 02:03 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

It isn't just the plugins. IE itself is and never was or has been as good as Netscape based browsers such as FF ever since IE6. IE6 was the last original IE as it was completely Microsoft's own software and not some slow ass garbage that's full of outright stolen ideas such as the way the tabs are implemented.

And yeah, IE7 was so terrible it was pathetic. It just lagged and lagged and was pretty much unuseable compared to any other browser.

Even IE9 has some pretty giant functionality lacks. You can't just click on your top arrow to bring down your browsing history with IE9. You have to go all the way back and choose the page from your giant history... which practically renders the browser useless compared to how easy you can reach to your previously browsed pages on FF.

March 3, 2013 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Daniel Nielsen (not verified)

I´m amazed that IE is still ahead but that big of a margin. But at the same time i´m not surprised. Too many people just have no clue there are other alternativs out there.

March 4, 2013 | 02:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

JSL, you're a fucking retard. You know nothing about Web development or software development.

March 6, 2013 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Michael (not verified)

And you do?

September 12, 2013 | 02:36 AM - Posted by Einstein (not verified)

Nice language, a real clever one you are. Just as well PC screens are bullet proof! Hahaha loser!

March 4, 2013 | 04:17 PM - Posted by collie (not verified)

I'm really surprised chrome is not a bigger player in this. I know it's only anecdotal evidence but most of the systems I work on/fix have chrome installed as the main browser

April 3, 2013 | 08:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This article is wrong.just google for most used browsers. It's not IE

April 16, 2013 | 12:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This article is incorrect, Google chrome is number 1, Firefox 2 and IE 3

April 16, 2013 | 01:33 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

... and your source for that is?

January 2, 2014 | 03:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

popularity: chrome is #1, ahead of the competition by a wide margin
w3schools.c om/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

May 13, 2014 | 05:58 AM - Posted by Dirk and the mac (not verified)

Yep. The article is plain wrong! Chrome is streets ahead in terms of user base and rightly so IMO.

April 25, 2013 | 02:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

this article is wrong and im not coming to this site anymore. I just googled most used internet browser and this show up. its 2013 not 2007 where did you guys get this statistics from. 2007? sources below.

October 10, 2013 | 10:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Bye bye now

May 24, 2013 | 05:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

google chrome is the best in my opinion

May 24, 2013 | 05:59 AM - Posted by Bob (not verified)

in my opinion, google chrome is the best
way of accessing the internet

June 24, 2013 | 06:38 PM - Posted by JP (not verified)

This article displaying stats from StatCounter shows things differently:

Can anyone discuss StatCounter vs Net Market Share and who has the more accurate results.

I am almost sure that back in 2012 Chrome overtook IE as the worlds most used browser.

September 6, 2013 | 03:23 PM - Posted by Juan (not verified)

Wrong stats, check here:

September 12, 2013 | 02:35 AM - Posted by Einstein (not verified)

I just use the good old encyclopedia if need be but my brain is faster than any of these search engines!

September 18, 2013 | 03:25 AM - Posted by emigrado (not verified)

I think this is a fake article because is far from the real situation.
Just an example: I work for a local journal and we use a online platform ( CMS for journalism with thousand customers and its free) called opennemas and If I go to control panel using IE6/7/8 I get out because they dont support those browsers.
If you want to get good results in your Internet browsing use a secure and serious app for that. Forget IE.

July 1, 2014 | 11:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't know why it is "interesting" that in contrast Safari out ranks IE on the mobile. Have you noticed how many people pedal around with their faces planted in an iPhone (running Safari) or Android (running Chrome) as opposed to a Nokia (running Windows and IE)?

October 14, 2015 | 09:37 PM - Posted by Cara Mengobati Ambeien atau wasir (not verified)

thank you for information very interesting.

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