Internet explorer for years has been the most widely used desktop browser in the world, why wouldn’t it? besides, it’s pre-installed on millions of PCs powered by Windows with the exception of Safari on OS X. Internet Explorer seem to have lost its title of being the most popular desktop browser to Google Chrome.
The image below shows the latest data from Net Marketshare during the month of April 2016, it reveals Chrome as the highest used browser with about 41.66 % of the market share as opposed to Internet Explorer’s 41.35 %. Chrome won by a small margin.
Microsoft will definitely agree to this, Microsoft has long referenced NetMarketShare as the most accurate source for measuring browser stats, Net Marketshare arrives at this conclusion by measuring data from 40,000 websites. It is important to note that Microsoft latest browser, Edge wasn’t considered here, it might take a while before Edge becomes as popular as Internet Explorer given that there are so many browser options to choose from.
Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google. It used the WebKit layout engine until version 27 and with the exception of its iOS releases, from version 28 and beyond uses the WebKit fork Blink. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008. It is also the most popular browser for smartphones, and combined across all platforms at about 45%. Its success has led to Google expanding the ‘Chrome’ brand name on various other products such as the Chromecast.
Internet Explorer is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995. Internet Explorer was one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share during 2002 and 2003. This came after it managed to win the first browser war against Netscape, which was the dominant browser in the 1990s. Its usage share has since declined with the launch of Firefox (2004) and Google Chrome (2008), and with the growing popularity of operating systems such as OS X, Linux, iOS and Android that do not run Internet Explorer. Estimates for Internet Explorer’s overall market share range from 17.11% to 51.59% or by StatCounter’s numbers ranked 3rd, just after Firefox (or even as low as 10.3% when counting all platforms, then after Safari), as of September 2015 (browser market share is notoriously difficult to calculate).