For many years now, Internet Explorer has had a strangle hold on the browser niche. There are many reasons that could account for the success of IE, but one of the big reasons would have to be the ability of Microsoft to bundle IE with their operating systems.
Legal issues in some parts of the world have affected the way Microsoft bundles IE with their operating system and when you factor this with the number of competitor browsers, it’s a given that IE’s market share would go down. StatCounter recently came out with their study that identifies the top browsers. In May of this year, you may remember that Google Chrome became the top browser, taking away the top spot from Internet Explorer. If you look at their new study which looks at the data between July 2011 and July 2012, we find that little has changed. In fact, Chrome remains in the top spot with a score of 33.81. In other words, one third of users make use of the Chrome browser. Close behind in second spot is Internet Explorer which comes in with 32.04 while Firefox maintains a good hold of the third spot at 23.73. Completing the top five are Safari with 7.12 and Opera with 1.72.