Chrome Gains Ground Again in Browser Market Share Report, Firefox Takes a Knee
Starting with the former, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser still dominates the competition with a commanding 56.61 percent share of the desktop browser market, up from 56.15 percent in June. Year-on-year, IE has increased its share by 2.68 percentage points.
Chrome, meanwhile, had another positive month, jumping from 17.17 percent in June to 17.76 percent at the end of July. Both figures are down from a year when Chrome held a 19.08 percent share of the market, perhaps suggesting that Google's browser may have peaked. Meanwhile, Mozilla's Firefox browser declined for the second straight month, ending July with an 18.29 percent share of the market. That's down from 20.16 percent in July 2012.
The discrepancy in market share comes from the way each firm collects its data. Net Market Share pulls its figures from browsers of site visitors to its exclusive on-demand network of HitsLink Analytics and SharePost clients, which includes over 40,000 websites around the globe and 160 million unique visits per month. StatCounter relies on tracking code installed on more than 3 million sites around the world and over 15 billion page views per month.