Mozilla’s Firefox 1.0 was released in November 2004 and Google’s Chrome 1.0 was released in September 2008.
Now it looks as if the wind is turning, figures from the measurement company Net Applications show. At the end of last month, IE had a global market share of 58.5 percent. Although far from the 2005 figures, it is an increase of 13 percent compared to December 2011.
Since Microsoft’s bottoming 2.5 years ago, the company has released two new versions, IE10 which was released in October 2012 and IE11 which was released in October 2013. However, according to Al Hilwa of the measurement firm IDC, it is IE9 that turned the tide, despite the release of the browser already in March 2009.
“IE9 was a superb browser that was further improved with IE10, closing the gap between the rapidly advancing competitors, Chrome and Firefox,” says Al Hilwa.
At the end of last month, IE9, IE10 and IE11 together represented 55 percent of all IE versions.
The biggest recovery for IE occurred between 2012 and 2013, and the browser is up another half a percentage point so far this year. However, the reduced growth rate in 2014 may be a signal that the browser’s increased progress is about to stagnate.
However, what Microsoft has achieved on desktops has not been reflected on mobile devices. 18 months ago, IE accounted for only one percent of all mobile browsers, today the figure is two percent.
IE’s success in recent years has mainly come at the expense of Firefox, which is losing shares at an increasingly rapid pace.
The first version of Internet Explorer was released in 1995 and celebrates its 19th birthday on August 16.