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IE Web Browser Market Share Increases, Chrome Drops

Microsoft's web browser market share has increased with Internet Explorer, while Google's Chrome has decreased.

During February, Microsoft's browser accounted for 55.82 percent of global users, a slight increase from 55.14 percent in January. The figures stem from Net Applications, which tracks data from 160 million unique visitors a month across 40,000 websites.

Internet Explorer 8 and 9 are the most popular versions of the browser, which boasts a 23.38 percent and 21.67 percent hold of the market, respectively. Internet Explorer 10, however, settles for fewer users than older versions of the browser with 1.58 percent. Windows 7, currently the most popular version of the software giant's operating system, received IE 10 last month, several months after the updated browser's launch.

Google Chrome saw its market share decrease to 16.27 percent in February, a 1.21 percent decrease from 17.48 percent in January. The drop has led to the first month that Chrome has slipped below 17 percent since September 2011. It also follows three months of decline at the end of 2012.

Mozilla followed Microsoft in second with 20.12 percent via Firefox, representing a slight increase from a 19.94 percent market share in January. Safari increased its share by 0.18 percent to 5.42 percent, while Opera gained 0.10 percent for a 0.55 percent share.

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