It has taken a little while, but Internet Explorer 10, the latest version of Microsoft’s in-house web browser, is now poised to take its rightful place as the number one web browser in the world.

Well, at least according to Net Applications data for August 2013.

The newest numbers from the market researcher show that while Internet Explorer continues to dominate the browser market, version 8 of Microsoft’s browsing software is currently the reigning king. Internet Explorer 8 is number one in the world with a share of 21.65 percent.

But Internet Explorer 10, on the other hand, is fast climbing the charts.

The latest version of IE is installed by default with Windows 8, and is steadily increasing its market share as the operating system finds itself powering more and more computers. That, and the fact that it was made available to Windows 7 users a few months back, is also playing a part in its inspiring ascent.

IE 10 is, as of this writing, the runner up with an 18.65 percent slice of the pie.

In fact, this particular version of the browser has shown an impressive growth pattern in the past few months — it was hovering at only 9.26 percent back in May this year, but climbed to 13.52 percent in June and then 15.36 percent in July.

These are some impressive (if unsurprising) strides.

Google Chrome and Firefox are still trailing behind the current market leader, according to Net Applications. Chrome 28, for instance, is the only browser not made by Microsoft that took the podium last month, with a share of 9.96 percent.

Firefox 23, on the other hand, was only installed on 7.15 percent of the tallied computers.

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  • David Banks

    Really??? I find that very hard to believe, especially as it has minimal support for HTML5. Looking around I see that Net Applications is the only site in the world claiming these most unlikely stats.

    • Ray C

      I’m not sure the average consumer cares as much about HTML5 yet. I really don’t trust the stats from the websites that show IE barely being used anymore. I just don’t buy that most people aren’t using it just out of familiarity.I think there is some validity of IE10 being fast climbing just from co-workers and clients. There are a lot of people who have upgraded to 10 either on purpose or without even knowing it. I run across people all the time with IE10 that probably don’t even remember seeing it during Windows Update.