What is a dose of operating system statistics, without a look at the web browser landscape? Things rarely change on both fronts, at least not radically, but the figures are always interesting, nevertheless.

And while we actually saw some surprises in the OS market last month, with more users moving to Windows XP instead of newer versions of the operating platform, the browser statistics show that Internet Explorer still remains the king of the hill.

In fact, IE11 has actually now become the third top application of its kind in the world.

This impressive growth has been confirmed by Net Applications that has the latest version of Microsoft’s browser siting at 11.51 percent, just behind Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 26.

Internet Explorer 11 is supported on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and is very likely to keep growing throughout the year, as users move from older platforms to newer ones, and Windows powered tablet usage increases.

However, competing figures released by StatCounter for the month of January 2014, again, paint a different picture. According to this set of data, Internet Explorer has a combined market share of 22.85 percent, good enough for second place.

Google Chrome is the leader in these parts of the wood with 43.67 percent overall standing. Firefox comes in at third place, after posting a market share of 18.98 percent.

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  • The_Norseman

    What browsers are under “other”?

    • Ray C

      It’s probably Opera, Safari, and any browser more than 3 versions back.

  • shinsenai

    If I’m not mistaken, Net Applications and StatCounter produce their number in very different ways. Net Applications counts unique visitors, while StatCounter uses page hits. This can produce widely different numbers based on the browsing habits of different categories of users, or possibly browser features like page pre-fetching, which is not available in IE8 (IE9?), but is in most versions of Firefox and Chrome. Could this explain the differences in the reports?