The battle for browser supremacy sure has its ups and downs. Take Firefox for example. The much adored browser has just hit a 50 month low. Google Chrome, however, continues its ascent and gained the most market share in July.

The default web browser on Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer still enjoys a very comfortable lead.

IE currently has a downright staggering market share of 56.61 percent — all versions combined, of course. But the version breakdown of Internet Explorer is still highly interesting.

A substantial amount of its user base is still using the vintage old (and particularly unsecure) IE 6, meaning Microsoft has to take care of security issues on the default Windows XP browser. IE 7 and IE 9 hover somewhere in between, while IE 10, the current flagship, is on the rise.

Leading position still belongs to IE 8, the most used version of Internet Explorer. All these factors combine to ensure that Internet Explorer still holds the largest market share for web browsers.

But according to The Next Web, Chrome is on aggressive mode and has grabbed another 0.59 percentage points this past month — it now owns 17.76 percent of the entire web browser market.

Internet Explorer also increased its overall lead, but by 0.46 percent.

Firefox came in as the losing party last month, having lost 0.86 percentage points and crashing to 18.29 percent. Apple’s Safari also slipped a bit to end up at 5.42 percent. Opera rounded up the top five, and now holds a mere 1.49 percent of the market.

User privacy is on everyone’s mind these days — and for good reason too. But the information Edward Snowden recently leaked about PRISM (and the companies involved in the game) seems to not have had too much of an effect in the browser world.

Other browsers only make up 0.43 percent of the pie, and this list includes solutions like DuckDuckGo and other such web browsers that do not track user activities.

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  • Greg

    IE does not have 56% of the marketshare. NetApplication is the only one reporting this. Chrome is already killing IE in all other groups.

    • Ray C

      I’m still not sure if I completely trust these numbers. I’m not sure most consumers or the average person can even tell you what Google Chrome is. They can’t even call Firefox by the right now. You wouldn’t guess how many people I’ve heard say Fox Fire or some other grouping of fox or fire. I just find it hard to believe that a majority of people are not using IE outside the fact you can’t install anything these days without something trying to make you download chrome and make it your default browser or all these websites with prompts acting like they only work in Chrome.