The browser wars are well and alive, then! Internet Explorer has shown some strong progress over the past couple of years, even though Microsoft is ready to make IE part of history.

And that is because the company is readying Spartan, the codename for a brand new web browser that will be introduced with Windows 10 when the new operating system launches later this year.

That said, it does not mean Internet Explorer is on the down.

Numbers provided by market research firm Net Applications for the month of March 2015 indicate that Internet Explorer continues to be the top choice for users worldwide, with a large number of them using Microsoft’s browser to browse the web.

In fact, IE now has more than double the market share of Google Chrome.

Net Applications Browser March 2015

It now powers more than 1 in every 2 PCs across the globe, with Internet Explorer 11 leading the charts with a commanding share of 24.22%. Internet Explorer 8 follows suit with 17.3%. And Google Chrome is good enough for a third place finish at 10.66%.

Internet Explorer 11 is, of course, now the default browser on both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

Overall though, the various versions of IE account for a total of 56.54% share worldwide, and Chrome in total comes as a runner up with 24.99%.

Firefox had a share of 11.89% this past month, while Safari come next with 5%.

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