IE 11 snares 10 percent of desktop browser traffic

Use of the browser has surged since Microsoft unveiled a version for Windows 7 in November, according to data from Net Applications.

Net Applications

Internet Explorer 11 continues to catch on with Web surfers.

The latest version of IE grabbed 10.4 percent of all desktop browser traffic recorded in December by Web tracker Net Applications. That number revealed a huge bounce from the 3.2 percent seen in November and the 1.5 percent in October.

IE 11 initially popped up as part of the Windows 8.1 preview that debuted in June. A version for Windows 7 finally appeared in early November as an "important" update, paving the way for its adoption by a much larger audience. The December stats show IE 11 in fourth place, behind IE 8 with a 20.6 percent share, Chrome 31 with 12.8 percent, and IE 10 with 11 percent.

Overall, IE remains the dominant browser with a 57.9 percent share in December, according to Net Applications. Firefox took second place with 18.3 percent, followed by Chrome with 16.2 percent.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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