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The browser bug was so severe the US and UK issued warnings. Surprisingly, Microsoft's fix brings an update to its outmoded XP software.
Internet Explorer used to be the laughing stock of the browser world, but Microsoft's browser is once again a force to be reckoned with thanks to improvements in speed, security, and standards compliance.
Microsoft's latest OS now holds an 8 percent share, while XP continues to lose speed, according to new stats from NetApplications.
The latest flavor of Windows scored 5.4 percent of all Web traffic seen by Net Applications in July, up slightly from 5.1 in June.
Internet Explorer 11 ships by default in Windows 8.1, and a developer preview of the browser for Windows 7 confirms that the older OS won't be left behind -- for now.
The new OS made a small gain in February from January's 2.3 percent, but it is still in fourth place behind the three top dogs: Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
Microsoft's browser took home a 54 percent slice of the market in June, leaving Firefox and Chrome each with around 20 percent, says Net Applications.
iOS continues to gain ground as the vehicle through which folks access the mobile Web, leaving Android with less than 20 percent, notes Net Applications.
Windows 7 ends June with more than 41 percent of the OS market, compared with XP at around 43 percent.
The 10-year-old operating system saw its market share drop in February but it still commands a leading 45 percent.