The Microsoft browser is increasing the share of users who had lost in recent times, at the expense of rival Chrome, which continues to lose followers gradually. According to usage statistics that handles Net Applications , Internet Explorer than 55% share of use, a figure that continues to increase since August 2012, when the Redmond browser marked at least a 53% share.

Up Internet Explorer and Firefox, while Chrome low

From January to February, Internet Explorer increased its percentage of users by 0.68%, from 55.14 to 55.82% share. Meanwhile, Firefox also slightly increased their followers by 0.18 percentage points, so that goes from 19.94 to 20.12%. The other side of the coin is for Chrome, since according to data from Net Applications has suffered a significant drop in users of no less than 1.21%, down from 17.48% in January had 16.27% share in this last February.

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Safari grew 0.18% to reach 5.42 Percentages points, while Opera also saw their share increase by 0.10% to up to 0.55% of the total.

Internet Explorer 9 and 8 are still the most used versions

IE 9 and IE 8 continue as versions of Microsoft’s browser more accepted by users, with a 21.67% and 23.38% usage share, respectively. However, despite their dominance, both have seen their numbers decrease user. For Internet Explorer 9, the decrease was a remarkable 0.74% since January, while Internet Explorer 8 dwindled their numbers in a slight 0.18%.

This decrease has been good Internet Explorer 10, the new version of the browser that is installed by default in Windows 8 and which has recently been released for Windows 7. It already has 1.58% usage share, a figure that has increased from 0.29 points in January.

Meanwhile, Internet Explorer 6 is still used by a stunning 6.33% of users, when this version of the Microsoft browser that came installed by default in Windows XP, has more than eleven years.

Possible EU sanctions to Microsoft

However, this increase of IE users can cost to Microsoft, since the EU can punish the software giant for failing to offer browser choice screen (browser ballot) in Windows 7 SP1, as requested in your day to avoid a possible monopoly.