Notable: In July, Internet Explorer, Safari Show Browser Market Share Gains

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser seems to be reversing its market share losses showing microscopic gains, according to research firm, Net Applications. The research group says the overall Internet Explorer share grew 0.42% worldwide in July 2010. While some of IE rivals showed a slight dip, Apple’s Safari and Opera saw their market share increase to 5.09 percent and 2.45 percent respectively.

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Internet Explorer 8 logged a 0.98% gain in July 2010 and now accounts for about 30 percent of worldwide browser usage. On the Windows Blog, Microsoft’s Senior Director, Internet Explorer Business and Marketing, Ryan Gavin blogs:

While the continued IE8 momentum is encouraging, developers and browser enthusiasts are equally as excited by the future of Internet Explorer. There is great buzz around the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Previews – with 2 million downloads of the Preview and over 16 million page views to the IE Test Drive site.

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