But the latest Internet stats show that I might have been a bit premature in predicting the demise of Internet Explorer (IE).
Against the trends, IE market share actually grew in June 2010 for the first time in a year, to back over 60%. The growth was less than 1%, but it’s against a background of constant and significant declines.
The figures were compiled by Statistics from Net Applications, who have attributed the growth to recent advertising campaigns for the latest version of the browser, IE8.
Despite this growth, IE has a lot to do to regain previous highs. As recently as July 2008 it was being used by over 75% of Internet users.
The re-growth of IE was at the expense of my favorite browser Firefox, which dropped from 24% to 23%.
Another loser was niche browser Opera, which dropped a fraction of a % to just over 2%. Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari were up slightly too.
Have you seen the ads for IE? Have you switched back to IE? Have you ever left IE?! What’s the best browser for a website builder? Leave us a comment below.