Internet Explorer hits all-time low

Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has a lower percentage of the market at any time since it overtook Netscape back in the olden days.

Those of you old enough to remember back to a time when Yahoo ruled the earth and Internet browsers roamed freely might be pleased to find that it looks like Microsoft's vice-like grip on the browser market finally seems to be slipping.

In fact, the convicted monopolists at Redmond have seen their share of the browser market dip below 60 per cent for the first time since Microsoft finally killed off those pesky Netscape kids.

Internet Explorer's ignominious fall from grace has been fuelled by a cavalcade of security scares, some of which were serious enough to prompt whole countries to tell their peons to steer clear of the software.

Despite posting its worst figures in recent history, Explorer is still nigh on three times more prevalent (we hesitate to use the word popular with good reason) than its nearest rival Firefox, which holds just over 22 per cent of the market.

Google's Chrome browser seems to be picking up many of the IE deserters but still only manages to corner a paltry 2.4 per cent of the market.