Data released by analyst firm Netmarketshare points to a surprising growth from Internet Explorer as the Microsoft web browser manged to grab an additional 0.57 per cent of the global browser market in June 2010.
This is the first time IE's share is growing in nearly one year. Back in August 2009, IE cornered more than two thirds of the browser market but this has since fallen down.
Netmarketshare, which collects data from millions of internet users globally, says that the rise of Internet Explorer is due mainly to Internet Explorer which gained 0.66 per cent worldwide across all operating systems.
Conversely, Firefox dropped by 0.51 per cent to 23.81 - the first time since September 2009 that its marketshare slides below 24 per cent. Chrome's marketshare still holds at 7.24 per cent, tripling its share from last year.
Interestingly, IE grew faster in Europe rather than in Asia and Netmarketshare reckons that the current Internet Explorer marketing drive, called browse with confidence, may explain the June surge.
The growth of IE8 however would stem more from the rising adoption of Windows 7 operating system which comes with the browser by default.