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Internet Explorer still king of web browsers despite the rise of Google Chrome

Despite the rapid rise of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer is still very much the world's leading browser, with almost 57 per cent of the market.

Although the latest numbers from web research firm Net Applications show Chrome was the biggest winner in terms of market share gain in July, the expected demise of Internet Explorer in some quarters is still some way off, with Firefox more likely under threat.

Between June and July, Internet Explorer gained 0.46 percentage points to take its share to 56.61 per cent. Meanwhile, Firefox lost 0.86 per cent to go down to 18.29 per cent.

Chrome on the other hand went up by 0.59 per cent to reach 17.76 per cent, and Apple's Safari slipped 0.13 per cent to 5.42 per cent, and Opera went down further to a paltry 1.49 per cent.

The last time Firefox had such a low share of the browser market was over five years ago, before Chrome even appeared, so its future doesn't look that bright, going by Net Applications' figures. Chrome is set to surpass Firefox some time this year if present user trends continue.

Net Applications bases its figures on data captured from 160 million unique visitors each month, through monitoring around 40,000 websites for its clients.

Other web research companies, such as StatCounter, measure browser market share through page views, rather than unique users. By its calculations Chrome is the leading browser with 43.12 per cent market share, with IE on 24.53 per cent, and Firefox with 20.09 per cent.

Arguably though, that just tells us Chrome users spend more time online, rather than being installed on more PCs, tablets and mobile devices.