Internet Explorer's share drops below 50 percent

Last updated 12:46 03/11/2011

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

Internet Explorer can no longer claim more than half of the web's traffic, as of October, ending more than a decade of the default Microsoft browser's reign.

Safari's hold on 62.17 per cent of mobile traffic has reduced IE's overall share of web browsing, despite still claiming 52.63 per cent of desktop traffic, according to

The Microsoft browser's diminishing share reflects its near absence from the realms of mobile and tablet, which now make up 6 per cent of web traffic. However, chances are, you gave up on IE long enough ago that this milestone makes you more curious as to who actually still uses the browser.

As of October, Firefox is the second most popular web browser, accounting for 21.20 per cent of traffic, followed by Google Chrome and Safari, which account for 16.60 per cent and 8.72 per cent respectively.

Chrome, which recently celebrated its third birthday, experienced the most expansion in October, increasing its share of the desktop market 1.42 per cent.

Safari, the default browser in Apple's iPhone and iPad, continues to increase its dominance over the mobile web, gaining 6.58 per cent of the market. Safari's share is increasing faster than the iPhone's, probably due to how much mobile traffic is now driven by iPads.

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