UPDATE 1: NetMarketshare has pulled their December 2014 stats, likely proving inaccuracies in the data they provided. We will update this post when the updated stats are published. You can read the original story below.
UPDATE 2: New stats from the analytics firm has been added at the bottom of the post.
The latest figures from NetMarketshare are here and it doesn’t present a very pretty picture for Microsoft when it comes to browsers. According to the latest figures, Internet Explorer has fallen dramatically from 58.94 percent to 28.70, a fall of over 30 percent compared to last month’s statistics. On the other hand, Chrome has taken the lead when it comes to browsers, rising to 44.32 percent when compared to last month. Firefox is at the third spot 12.80 percent, down from 13.26. Safar and Opera are also in the list with 4.53 and 1.53 percent while Others account for 0.16 percent.
The image isn’t even promising when it comes to browser versions for Internet explorer either. Last month, Internet Explorer 11 was on the top spot when it comes to browsers with 25.49 percent, but this month, the same browser has fallen to 11.76 percent, while the Internet Explorer 8 is now down to almost 8 percent. Google’s browsers latest version, Chrome 39, is running on 39.02 percent of devices, helping it take the top spot.
Among others, Chrome 36 is on 6.96 percent, Firefox 34 on 6.65 percent and there’s a proprietary or undetectable browser being users by 7.63 percent of users, which is a little surprising.
The year 2014 was good for the company when it comes to several products, but it doesn’t appear to be a good one when it comes to popular software like Internet Explorer, even Windows. Earlier today, NetMarketShare also revealed a drop in the share of Windows 8.1 to around 8 percent, which isn’t too pleasant. While we can’t be sure who to blame for the falling figures, it sure is a little worrying, but we’re hoping things may change with the upcoming Windows 10 which is expected to release sometime next year.
Net Applications has published new stats — this one actually makes sense. According to which, Internet Explorer 11 still tops the charts with 21.79% of the share. Right below it is, Internet Explorer 8 with 19.28% of share, Chrome v39 with 12.79% of share, Internet Explorer 9 with 9.29% of share, and Firefox v34 with 6.18% of share.