Windows 8 and Internet Explorer, especially version 11, have been growing steadily since their release. But that growth came to a halt in June, and it didn’t pick up in July, with Microsoft’s new operating system in fact declining ever so slightly. But one battle that’s been raging for years has quietly seen a big change: Android’s presence on the Web has passed iOS’s.
The big desktop mover in July was Chrome, which is now up past 20 percent usage share. It gained a substantial 1.03 points, making big gains for two months in a row. Internet Explorer and Firefox both lost out, dropping 0.37 and 0.46 points respectively. Safari and Opera were also slightly down, falling by 0.12 and 0.06 points.
Safari has been on a downward trajectory for the better part of a year, as Android is making its presence felt on the Web. While Android has been consistently outselling iOS, this hasn’t been well reflected in Web data, suggesting perhaps a different usage pattern among Android buyers. But all those sales count for something. Apple’s browser is down 1.24 points. Android Browser is also down, falling 0.81 points, but Chrome is up a whopping 1.36 points, and the cross-platform Opera Mini is also up, gaining 0.8 points. Mobile Internet Explorer reached a new high, too, gaining 0.49 points in July.
The mobile operating system share (not graphed) is closely aligned with these browser numbers. iOS sits at 44.19 percent, compared to Android’s 44.62 percent, marking the firsts time (according to Net Market Share, the provider of the data we use) that Google’s operating system has passed Apple’s. Windows Phone is also at a new high, at 2.49 percent.
Internet Explorer 11’s growth seems to be well and truly at an end. In June it saw a negligible 0.02 point decline, but in July it was a little more pronounced, dropping 0.23 points. Internet Explorer 8, however, was up 0.31 points. While it does look as if every Internet Explorer 10 user who wants to upgrade to 11 has indeed made that switch, the decline likely represents a shift in Windows usage: Internet Explorer 8 is the version that’s preinstalled in Windows 7, and the newest version that’s available in the obsolete, unsupported, and insecure Windows XP…
… and as we can see, Windows 7 ticked upwards in July, and Windows XP refuses to disappear. More alarmingly, Windows 8.1 was very marginally down, dropping 0.05 points, and Windows 8.0 fell 0.01 points. Windows 7 was up 0.67 points, in contrast. Windows XP fell 0.49 points, so still a long way to go before that magnet for malware is off the Internet.