Browser Market Share, March 2011

Here is the browser market share for March 2011, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change from February):

IE: 39.83% (-1.21%)
Firefox: 35.39% (-0.02%)
Google Chrome: 20.54% (+0.96%)
Safari: 1.82% (+0.02%)
Opera: 1.73% (+0.04%)

IE was the big loser in March, dropping below the 40% mark and is now at 39.83%. Meanwhile, Google Chrome climbed 0.96% and has now passed 20% in market share. Despite losing ground in March, the gap between Firefox and IE now stood at a miniscule 4.44%. We talked about the IE9 RC release in the February browser market share article, and it appeared that this didn’t do anything to help IE. In fact, among all IE browsers, IE9 accounted for just 2.87% in total. The biggest chunk went to IE8 with 56.18%, followed by IE7 with 27.24%. A little surprising was that IE6 still accounted for 13.66% of all IE traffic. This shows people are refusing to upgrade their IE, and indirectly, I believe, signals people’s distrust of IE.