Here is the browser market share for January 2014, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change from December 2013):
Google Chrome: 44.64% (-1.25%)
Firefox: 24.60% (+1.16%)
IE: 24.55% (+2.22%)
Safari: 2.83% (-0.10%)
Opera: 1.00% (+0.01%)
January was a good month for IE, which gained back almost all of its losses in December. Microsoft continues to launch marketing campaigns to promote IE – the latest being the Rethink IE campaign that was launched on January 22nd. Microsoft wanted to show IE’s “leadership in trying to move the web forward” and highlight some of the experiences IE has helped to create. This campaign replaces the Browser You Love To Hate campaign that it launched on November 2012.
On the other end, Chrome lost 1.25% of market share. January saw a report that hackers can exploit a Chrome bug to eavesdrop on private conversations, even after the Chrome browser is closed. While it is unlikely that this news would have an impact on Chrome’s market share, it is nevertheless not a good development for Google.