Microsoft’s browsers last month relapsed into bad habits, again losing significant usage share to end January with just over 25%, a milepost that would have been rejected as absurdly low only a year and a half ago.
According to data published Wednesday by analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of IE and Edge — an estimate of the proportion of the world’s personal computer owners who ran those browsers — fell by a percentage point last month to a combined 25.2%.
The one-point decline of IE + Edge was substantially larger than the drop of December, when Computerworld interpreted that month’s seven-tenths of a point reduction as a sign that Microsoft’s browsers might be nearing the end of their slide. Instead, January’s quickening silenced that signal.
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