updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon April 2, 2012
NetApplications shows second big increase for IE
New NetApplications data has shown that Internet Explorer might be on a sustained, if slight, recovery in web share. Microsoft's browser gained almost exactly one point to hit 53.83 percent of browser use online. The gain roughly mirrored one from January and saw IE at its highest position since October.
The gains came from losses roughly spread across all competitors, with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari all declining slightly.
No explanation was given for the sudden revival, although Google's self-imposed, temporary penalty for disobeying its own rules on ads may have played a part. With fewer ads for Chrome, adoption may have been lower than it would have otherwise.
The increase was partly paralleled in operating systems, where Windows was back up to 92.48 percent and both the Mac and Linux were down slightly. It may have hinted that more people than usual were back at work during March given that StatCounter sees Chrome surging on weekends, indicating that IE was frequently being used by employees that weren't allowed to use something else until they returned home.
Mobile platforms didn't show the same clear trend. Apple was down slightly to 59.87 percent, but Android was also down; both lost to an unusual bounce back for Java ME feature phones, which recovered just a point to 15.1 percent. BlackBerry, Symbian, and others were mostly static.