Microsoft's Internet Explorer regained some of the browser usage it's lost in recent years, holding Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari at bay in March. IE rose from 52.8 percent of worldwide browser usage in February to 53.8 percent in March, a relatively large monthly jump in the statistics.
Meanwhile, the top four rivals dropped: Firefox from 20.9 percent to 20.6 percent, Chrome from 18.9 percent to 18.6 percent, Safari from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent, and Opera from 1.7 percent to 1.6 percent. IE of course has a big advantage over other browsers, at least on personal computers: it comes with Windows. What's changing now is that Microsoft, with the current IE9 and the forthcoming IE10 that will ship with Windows 8, is building a browser that no longer is the laughingstock of the Web developer world when it comes to performance, features, and compliance with Web standards.