Analytics firms agree on August resurgence for Microsoft IE

StatCounter showed IE reversing many months of declines in browser usage in August.

(Credit: Data from StatCounter; chart by Stephen Shankland/CNET)

StatCounter and Net Applications disagree about the best way to measure browser usage, but for August, they agreed on one thing: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had something of a resurgence.

The two firms use different methodology to measure browser usage — for example, StatCounter measures all page views to its network of Web sites while Net Applications only counts one per day to try to measure users more than usage. As a result, StatCounter names Google’s five-year-old Chrome as the top browser, but Net Applications gives the honor to IE.

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