Nope, this is not a belated April Fools' joke, Internet Explorer has indeed gained some ground recently at the expense of its chief rivals Chrome and Firefox. Definitely a bit of good news for Microsoft's beleaguered browser which has been experiencing a steady downward trend for most of the past couple of years.
According to Net Applications, IE as a whole (all versions up to IE9) has risen by almost a full percentage point in the past month to grab 53.83% (up from 52.84%) of the global browser market, firming its hold on the top spot. Meanwhile, both Firefox and Chrome lost a bit of ground, slipping to 20.55% and 18.57%, respectively. And it looks like the lesser known and used browsers like Safari and Opera also had difficulty in the past month, getting lower figures compared to what they had in February. See chart below.
The thing is IE also had a good run in January so, yeah, you could say 2012 is turning out to be a pretty good year for the Big M's browser so far. We're betting the user adoption for IE9 has a lot to do with this given the newest version's improvements and upgrades. A sign of things to come? We don't know but if this continues, the IE9 jokes and doomsday predictions will slowly fade. Of course both Chrome and Firefox (as with other browsers) won't rest on this one and could be cooking up ways to get back on track and avoid further loses at this very moment.