Too many people in this world still use Internet Explorer 6 — the badly aging, 2001 version of Microsoft’s still-dominant browser line, that lacks basic modern features such as tabs. But this is changing, according to the latest stats from analytics service NetApplications. The global number of IE6 users has fallen to 19.21 percent this January from 30.63 percent last February. Other browsers have been growing, apparently at IE6’s expense.

Mozilla’s Firefox grew four percentage points to 21.53 percent over the last year, Apple’s Safari grew a little less than three percent to 8.29 percent and Google’s new Chrome browser grew to 1.12 after launching late last summer.

But Microsoft is far from losing the browser wars. Internet Explorer 7, the next version of IE, grew from 44.03 percent of the web’s browser market to 47.32 percent over the last year. Better yet, the yet-to-be-released Internet Explorer 8 actually looks pretty good . Altogether, IE still has 67.55 percent of the market.

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