Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) became the world's most popular browser
during January, gaining 22.31 per cent of the market and overtaking IE6 for the
The rise represented a jump from 20.86 per cent in December, and meant that
the browser took just nine months to reach market dominance after its launch in
March. However, the figures from market intelligence firm NetApps showed that
IE6 share dropped to 20.07 per cent. The browser has been widely criticised by
governments around the world after it was discovered that the hackers who
attacked Google in January exploited an IE6 flaw.