Net Applications' August browser usage share figures confirm that "IE8 moves into its 18th month, it remains the fastest growing browser worldwide. IE8 grew 1.17% to account 32.04% of usage share worldwide – more than three times that of Chrome's 0.36% share growth. Firefox remained largely flat for August with a slight gain of 0.02% worldwide.
While IE6 share declined 0.87% to 16.99%. Share of nearly decade-old IE6 fell below 5% in Europe and is nearing 5% in many developed markets such as U.S., UK and France. The major holdout for IE6 is China with over 46% share (50.5% if you include editions), which's significantly skewing global share.
IE9 Platform Previews continue to generate great buzz among developers and browser enthusiasts, with over 2.5 million downloads and 20 million page views to IE Test Drive.