...there is no denying that Chrome is a solid Web browser that is enjoying relative success at the expense of competing browsers. However, if you look at the stats through some other lenses, Internet Explorer 8--and the upcoming Internet Explorer 9--are both gaining momentum as well.
While Internet Explorer did decline in overall global market share yet again, it is worth noting that it was the smallest decline Internet Explorer has experienced in the past year. What is more impressive is the fact that, breaking out Internet Explorer 8 separate from the rest of the Internet Explorer versions, IE8 actually had the biggest gain--growing 2.5 times faster than Google Chrome.
On the 'least geeky' of the sites I administer (where the average visitor is... erm... a bit of a Luddite - most of them have trouble sending an email, let alone using CAPTCHA-style verification, i.e. least likely to try another intertube computer thingy), the stats for all versions of IE are: 2010-06-01: 44% 2009-06-01: 53% 2008-06-01: 64% 2007-06-01: 72% 2006-06-01: 77%
They're not denying that IE's share is decreasing overall. In the period being discussed IE's share was fairly stable, and IE8 gained more than Chrome. That means people are upgrading from IE 6 & 7. That's a good thing for most of us.