Interest in Microsoft's IE 7.0 (Internet Explorer 7.0) has stagnated, according to a pair of metrics vendors that track browser usage.

Within weeks of its October 2006 launch, IE 7.0 had gained nearly 10 percent of all browsers used on the web, reported Aliso Viejo, Net Applications in its latest look at browser use yesterday.

Over the next three months, IE 7.0 enjoyed month-to-month gains that ranged from 4 percent to almost 10 percent. By the end of February 2007, Internet Explorer 7.0 owned 29.1 percent of the market. Since then, however, IE 7.0 has taken two months to grow only another point and a half.

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The plateauing of IE 7.0 is both striking and no surprise, said Geoff Johnston, an analyst at rival metrics firm WebSideStory.

"In the last three months, IE 7.0's growth has slowed to a trickle," said Johnston. "IE 7.0 has a decent enough number - 31 percent as of last week - but IE 6.0 is still higher, at 46 percent-47 percent."

Net Applications' numbers match those of WebSideStory.