Microsoft has increased its share of the global web browser market to 85.85 percent, gaining ground at the expense of Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari browsers.

Internet Explorer’s share has risen by 2.8 percent since July, according to research by OneStat.com, while Firefox dropped to 11.49 percent, down 1.44 percent over the same period. Apple's Safari has lost 0.23 percent share, now accounting for 1.61 percent, according to the research firm.

Opera and Netscape round out the list of top web browsers worldwide.

OneStat said Firefox was most popular in the US, grabbing 14.88 percent US market share. Internet Explorer has an 80.77 percent share in the US, with Safari accounted for only 3.41 percent.