Moscow: The number of Russian internet users more than doubled from 10 million to 25 million since August 2009.
The growth was mainly due to users from Russian regions, while the share of users from Russia`s two largest cities - Moscow and St. Petersburg - fell from 51 percent to about 40 percent.
The popularity of Microsoft Internet Explorer browser dropped significantly in the reported period, losing 17 percentage points. About 28 percent internet users currently prefer IE, followed by Firefox with 26 percent and Google Chrome with 17 percent.
Yandex retained its status of Russia`s largest search engine, serving 54 percent of all search requests, while Google accounts for 40percent.
Microsoft software is likely to retain its leading status among operating systems used by Russians, with nearly 94% of all Russian Internet users having Windows OS installed on their computers. The number, however, decreased by three percentage points in two years.