July is now over and soon we will hear soft children’s voices singing the classical Christmas carols. It’s incredible how time flies. It was only yesterday I was toasting for a Happy New Year 2008.
Now that July is over, I’m eager to find out who was the winner in the monthly web browser’s frantic race. According to statistics from Net Applications, Mozilla Firefox continues to be the clear winner and Safari the clear loser.
Below is a table showing the performance of the top browsers:
Top Browsers Market Share – July 2008
(Expressed in Percentages)
Mozilla Firefox continued to increase its global market participation, but not at the expense of Internet Explorer which held its ground in June. Almost one of every five Internet user uses Firefox as its preferred browser. I would have sworn Firefox was going to reach the 20 percent landmark in July as a result of the fanfare created by Firefox 3. However I have to admit the new version did pretty well. It reached 5.67 percent of the market in July compared to 2.31 percent in June. That’s pretty good.
With more and more Web 2.0 applications becoming available, the browser is becoming as important as the operating system. And, with the proliferation of mobile devices and the many new ways to access the Internet, the browser becomes ever more critical. Users are demanding more features, better security, complete site rendering compatibility (standards), and now rendering speed is becoming a differentiator.
Apple Safari is losing its charm. It lost 0.17 percent in July even though the iPhone was raising eyebrows everywhere and the Mac computer was selling like hot cakes.
Opera browser for desktops is not attractive to mainstream users. Their hot spot is in the mobile arena where they lead the pack by a wide margin.
And last, but certainly not least, Netscape is a die hard guy. Even though AOL pulled the plug from this legendary Internet icon, it still attracts web users. In July it crawled to a 0.69 percent global market share tied up with Opera.
That’s it folks. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and see if Mozilla Firefox breaks the 20 percent barrier next month. Arrivederci!