New browser usage statistics are out for February from Net Applications. Net Applications’ monthly surveys are conducted by sampling browser data from some 160 million visits to websites operated by the firm’s clients. The company describes the results as “market shares,” but they do not actually measure share of market in the traditional sense of revenue or unit sales. They do, however, provide a consistent methodology by which to gauge operating system trends. It’s currently the most reliable source of information pertaining to Web browser’s market share performance.
These are the stats Net Applications published for February 2009:
Each browser has three figures. The first figure is February market share performance expressed in percentages, the second figure represents January market share also in percentages, and the third figure is the difference between February and January. Red means a decrease and green an increase in market share for that particular browser. Here we go.
- Internet Explorer: 67.51% minus 67.55% = 0.04%
- Firefox: 21.73% minus 21.53% = 0.20%
- Safari: 8.00% minus 8.29% = 0.29%
- Chrome: 1.15% minus 1.12% = 0.03%
- Opera: 0.71% minus 0.70% = 0.01%
- Netscape: 0.66% minus 0.57% = 0.09%
- Others: 0.24 minus 0.24% = 0.00%
The big winner in February was Mozilla Firefox which moved up almost one quarter of one percent which is very good. This time it wasn’t at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Strangely enough, it was at the expense of Apple Safari which lost 0.29%.
Another big winner was legendary Netscape which rose 0.09%. It’s absolutely amazing how loyal to Netscape its followers are, after AOL pulled the plug to this historic browser. Netscape challenges logic. Even though it has no customer support from AOL, it retains fans within its camp. I appreciate brand loyalty for a legendary software which paved the way for the rest of the browsers during the early days of the Internet.
The rest of the picture is more or less the same. Big winners: Mozilla Firefox and Netscape. Big loser: Apple Safari. Good Day.