August is now a memory. It’s time to turn the page and look forward in search of fresh activities and goals. However, it’s always prudent to look back and learn from past experiences. History is a dependable teacher full of wisdom.
As usual, I depend on Net Applications to monitor the past performance of web browsers. It’s the best reference website which covers this exciting field. Every month they come out with graphs and statistics regarding the global market share performance of the major Web browsers.
Below are the latest figures for August 2010, fresh from the oven, metaphorically speaking. Statistics are expressed in percentage points.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: 60.40, down from 60.74
- Mozilla Firefox: 22.93, up from 22.91
- Google Chrome: 7.52, up from 7.16
- Apple Safari: 5.16, up from 5.09
- Opera: 2.37, down from 2.45
- Others: 1.62, down from 1.66
To my surprise, Internet Explorer went down to Mexico for a summer vacation. They had reversed their bleeding trend last month, but lost its momentum in August. They lost 0.34 points. I’m sure Steve Ballmer is making sure their elves are properly aligned to fix this bump in the road. Microsoft has proved many times it’s a resilient organization, able to spin on the head of a pin. They’ve had a hard time understanding how the Internet works, but they’re getting there with new blood and a more humble attitude.
The data from Net Applications for browser market share in August show that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 continues to lead overall and outpace all competitors in growth. Even better news is that Internet Explorer 6—the archaic and insecure browser that refuses to die—is losing ground. In a couple of weeks Microsoft is expected to launch the public beta of the next generation browser—Internet Explorer 9.
Firefox market share was relatively stagnant, but it managed to scratch its way to the number two position thanks to Internet Explorer 6 falling nearly a percent. They are currently in a stalemate and have remained there for several months, after galloping unsuccessfully towards their elusive landmark of 25 percent market share. At this moment, that seems a distant goal as the competitive gap widens.
Google consolidated its third place with a solid 7.52 percent, gaining 0.36 points in August. This represents an impressive hike of 5 percent. Every week Google is lifting the curtain to display a new version of a Chrome Beta version. Their latest upgrade was Chrome 7.0.503.0 Beta. Google is determined to race Microsoft Internet Explorer all the way to the finish line. They have all money in the world and the know-how to compete with the once unbeatable behemoth.
Apple hold a decent fourth place with a global market share of 5.16 behind Google Chrome. They gained 0.07 percent in August as a result of all the hoopla of the glamorous iPad and the rest of the gang. I’m sure Apple will give Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google a run for its money. Its war chests are full and they have a relentless leader at the helm. Apple has proved to be a formidable player. They just came up with a revamped collection of iPods, iTunes, and a renewed operating system which is raising more than one eyebrow.
Opera went to sleep in August. They slipped backwards 0.08 percent, but I’m sure they’ll rebounce. This Norwegian player has demonstrated to be a persistent opponent. They are doing extremely well coughing out software for mobile phones and gadgets with excellent results. Their resiliency is legendary in the field.
The Xmas season is advancing very fast and it will be interesting to see what the honchos are preparing for the holidays. The race for the Clouds is getting white-hot, no doubt about that. Good Day.
Source: Net Applications