As the month of November comes to an end, we have a fresh set of statistics from Net Applications about the performance of the major web browsers. Let’s take a look and see if we can find some surprises, or if it’s the same pattern as previous months.
- Internet Explorer: 58.26 less 59.18 = (0.92)
- Firefox: 22.75 less 22.83 = (0.08)
- Chrome: 9.25 less 8.50 = 0.75
- Safari: 5.55 less 5.36 = 0.19
- Opera: 2.20 less 2.29 = (0.09)
- Other: 1.99 less 1.85 = 0.14
There were no surprises in November. Microsoft has been unable to contain the bleeding of its flagship browser. It lost almost one percentage point and the picture is a free fall of a once formidable player in the browsing arena. The mojo has been lost and a compass is badly needed to find the Northern route.
Mozilla is doing all it can to reverse the downward trend of Firefox. It has been losing market share for the previous seven months and the once sought landmark of the 25 percent landmarks is now only a literary illusion.
Google Chrome is the shining star of the movie. It has a solid third place and gaining ground even as we speak. In November it advanced 0.75 percent which gives you a good idea of how healthy this player is. It’s heading for second place, if you ask me.
Apple Safari is also moving forward thanks to the stamina provided by the instant hit, the iPad. This electronic darling is rapidly becoming a mainstream gadget pulling Apple’s browser to higher ground.
Norwegian Opera is rather stagnant with a slender 2.2 percent market share. The action is elsewhere—in the mobile phone arena where it’s king. I enjoy using Opera Mini in my Chinese cellphone. Easy to use, excellent layout of web pages and extremely fast. It is here where Opera really shines.
That’s it folks. The losers for November were Internet Explorer and Firefox. The clear winners were Chrome and Safari. We’ll meet again next year and see what the numbers say. Will it be more of the same? Good Day.
Source: Net Applications