Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for April 2011. Net Applications’ statistics are based on the activity of about 160 million visitors per month to Web sites using its services.
These are the latest figures on the performance of the Masters of the Universe of the Internet as far as web browsing is concerned.
- Internet Explorer: 55.11 – 55.92 = 0.81 percent.
- Firefox: 21.63 – 21.80 = 0.17 percent.
- Chrome: 11.94 – 11.57 = 0.37 percent.
- Safari: 7.15 – 6.61 = 0.54 percent.
- Opera: 2.14 – 2.15 = 0.01 percent.
- Others: 2.05 – 1.95 = 0.10 percent.
There are no surprises in these numbers. Microsoft Internet Explorer’s boat has lost its compass and therefore, has been sailing south for over a year. In the last twelve months IE has lost a walloping 5.21 percent. The leakage of red ink seems to be irreversible. Microsoft is also having a hard time keeping Windows in a healthy competitive position. In April, Windows went from 89.58 percent to 88.91 percent, representing a loss of 0.67 percent. On the other hand, Apple Mac and iOS boosted their global market share 0.56 percent. The Halo Effect of the red-hot iPad and iPhone is showing off.
Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting tooth and nail to retain its fragile second place. When the time was ripe, they lost the opportunity to knock the cover off the ball. Now the momentum is gone. My gut feeling is that soon they will have to move to a third place ceding its position to robust Google Chrome.
Google Chrome continued its steady rise, from 11.57 percent to 11.94 percent in April 2011. That’s a hike of 0.37 percent. The consistent growing trend is very clear. Chrome is heading north full speed ahead and will soon bump Firefox to third place. Google is also very active in the mobile phone arena where Android is rapidly becoming a favorite operating system for cellphones. Google is doing very well in the search engine arena when it controls 83.8 percent of the market versus Yahoo 8.88 percent and Baidu 4.38 percent. Bing holds a distant fourth place with 3.92 percent. There’s no doubt, Google’s strategy is to ensconce itself in an indisputable second place while nibbling away at IE’s base.
Apple Safari continues its upward trend. It gained 0.54 percentage points in March. The acceptance of the iPad tablet worldwide is indisputable and this success will positively affect the spread of Safari. This means more users of Safari and a better a market share position in the future. The recent revamp of the iMac will further enhanced Apple’s overall browser strength.