Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for June 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 behemoths of the Internet as far as web browsing is concerned.
- Internet Explorer: 53.68 – 54.27 = 0.59 percent.
- Firefox: 21.67 – 21.71 = 0.04 percent.
- Chrome: 13.11 – 12.52 = 0.59 percent.
- Safari: 7.48 – 7.28 = 0.20 percent.
- Opera: 1.73 – 2.03 = 0.30 percent.
- Others: 2.33 – 2.19 = 0.14 percent.
There is an unexpected surprise in these numbers which I will comment later. Microsoft Internet Explorercontinues its fatal nosedive trajectory. In the last ten months IE has lost a walloping 6.80 percent. The leakage of red ink seems to be irreversible. Microsoft prefers to look at its Windows 7 share of IE9 rather than the global share, since it considers Windows 7 a leading indicator of future trends.
Google Chrome continued its steady rise, from 12.52 percent to 13.11 percent. That’s a hike of 0.59 percent. The growth trend is very clear. They are 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 . The race in this category is red-hot with Google and Apple while Opera seems to lose stamina. The sweet spot is the browser used in computing tablets where Apple is a front-runner candidate to nail down the gold.
Apple Safari continues its upward trend. It gained 0.25 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. Apple is a rising force in mobile browsing. Its iPad surpassed one percent of browser usage worldwide, Net Applications said.