Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for July 2012. 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: 53.93 – 54.02 = 0.09 percent
- Firefox: 20.16 – 20.06 = 0.10 percent
- Chrome: 18.68 – 19.08 = 0.20 percent
- Safari: 4.93 – 4.73 = 0.20 percent
- Opera: 1.59 – 1.60 = 0.01 percent
- Others: 0.51 – 0.51 = 0.00 percent
Unexpected surprises this month. Microsoft Internet Explorer’s has again continued its downward trend. Not even the upcoming launch of Windows 8 nor the release of a brand new tablet has improved its performance. I wish I were a fly on Steve Ballmer’s office to see his reaction on the poor creativity at Microsoft. Windows operating system and Microsoft Office seem to be their only cash cow. It has been for a long time, while the competition has opened their wings into other profitable territories.
Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting tooth and nail to retain its fragile second place. It staved off the rivals with a 0.10 percentage point gain. That’s not much, but it’s a stronger showing than the steady losses that Firefox has experienced since reaching its high-water mark of 24.7 percent of usage in November 2009. My gut feeling is that soon they will have to move to a third place ceding its position to robust Google Chrome.
Google Chrome unexpectedly made a dramatic turn downwards. They lost 0.20 percent global market share in only one month. I thought they were the unstoppable train; but I guess in technology anything can happen. The race in this category is red-hot with Google, Apple and Safari trying to take the lead. The sweet spot is the category of computing tablets where Apple is a front-runner candidate to nail down the gold with the omnipresent iPad.
Apple Safari continues its upward trend. It gained 0.20 percentage points in July. 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. Looking at the new iPad, you get the sense that the tablet is pretty much perfect. After all, its processing punch, a Retina display screen, and enough apps that you can pretty much do anything you want with it. This promises more gold medals for the company from Cupertino.