New browser usage statistics are out for March from Net Applications. Net Applications’ monthly surveys are conducted by sampling browser data from some 160 million visits to websites operated by the firm’s clients. The company describes the results as “market shares,” but they do not actually measure share of market in the traditional sense of revenue or unit sales. They do, however, provide a consistent methodology by which to gauge operating system trends. It’s currently the most reliable source of information pertaining to Web browser’s market share performance.
These are the stats Net Applications published for March 2009:
Each browser has three figures. The first figure is March market share performance expressed in percentages, the second figure represents February market share also in percentages, and the third figure is the difference between March and February. Red represents a decrease and green an increase in market share for that particular browser. Here we go.
- Internet Explorer: 66.82% minus 67.44% = 0.62%
- Firefox: 22.05% minus 21.77% = 0.28%
- Safari: 8.23% minus 8.02% = 0.21%
- Chrome: 1.23% minus 1.15% = 0.08%
- Opera: 0.70% minus 0.71% = 0.01%
- Netscape: 0.69% minus 0.66% = 0.03%
- Others: 0.28% minus 0.25% = 0.03%
Microsoft Internet Explorer continues its downward trend, only this time the change was greater. It lost more than half a point in one month. This is bad. On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari are enjoying a healthy increase in its market participation.
Google Chrome is climbing, but at a snail’s pace. Not bad, but not good either. I thought its splash into the Web browser’s domain would have been more noticeable.
Opera is frozen in Norway at 0.70 percent. Its action is somewhere else in the mobile and gadgets arena. Netscape is the cat with a lot more than nine lives. This legendary browser has demonstrated that you can live twice. During March, its market share climbed 0.03 percent, meaning there’s still life in this baby.
Those are the statistics for March 2009. Let’s wait and see what happens in April. Will it be more of the same? Good Day.